Orleans Complex Fire Update 9-18-17
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
ORLEANS, California, September 18, 2017
Evacuations: All evacuation warnings are lifted as of 1200 today. Residents can stay informed of changing conditions by calling the fire information number (530-572-1129) or going to http://www.facebook.com/SixRiversNF or https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5430/.
Current Fire Situation: The fires within the Orleans Complex were ignited by lightning and involved numerous fires in the Marble Mountain range on the Six Rivers National Forest. The Haypress Fire is the largest of the Orleans Complex fires and has burned 21,075 acres. The Ukonom Fire at 4,238 acres, and the Burney Fire at 1,642 acres, continue to remain relatively inactive. The Orleans Complex estimated to be approximately 53% complete.
The predicted rain is expected to assist with fire suppression efforts over the next few days. Handcrews continue to put direct and indirect fire lines in predetermined areas on the Haypress fire. Dozers are making significant progress on the west side of Haypress boundaries. Fire protection material was removed from the cabins in the Wooley Creek area.
Air quality: Westerly winds will bring more humid air throughout the area. Smoke will diminish throughout the day.
Weather: A general cool and wet pattern is predicted for the fire area beginning tonight and lasting through Thursday. Very light rain is possible today and Tuesday with wetting rains expected early Wednesday. Some gusty west winds are possible along the ridge tops otherwise winds will be light and from the west through much of the week.
Safety: Extremely steep and rugged terrain poses a threat to firefighters. Fire weakened green trees along with snags from previous fires present hazards to fire suppression personnel. Debris and slides from precipitation causes additional hazards.
Hunting season is currently open. Firefighters may be conducting suppression activities in hunting areas. Portions of the Six Rivers and Klamath National Forests are closed. Contact your local ranger station for current closure information. Motorists traveling on State Highway 96 are reminded that there will be numerous firefighting vehicles on the roadway. Please drive with caution. Should the fire reach the road, drivers can expect periods of limited visibility and possible traffic controls, including controlled traffic and potential intermittent hard closures.
Closures: The Klamath National Forest has issued Closure Order No. 17-05-801 to close trails, roads, and lands on the Ukonom Ranger District as a result of Orleans Complex fires:
Closure Order No. 17-05-797 closes a portion of the Ukonom and Happy Camp Ranger Districts northeast of the Ukonom Fire
Fire Restrictions: The Six Rivers National Forest remains under fire restrictions to provide for public and resource safety (http://bit.ly/2wfQ7Ed).
For more information about the Six Rivers National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/srnf, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SixRiversNF, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SixRiversNF.
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