Orleans Complex Fire Update 9-20-17
Incident: Orleans Complex Wildfire
ORLEANS, California, September 20, 2017 Today at 6:00pm South Central Sierra Type 2 Interagency Incident Management Team with Incident Commander Deron Mills will assume command of the Orleans Complex.Current Fire Situation: The Orleans Complex is currently 27,224 acres and is 53% completed. The Haypress Fire, the largest in the complex, has burned 21,075 acres and has increased to 35% completed. Precipitation last night minimized fire behavior and will continue to inhibit growth on the Orleans Complex. Resources continue suppression repair and take advantage of favorable weather conditions to complete direct line. Continued emphasis on direct line and suppression repair remain the priorities. Repair work has begun on some dozer lines and roads, as conditions allow.
Safety: Fire weakened trees and snags from previous fires, present aerial hazards to fire suppression personnel. Due to the increase in precipitation, slides and debris will also be contributing hazardous conditions. Hunting season is currently open and portions of the Six Rivers and Klamath National Forests are closed. Firefighters are continuing suppression and repair activities in forest closures areas. 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.
Weather: Rainy conditions expected throughout Wednesday. Gusty west winds are possible along the ridge tops otherwise winds will be light from the west through much of the week. 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: http://bit.ly/2xDQhof
Map: http://bit.ly/2wfNCBD Closure Order No. 17-05-797 closes a portion of the Ukonom and Happy Camp Ranger Districts northeast of the Ukonom Fire Closure: http://bit.ly/2wAbXVt
Fire Restrictions: The Six Rivers National Forest remains under fire restrictions to provide for public and resource safety (http://bit.ly/2wfQ7Ed).
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