Six Rivers NF Fire Update: August 12, 2017
Incident: Ruth Complex Wildfire
EUREKA, California, August 12, 2017 – New fires from the recent lightning over the last week on the Six Rivers National Forest are expected to continue to be detected from the Gasquet Ranger District to the north to the Mad River Ranger District to the south.
A new fire has been added to the Orleans Complex on the Orleans Ranger District. The Haypress fire, located in the Marble Mountain Wilderness near Woolly Creek, was discovered yesterday. Crews have begun assessing the hazards and developing a confinement strategy. Terrain in the fire area is steep, rugged and remote.
The Orleans Complex is comprised of two zones, East and West. The East Zone is being managed by a type 2 Incident Management Team, SoCal Team 3, led by Incident Commander Mike Wakoski. The West Zone is under a type 3 team led by Incident Commander Dave Markin. The complex has a total of 19 fires and is 5274 acres, 14% contained.
The East Zone of the complex includes the Ukonom Fire at 3854 acres (52% contained), the Burney Fire at 1123 acres (0% contained), and the Frank Fire at 13 acres (0% contained), Hooligan at 0.1 acres (0% contained), Haypress at 20 acres (0% contained) and Zulu 1 through 8 that range from 0.1 acres to 24 acres. The Zulu, Hooligan, and Haypress fires were all sparked from lightning this week.
In the West Zone the Forks Fire remains the largest at 244 acres (0% contained). Crews continue to use a confinement strategy focused on existing roads and fire lines to reduce the hazards to firefighters, and keep fires in remote areas of the National Forest to protect heritage, cultural and natural resources.
The Ten Bear Trailhead leading to the Marble Mountain Wilderness is closed. Hikers wanting to access the wilderness should contact the Orleans Ranger District Office at 530-627-3291 or Orleans Complex Fire Information for details on affected trails. A Temporary Flight Restriction Area (TFR) has been set over the fire area to provide a safe environment for firefighting aviation operations.
A portion of the Happy Camp Ranger District, in the vicinity of the Ukonom Fire, is closed to public entry for the duration of the fire due to the risks associated with an active wildfire. The closure stretches from the east bank of the Klamath River east to the Independence Creek Road and includes Ukonom Creek. Please review Klamath National Forest, Emergency Closure order number 17-05-797 for complete details at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5433/37176/.
Motorists traveling on State Highway 96 are reminded that there will be large amounts of fire traffic. Please drive with caution.
On the Lower Trinity Ranger District there are five small fires that the public may see as they travel along Forest Route 1. Those fires are Potatoe, Bennett, Happy, Groves, and Hennesey. There is very little fire activity on any of those fires as of today. Those fires are north and south of Highway 299 along Forest Route 1.
Management of the Ruth Complex on the Mad River Ranger District will transfer this evening from the type 3 Incident Commander Duane Franklin to the type 1 Incident Commander, Mike Minton, with the California Interagency Incident Management Team 5.
There are four fires on the Ruth Complex including the Dutchman Fire (960 ac.), the Willie Fire (840 ac.), the Secret Fire (46 ac.), and the Spout Fire (4 ac.).
The Dutchman Fire will be the priority today since they had movement to the south on that fire yesterday. Contingency lines will be developed to the south. Crews did a little defensive firing operation last night on the Willie Fire for structure protection which went very well. The Secret Fire will continue to be mopped up today. The Spout Fire will have an engine on it today to continue work at that location.
The Young Fire on the Gasquet Ranger District is in the Siskiyou Wilderness. We have limited staffing on this fire due to the steep terrain and the many hazardous trees. Our strategy is to confine the fire within the wilderness. The fire will be monitored to ensure that it remains in the wilderness.
The Six Rivers National Forest remains under fire restrictions to provide for public and resource safety. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, is prohibited except in designated areas, details about these restrictions can be found on the Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/srnf. For more information, smoke forecasts, maps and photographs please visit the Orleans Complex Inciweb site at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5430/.
There is always the risk of starting a wildfire. For more information on how wildfires can be prevented, remember “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire” and visit http://preventwildfireca.org/OneLessSpark/