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Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire Update September 13, 2017

Incident: Eclipse Complex Wildfire
Released: 9/13/2017

Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire Update September 13, 2017

Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests

Yesterday’s Cloud Cover Provided Calm Conditions in the Eclipse Complex Area

Eclipse Complex Acres: 96,529 acres Containment: 25% Cedar Fire: 9,050 Acres Oak Fire: 87,479 acres Abney Fire Acres on Klamath NF: 9,500 acres Cause: Lightning Total personnel: 378 Yesterday’s challenging weather did not materialize. There were no lightning strikes, high winds or precipitation over the fire area. Cloud cover helped moderate fire behavior with increased humidity and lower temperatures. Firefighters made good progress on several containment lines over the fire area. Miller Complex Abney Fire (section located on the Klamath National Forest) Firefighters will be working in the southwest corner of the fire to strengthen and secure the fire lines. The focus will also be on the east side along the east fork of Horse Creek, to prevent any fire from crossing the creek and burning the private timber lands to the east. Other containment lines on the north and northeast side of the fire perimeter are holding and have no detectable heat. Oak Fire: On the west/Gasquet side, the contingency lines along the GO Road to the south and Forest Service Road 16N02 have been completed and strengthened. Fire in the Smith River drainage stayed in place yesterday with minimal creeping uphill. There was some smoldering observed to the north in the Siskiyou Wilderness but no active torching. The fire is out near the containment lines on the eastern perimeter. Suppression repair work began on the southeastern containment lines on Monday. Cedar Fire: Containment lines along the southern edge of this fire are holding. There was smoke on the northern edge near Thompson Creek and Pyramid Peak in the Red Butte Wilderness but fuels become very sparse in this area. The Knox fire to the northeast within the Miller fire was active. New Lightning Fires: Several small lightning fires were found on Monday. Helicopters have been dropping water on them when available and monitoring their progress. A crew is going in to work on the Buck Fire located 2 miles north of Boulder Peak. Relative humidity in the Eclipse Complex will be lower today, down to 20-26%. Light winds from the north to northwest are also expected. There are currently no changes in evacuation warnings or fire area closures: The Evacuation Warning for Seiad Valley and Horse Creek area remains in place. Local officials are continuously evaluating as to when the Warning level may be lifted. The Evacuation Warning for Happy Camp has been lifted. To register for CodeRed, go to: www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system. While there are no current evacuations in Del Norte County, residents are encouraged to utilize the Del Norte Community Alert System to remain informed about issues that may affect local safety. Go to preparedelnorte.com to sign up. Fire Area Closure Orders: Closures have been executed for roads and trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail, near many of the wildfires, closing them to public entry to provide for safety. Additional information about the closures and fires is available on Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5511 and at key locations in Happy Camp, Seiad Valley and Gasquet. One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire: Firefighters ask that you be extremely careful and prevent new fire starts. Please review fire restrictions on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forest websites and help firefighters.

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