Six Rivers National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
118 Fortuna Blvd. Fortuna California 95540
Eureka, CA 95501
EUREKA, California, August 25, 2017 – Current fires and fire complexes on the Six Rivers National Forest include the Orleans Complex, consisting of 19 fires; the Ruth Complex, consisting of 3 fires; and the Young Fire. Firefighter and public safety is the priority.
Orleans Complex (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5430/): Nineteen fires comprise the Orleans Complex, thirteen of which have been contained. Six remain active: Ukonom (4,111 acres, 52 percent contained); Haypress (4,013 acres, 0 percent contained); Burney (1,334 acres, 0 percent contained); Forks (243 acres, 0 percent contained); Frank (27 acres, 0 percent contained); and Hooligan (0.1 acres, 0 percent contained). They are being managed using a combination of containment and confinement strategies
The Haypress Fire gained acreage due to yesterday’s successful tactical firing operations along Forest Road 15N17. Firing operations reduce unburned vegetation near the fire to protect private property and natural and cultural resources. Today, firefighters will continue to look for opportunities to conduct defensive firing operations as weather conditions permit. Firefighters in the Wooley Creek area of the Marble Mountain Wilderness have held the fire north of the creek.
The Ukonom Fire is moving slowly toward the Ukonom Creek and Lick Creek drainages. Lower temperatures and smoke kept the fire in check yesterday. Today, firefighters will patrol the fire’s edge to ensure containment lines remain effective.
Ruth Complex (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5492/): Three fires on the Mad River Ranger District comprise the complex: Willie (3,141 acres, 95 percent contained), Dutchman (1,545 acres, 100 percent contained), and Secret (50 acres, 100 percent).
The Willie Fire is not growing and containment lines remain secure. Yesterday’s infrared flight detected no significant sources of heat remaining within the perimeter. However, hot, dry weather conditions expected in the coming days could cause unburned interior pockets of vegetation to smolder and burn, producing smoke that might be visible to nearby communities. Because most of the fire-suppression repair work has been completed, nearly all firefighters and equipment have been demobilized and reassigned to other fires in the region. The small camp at the Forest Service guard station in Ruth that had been supporting firefighters with meals and showers has been largely dismantled. The Ruth Complex will no longer be included in this fire update. Any questions about the fires in that complex should be directed to the Mad River Ranger District (707) 442-1721.
Young Fire (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5521/): The Young Fire is in the Siskiyou Wilderness on the Gasquet Ranger District. A local Type 3 organization—consisting of approximately 40 people—from the Gasquet Ranger District is managing the fire. Because the remote steep, rugged terrain poses a threat to firefighter safety, the team is using a confinement strategy to manage the fire. Yesterday, the fire was minimally active. Six Rivers National Forest fire managers expect it to hold on the west side due to its proximity to a 2015 fire scar and on the north side due to sparsely vegetated, rocky terrain. The Smith River Trailheads and trails in the area are closed due to fire activity; see Closures.
Oak Fire (formerly Prescott Fire—Eclipse Complex) (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/): Yesterday, the Prescott Fire, which is west of Happy Camp and part of the Eclipse Complex on the Klamath National Forest, merged with the Oak and Clear Fires. The single fire is now referred to as the Oak Fire. On the west side of the fire, a 1,641-acre portion south of Jedediah Mountain is in the Smith River National Recreation Area (NRA) on the Six Rivers National Forest. Residents of Big Flat and visitors to the Smith River NRA might observe firefighters and equipment working near Blue Ridge. They are maintaining a presence and preparing for the possibility that the fire could spread westward out of the Siskiyou Wilderness. Questions can be directed to the Eclipse Complex 530-493-1520.
Closures—Orleans Complex: Two closure orders are in effect for national forest roads, trails, and lands in the vicinity of Orleans Complex fires (https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices). For the Haypress Fire, Closure Order No. 17-05-801 is in effect on the Ukonom Ranger Dstrict. For the Ukonom Fire, Closure Order No. 17-05-797 is in effect on the Ukonom and Happy Camp Ranger Districts.
Closures—Young Fire: One closure order is in effect for trails and trailheads in the vicinity of the Young Fire (https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/srnf/alerts-notices). Closure Order 10-17-07, in effect on the Gasquet Ranger District, closes the Doe Flat Trailhead and Trail (Trail No. 4E04) and the Young’s Valley Trailhead and Trail (Trail. No. 5E02).
Driving Safety: Motorists should use caution when driving in areas with increased traffic due to fire-suppression activities.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): TFRs are in effect over the Orleans Complex, Ruth Complex, and the Young Fire. Planes and drones not associated with fire operations are not allowed within the TFR. For a complete list of TFRs, go do http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html.
Fire Restrictions: The Six Rivers National Forest remains under fire restrictions to provide for public and resource safety. Go to www.fs.usda.gov/srnf for more details.
Smoke: Smoke from several active fires on the Klamath, Rogue River-Siskiyou, and the Six Rivers National Forests will continue to affect the region. For up-to-date air quality advisories, call 866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329) or go to www.ncuaqmd.org.
Prevention: The risk of starting a wildfire always exists. For more information on how wildfires can be prevented, remember “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.” http://preventwildfireca.org/OneLessSpark/
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