Six Rivers National Forest
EUREKA, California, August 19, 2017 – The Six Rivers National Forest currently has the Orleans Complex consisting of 19 fires; the Ruth Complex consists of three (3) fires; and the Young Fire on the Gasquet Ranger District in the Siskiyou Wilderness. Firefighter and public safety is our number one priority.
Orleans Complex: The Orleans Complex has 19 fires for a total of 7,023 acres, 48% contained. Thirteen fires have been 100% contained. Seven fires remain active: the Ukonom at 3,854 acres (0% contained); the Haypress at 1,560 acres (0% contained); the Burney at 1,273 acres (0% contained); the Forks at 243 acres (0% contained); the Frank at 27 acres (0% contained) and the Hooligan at 0.1 acres (0% contained. Active fires are being fought using a combination of containment and confinement strategies.
The most active fire is the Haypress, which has crossed a segment of Forest Road 13N42. Crews are working to keep it close to the road. The fire is holding at Haypress Creek, to the west, and at Wooley Creek, to the south; both are providing natural barriers. Significant smoke in the area is limiting visibility and poses additional challenges when inserting firefighters and assessing tactical options. Helicopter operations were hampered by smoke over the complex. A specialized Wildland Fire Module (WFM) comprised of 14 firefighters will be inserted into the area when visibility and conditions allow.
Ruth Complex: The complex consists of three fires for a total of 4,666 acres, 75% contained: Willie (3,071 acres, 65% contained), Dutchman (1,545 acres, 100% contained), and Secret (50 acres, 100%).
The 3,071-acre Willie Fire is now 65 percent contained. A combination of handcrews, dozers, and helicopters coordinating their suppression efforts resulted in significant progress being made Friday, particularly on the western side of the Willie Fire. They contained two spot fires west of Rock Creek and continued building containment lines, tying in with natural features, including creek beds and scree slopes, that can help keep the fire in check. Despite continued hot, dry weather, fire behavior moderated somewhat yesterday as smoke from fires north of the Ruth Complex provided some shading.
On the 1,545-acre Dutchman Fire, which is fully contained, crews expect to wrap up repair work tomorrow. As operational needs decrease, crews and other resources are being released and reassigned to more-active fires in the region.
Young Fire: The Young Fire (750 acres) is being managed under a confinement strategy for firefighter safety due to remote location and difficult terrain. The fire is on the Gasquet Ranger District is in the Siskiyou Wilderness. Trailhead and trails have been closed due to fire activity; see Closures.
Hunting Season: Bow hunting season opens Saturday, August 19th. Be aware that firefighting personnel may be conducting suppression activities in hunting areas. Know your target and what lies beyond. Parts of the Forest are closed to public access for safety of our firefighters and the public.
Closures: 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 at 619-359-3415 for details on affected trails in that area.
A portion of the Happy Camp Ranger District, in the vicinity of the Ukonom Fire, is closed to public entry due to the active wildfire. The Klamath National Forest, Emergency Closure order number 17-05-797 is at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5433/37176/.
The Doe Flat and Young’s Valley Trailheads are closed along with Doe Flat Trail 4E04 and Young’s Valley trail 5E02 to the Six River Forest boundary are closed due to the Young Fire. The Six River National Forest Emergency Closure Order No. 10-17-07 is at www.fs.usda.gov/srnf.
Driving Safety: Motorists traveling on State Highway 96 near Orleans are reminded that there will be large amounts of fire traffic. Please drive with caution as rocks are continuing to fall on the roadway along fire areas. Vehicular traffic along Mad River Road (County 501) and State Route Highway 36 in Mad River and Ruth has increased significantly due to the fire traffic. Please drive with extreme caution.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): There are Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) that have been imposed over both the Orleans Complex and the Ruth Complex. This means all non-operations related planes and drones are not allowed within the TFR. Remember “If you fly, we can’t.”
Fire Restrictions: 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: For more information, smoke forecasts, maps and photographs please visit the Orleans Complex Inciweb site at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5430/. For more information about the Ruth Complex Inciweb site at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5492/.
Smoke: Heavy smoke impacts will continue due to several active fires on the Klamath, Rogue-Siskiyou, and the Six Rivers National Forests. For up-to-date Air Quality Advisory Information, the public can call toll-free 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329), or visit the NCUAQMD website www.ncuaqmd.org .
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/