Orleans fire now at 5,264 acres

Six Rivers National Forest

A continued chance of showers, thunderstorms and lightning remains in the area today. Thunderstorms developed east of the fire area yesterday with little impact to the complex. The Burney Fire has received rain from previous thunderstorms. Crews continued to work to maintain new fires, as well as the 3 new fires added to the complex from Tuesday’s thunderstorms. Smokejumpers and hotshot crews continue to assess and work to confine and suppress the remote fires in steep and rugged terrain. Today crews will continue to contain existing fires and respond to any new fires.

The Orleans Complex is now estimated at 5264 acres with total containment at 14%. The East Zone of the complex includes the Ukonom Fire at 3854 acres (42% contained), the Burney Fire at 1123 acres (0% contained), and the Frank Fire at 13 acres (0% contained), Zulu 1 at 1 acres (100% contained), Zulu 2 at 0.1 acres (100% contained), Zulu 3 at 4 acres (80% contained), Zulu 4 at 4 acres (100% contained), Zulu 5 at 0.5 acres (100% contained), Zulu 6 at 18 acres (0% contained), Zulu 7 at 4 acres (80% contained), Alpha 1 at 2 acres (100% contained), Hooligan at .1 acres (0% contained).

The West Zone remained quiet today with little growth and no new fires. 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.

Cooperators on the incident include representatives from the Karuk, Yurok and Hoopa Tribes, California Conservation Corps, and Cal Trans.

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/.

The Six Rivers National Forest remains under fire restrictions. 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 visit the Orleans Complex Inciweb site at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5430/.

Forest visitors need to be extremely careful when camping, hunting, driving in the backcountry and when cutting fire wood. 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/.


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