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Thursday, August 1, 2013

CA-SRF-Orleans Complex Six Rivers National Forest 16,776 acres - 25%. Growth Potential Extreme, Terrain Difficulty Extreme #CaFire

 CA-SRF-Orleans Complex The Orleans Complex is comprised of two fires, the Butler Fire (new) and the Dance Fire 100% (detected 7/29).

Update 8-19 0900: 16,776 acres - 25% contained.Orleans Complex, Siskiyou County US Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest 10 miles east of Somes Bar 

Butler Fire update 8/6 0900: 2,800 acres 5% contained.The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District issued a health advisory for the communities of Hoopa, Willow Creek, Orleans, Forks of Salmon, Burnt Ranch, and Karuk Tribe.

The ICP will be moved in stages beginning today with Operations and concluding on Thursday when Plans and Finance will be moved.

California Team 1 (McGowen) is supporting the logistical needs for resources assigned to the Butler Fire at Nordheimer Campground as well as sharing air resources.

Incident Overview

Community Meeting: A community meeting will be held at the Forks Community Hall, in Forks of Salmon at 7:00 p.m. tonight on Tuesday August 6, 2013.

Health Advisory: The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQM) continues to extend their smoke advisory for Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity Counties, noting that there are separate advisories for Forks of Salmon, Klamath Glen, Orleans and Weitchpec. For further information call the 24 hour Air Quality Advisory Information at 1-866-BURN-DAY or check the district’s website at www.ncuaqmd.org.

Butler Fire

 Detected: Wednesday, July 31, 10pmCause: Under Investigation
Fuels: Timber and Brush
Estimated Size: 3,699 acres
Containment: 4%
Committed Resources: Approximately 838
Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 0
Location: Klamath National Forest, approximately 10 miles east of Somes Bar, California.

Closures:
The following closures are in effect,
Going into or being upon National Forest System lands in the area beginning at the intersection of Wooley creek and Highway 93 (county Road 2B01), then continuing northeast along Wooley creek to the intersection with Timothy Gulch, then continuing southeast along Timothy Gulch to the intersection with the Pacific crest Trail, then continuing southeast along but not including the Pacific Crest Trail to the intersection with the Russian Wilderness boundary, then continuing south/southwest along the Russian Wilderness boundary to the intersection with Forest Route 39, then continuing west/northwest along but not including Forest Route 39 to the intersection with Highway 93 (county Road 2B01), then continuing northwest along Highway 93(county Road 2B01) to the starting point, as shown on the attached map.
Oak Bottom Campground
Highway 93 (Forks of Salmon Road) is closed from the east at the Highway 96 intersection and from the west at the Siskiyou County Road yard.
Nordheimer Campground is closed.
The land around the Salmon River is closed 300 feet from the high watermark between the confluence of Wooley Creek and the confluence of Nordheimer Creek.
Summary:
The Butler Fire burned actively until the night time inversion established at approximately 10:00 p.m. Fire continues to back into the community of Butler Flat and around Nordheimer Flat. Protection of residences (and the associated water systems) throughout the river corridor remains a priority.

The fire moved over the proposed southern containment yesterday and is well established in the Hammel Creek drainage and firefighters have begun working on reestablishing fire line from the 1977 Hog Fire and scouting for other contingency lines.

Firefighters continue to work on dozer and handlines on the northern and western fire containment lines. Steep terrain, limited access to the fire, and compromised visibility due to smoke continues to challenge firefighters.

Weather in the fire area today is predicted to be similar to yesterday, with the inversion layer lifting slightly earlier, which could result in increased fire activity.

Please see http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3577/# for updates and a map of the Orleans Complex.

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Monday July 29th, 2013 approx. 05:00 PM
Location Near Orleans, California
Incident Commander Johnson
Current Situation
Total Personnel 838
Size 4,276 acres
Percent Contained 4%
Fuels Involved - Timber & Brush
Fire Behavior -
Butler Fire-- The fire actively backed and flanked until the nighttime inversion set in. Frequent rollout with long fingers extending deep into drainages continued to consume heavy fuels under tree canopy setting stage for intense uphill runs.
Dance Fire-- Contained.
Significant Events
The fire burned ares in key drainages below the containment lines slopping over in 2 places yesterday initiating containment line construction plan that will be re-establishing lines from the 1977 Hog fire. Structure defense continued on residences along the river east to Nordheimer. Dozer line construction has progressed on the northern lines. A handline supported by fire hose was established around the Butler Flat community as the fire continues to back into the area. The fire arrived at the Butler Flat control line at 9:35 p.m.
Outlook/Planned Actions Today's actions include continued evaluation and protection of structures in the Hwy 93 corridor. Firefighters will work to prevent fire spread across the Salmon River. South of Nordheimer Flat and Orleans Mountain firefighters will scout and construct control line. Line construction and improvement will continue on the western and northern lines. Firefighters will continue re-establishing existing control lines to the north.
Growth Potential - Extreme
Terrain Difficulty - Extreme
Remarks - The Orleans Complex is comprised of two fires, Dance Fire and Butler Fire. Norcal Team 2 (Johnson) will manage the Orleans Complex as of 6:00 p.m. on August 1, 2013.
The Butler Fire, which started 7/31, is 3,699 acres with 4% containment.
Rolling rocks and burning debris continue to be a safety concern for firefighters on the Butler Fire due to the risk of injury, and the potential for starting fires below the main fire.
Substantial uphill runs are expected today in areas where the tree canopy was dried by large down logs and branches burning overnight. Fire behavior will increase if the hotter and drier weather forecasted for today occurs.

CLOSURES IN EFFECT:

• Going into or being upon National Forest System lands in the area beginning at the intersection of Wooley creek and Highway 93 (county Road 2B01), then continuing northeast along Wooley creek to the intersection with Timothy Gulch, then continuing southeast along Timothy Gulch to the intersection with the Pacific crest Trail, then continuing southeast along but not including the Pacific Crest Trail to the intersection with the Russian Wilderness boundary, then continuing south/southwest along the Russian Wilderness boundary to the intersection with Forest Route 39, then continuing west/northwest along but not including Forest Route 39 to the intersection with Highway 93 (county Road 2B01), then continuing northwest along Highway 93(county Road 2B01) to the starting point, as shown on the attached map.

• Oak Bottom Campground

• Highway 93 (Forks of Salmon Road) is closed from the east at the Highway 96 intersection and from the west at the Siskiyou County Road yard.

• Nordheimer Campground is closed.

• The land around the Salmon River is closed 300 feet from the high watermark between the confluence of Wooley Creek and the confluence of Nordheimer Creek.
Dance Fire (started 7/29) has 100% containment at 577 acres. This fire is now being managed by the Six Rivers National Forest. *Number of Personnel reported on Inciweb for the Orleans Complex will no longer include those assigned to the Dance Fire.

Current Weather
Wind Conditions 13 mph SE
Temperature 96 degrees
Humidity 18%

Fire Information 530/618-2101 (phone line staffed from 8am to 8pm)
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