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Friday, July 31, 2015

CA-SHF Fork Complex: Numerous Lightning Fires with Evacuations

Fork Complex Fires CA-SHF Fork Complex Trinity County

Complex consists of numerous fires near Hayfork, Hyampom and Harrison Gulch areas.

The Fork Complex consists of over 40 fires, all of which were ignited by lightning between July 29 and 31, 2015. All fires being managed by California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (CIIMT 4) are still being identified, assessed, and prioritized. Updated acreage and information about specific fires will be published as it is known.

These updates is for fires burning on the Hayfork Ranger District, and includes the communities of Hayfork, Harrison Gulch and Trinity Pines along with the surrounding areas.

EVACUATIONS AND CLOSURES: Mandatory Evacuations: - Shiell Ranch *NEW* -13 Dips Road Area *NEW* - Barker Creek Road - Mill Gulch Mandatory ( Highway 3 to Hayfork) - Kingsbury Gulch Road (Hayfork Area) Residences in the area of Morgan Hill Road from Pine Street to Kingsbury Gulch Road Advisory Evacuations: -Wildwood *NEW* Voluntary Evacuations - Farmer Ranch Road - Trinity Pine (moved from Mandatory)
 -Forest Closure(s)- The Shasta Trinity National Forest is initiating a forest closure pending approval. EVACUATION CENTER: Red Cross has established an evacuation center at the Solid Rock Christian Church at the intersection of State Route 3 and Tule Creek Road in Hayfork. The Salvation Army is also offering water and meals at the evacuation center. ROAD CLOSURES: -13 Dips Rd -State Route 36 from Forest Glen to Mad River -Wildwood Rd; Gemmill Gulch picnic to E Fork Rd -Rattlesnake Rd from Post Mountain Road to HWY 3 - State Route 3 south of the Hayfork Fairgrounds to HWY 36 - All roads associated with the residences listed above INFRASTRUCTURE THREATENED: Public Safety Communication/Repeater Infrastructure, Verizon Communication Infrastructure, PG&E/Trinity Co. PUD Power transmission lines (115v & 60 kv), PG&E major gas line servicing Northern California Coastal Communities, and several sole logistical transportation routes servicing the fire area and communities within.
RESOURCES AT RISK: Multiple Watersheds & Commercial Timber/Livestock; Recreational values; Cultural/Heritage, Wildlife, and Environmentally Sensitive Areas. Areas of considerable concern: Chanchelulla Wilderness; Coho Salmon Habitat; Natural Bridge Special Interest Area (Prehistoric Cultural Site) HEALTH THREATS: A dense smoke inversion poses a significant impact to responders and the public. This will continue to impact the fire area and surrounding communities. 
NOTEWORTHY HAZARDS TO FIREFIGHTERS Major Gas lines, Marijuana cultivation, High Power Transmission Lines

Fork Complex Fire Information phone number has been established for further information about the fires. That number is (530) 324-5145.

South Complex Fire Information phone number is (530) 628-0093.

Updates as available: 

08/08/2015 0800: 17,622 Acres 12%,  The DINS team is in place and damage assessments are being conducted to evaluate and record further destroyed structures. Damage assessment is being closely coordinated with Trinity County Sheriff and cooperating agencies. Multiple structures are immediately threatened in the Shiell Ranch, Wildwood, Trinity Pines, Hayfork and surrounding area communities. Evacuations continue and other areas are being evaluated based on the changing conditions.


08/05/2015 0800: 11,862 Acres 7 %, An initial assessment has revealed 8 single residences and 4 minor structures were destroyed in the Trinity Pines area *** Initial damage assessments are still being conducted to determine further destroyed structures. Damage assessment is being closely coordinated with Trinity County Sheriff and cooperating agencies. **A DINS is being requested as a 12 hour critical resource need. Multiple structures are immediately threatened in the Shiell Ranch, Wildwood, Hayfork, Trinity Pines, and surrounding area communities. Evacuations continue and other areas are being evaluated based on the changing conditions.

08/05/2015 0800: 11,461 Acres 7% cont. 8 single residences and 4 structures destroyed in the Trinity Pines area. evacuations continue. Multiple structures are immediately threatened in the Hayfork, Trinity Pines, and surrounding area communities. Evacuations continue and other areas are being evaluated based on the changing conditions.

08/03/2015 2000: 8,083 acres, 5% contained. Reduction of 17,230 acres due to splitting complex into two complexes (Fork Complex and South Complex).

08/03/2015 1900: 8,083 Acres, 5% contained. Operational priorities are to provide for firefighter and public safety, provide community and infrastructure defense, defend area resources.
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 Fire activity moderated throughout last night with the smoke inversion layer remaining in place today. It is hoped this will create favorable conditions for fire crews to take direct fire attack on the fires edge, construct dozer line and scout for possible future handline locations on all fires in the complex.
 Additional overhead has been ordered to more effectively manage the large number of fires in the area. The Type I Incident Management Team (Opliger) in Unified Command with CALFIRE has assumed command of the Fork Complex this morning. The Fork Complex now includes the fires around Hayfork, including the Blue, Deer, Farmer, Shiell, Cold, Rail, and Barker Fires.


08/03/2015 0815: 25,313 acres, 5% contained. CA IMT1 Team 4 (Opliger) assumed command at 0600 today. Fire is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE (McCain). Fires remained active well into last night's operational shift. Mandatory evacuations remain in place. NorCal IMT2 (Young) assumed command of the South Complex at 0600 today. The South Complex will include fires previously in the Fork Complex along with other fires previously in command by a Type 3 IC organization.

08/02/2015 0815: 23,400 acres, 0% contained. Fire is in Unified Command with CALFIRE. Multiple structures threatened. Complex consists of the large fires Deer, Barker, Rail and Castle 1 and numerous other smaller fires. Multiple structures continue to be threatened in the communities of Hayfork, Hyampom and Post Mountain area.

08/01/2015 0815: 4,000 acres, 0% contained. Multiple structures threatened in the Hyampom, Hayfork and Post Mountain communities. All fires remained active throughout the night. NorCal IMT2 (Young) assumed command at 0600 hours today. CA IMT1 Team 4 (Opliger) has been ordered.

07/31/2015 1930: 2,000 acres, 0% contained. Extreme fire behavior, with crown runs. .


Location: near Hayfork, Hyampom and Harrison Gulch in Trinity County.

Structure Threats: Yes
Weather 1930: 89°F (32°C), Wind SE at 2 mph (3 km/h), 25% Humidity

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