Orleans Complex News Release - August 8, 2013, 8:00 AM
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
August 8, 2013, 8:00 a.m.
For Immediate Release
Butler Fire Information (530) 618-2101 Salmon River Complex Fire call (530) 841-4451
A public meeting is planned for today, August 8, 2013 at the
Karuk DNR in Orleans California from 6-7pm.·
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.
Detected: Wednesday, July 31, 10:00 p.m.
Cause: Under Investigation
Fuels: Timber and Brush
Estimated Size: 6, 248
Committed Resources: Approximately 952
Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 0
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, Nordheimer Campground is closed.
Highway 93 (Forks of Salmon Road) is closed at the Highway 96 intersection and above the Forks of Salmon store. No access to North Fork/Sawyers Bar Road is available at this time.
Forest roads 10N04 and 10N17 and roads in the fire area south of the Salmon River.
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.
The Butler Fire is located on the Klamath National Forest approximately 10 miles east of Somes Bar, California. The fire grew significantly yesterday, and is now established across Hammel Creek and into the Nordheimer Creek drainage. Activity around the community of Butler Creek continues to be favorable, with the fire backing slowly into the Butler Creek drainage. The incoming weather front is preceded by strong, unpredictable winds and atmospheric instability which is resulting in increased fire activity. Fire fighters continue to be challenged by steep terrain and low visibility (due to smoke and fog). Additionally, a Red Flag warning for lightning has been posted for the area around the Butler Fire. Residents of Orleans may notice increased traffic in the Pearch Creek Road area as fire vehicles are using the road to access the western flank of the fire. Fire managers are also beginning a preliminary assessment of structures in that area.
Please see http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3577/# for updates and a map of the Orleans Complex.
·Date posted in last night’s update was incorrect. The correct date for the public meeting at the Karuk DNR is tonight, August 8, 2013.