Orleans Complex - News Release
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
August 14, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
For Immediate Release
Butler Fire Information (530) 618-2101 Salmon River Complex Fire (530) 841-4451
Detected: Wednesday, July 31, 10:00 p.m.
Cause: Under Investigation
Fuels: Timber and Brush
Estimated Size: 12,100
Committed Resources: Approximately 956
Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 0
The following closures are in effect for the public, excluding residents within the closure area:
A Forest Closure is in effect for the areas of the Klamath National Forest around the Butler Fire and Salmon River Complex. To see the full Forest Closure, please visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5430601.pdf
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.
The Butler Fire was active today on all fronts. Crews continued to ignite backing fire above Butler Flat ahead of the main fire. A two-acre spot fire (not associated with ignitions) was detected on the eastern edge of the fire near Knudsen Bar, but helicopters were able to quickly control the spread until crews arrived. Dozers and hand crews made good progress on line construction along Hotelling Ridge.
Structure protection will continue tomorrow in Forks of Salmon as fire advances down into McNeal Drainage. Crews will continue to build and improve containment lines along the southern and western edges of the fire.
At this time, an Evacuation Advisory has been issued for residents in Forks of Salmon. During an evacuation advisory residents should begin preparing for a potential evacuation order. Individuals requiring more time to evacuate should consider leaving now. Residents should also consider removing large animals and large personal items such as motor homes, boats, and heavy equipment.
A National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team has been assigned to coordinate management of the Orleans and Salmon River Complexes. The transition from NorCal Team 2 to the NIMO team will take place Friday, August 16, 2013. For more information on the Incident Command System and NIMO teams specifically, please see http://www.fs.usda.gov/nimo