Orleans Complex, Butler Fire Update, 08/18/2013
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
August 18, 2013, 8:00 a.m.
For Immediate Release
Butler Fire Information (530) 618-2101 Salmon River Complex Fire (530) 841-4451
Detected: Wednesday, July 31, 10:00pm Cause: Under Investigation
Location: 10 miles east of Somes Bar, CA Fuels: Timber and Brush
Estimated Size: 15,878 Committed Resources: 1,000
Containment: 25% Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 0
Community Meeting: There is a community meeting planned for Sunday afternoon, August 18, 2013 at 3:00pm, in Forks of Salmon, CA at the Forks Community Center.
Operational Objectives Keep the Butler Fire:
South and west of the Salmon River to Hotelling Ridge.
East of Somes Mountain down to Orleans Mountain continuing to Salmon Summit.
South of line from Somes Mountain to Butler Flat.
North of the Siskiyou/Trinity County line from Salmon Summit to Hotelling Ridge.
Incident Summary: Fire continued backing in McNeal Creek drainage overnight with no significant increase in size.
Fire line construction will continue to be strengthened on the North, West and South fronts of the fire. Firefighters continue structure assessment and protection along the eastern side of the fire area, defensive firing operations will be implemented if needed to keep the fire from crossing the Salmon River. Fire crews continued regular patrols along the Salmon River Road to prevent fire spread across the Salmon River.
Fire Behavior and Environmental Conditions: Hot and dry conditions may significantly increase the fire activity compared with recent days. The fire continues to slowly spread towards western and northwestern constructed fire lines. Air operations are limited until the smoke inversion lifts late in the morning or early afternoon. Smoke from the Butler Fire and neighboring fires continue to impact air quality and visibility.
Bow season for deer hunting opened August 17, 2013. Hunters are reminded that a Forest Closure Order is in effect around the Butler Fire and Salmon River Complex on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests. To see the full Forest Closure Order, visit: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5430601.pdf.
Highway 93 (Salmon River Road) is closed at the Highway 96 intersection. It is also closed south of Forks of Salmon at the intersection of Highway 93 (Salmon River Road) and Sawyer Bar Road.
North Fork/Sawyers Bar Road is closed to the public at this time.
Health Advisory: The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District is providing daily notifications of any Air Quality health advisories or alerts. For additional information, call the NCUAQMD 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information line at 1-866-BURN DAY (1-866-287-6329), visit the District’s website at www.ncuaqmd.org, or the Siskiyou County Pollution Control District at www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/AG/apc.aspx.
Evacuation Advisory: At this time, an Evacuation Advisory remains in effect in and around Forks of Salmon. Please see www.inciweb.org/incident/3577/ for updates and a map. For information on how to prepare for an evacuation, visit the Ready Set Go website at www.ReadyforWildfire.org.
Please be careful with anything that can cause a spark. Motorists can inadvertently create a trail of sparks along the highway, igniting wildfires. Simple actions may prevent costly fires: shorten towing safety chains to be sure they do not drag on the roadway; check tire pressure, wheel bearings, breaks, and make sure no metal parts are dragging underneath the vehicle; and carry a small fire extinguisher in case an accident creates a fire start. More fire safety information is available at http://www.preventwildfireca.org. Please report all fires or any suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1.