Butler Fire Morning Update 8/20/13
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
August 20, 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: 18,361 Committed Resources: 1,005
Containment: 30% Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 0
Estimated Cost to Date: $18,5000,000
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 managers have developed a strategic operations plan that will assist in the short-term and long-term management of the Butler Fire. Fire managers continue to monitor and adjust strategies for the Butler Fire as fire and weather conditions evolve.
Incident Commander Mike Minton stated two of the biggest challenges for Butler Fire firefighters are the steep terrain and weather conditions such as the recent high temperatures and low relative humidities. “This is a tough piece of ground and there has been some incredible work done out there,” Minton said.
Firefighters continue to patrol for spot fires across the Salmon River Road, and mop up hot spots within 50-feet of the fire’s eastern containment line. In the McNeal Creek, Knownothing Ridge and Orleans Mountain areas, firefighters will continue their efforts to keep the fire in check. Above the Butler Creek area, crews will continue indirect line construction as the fire continues to advance towards current control lines near Orleans Lookout.
Firefighters will maintain a presence amid the structures along the Salmon River Road corridor.
Fire Behavior and Environmental Conditions: A Fire Weather Watch for possible thunderstorms is in effect this evening through Wednesday, 11 p.m., due to potential lightning combined with dry fuel conditions. This could result in increased fire activity and spread. Additional local fire weather related information is available from the National Weather Service – Eureka Office at: www.wrh.noaa.gov/eka/.
Bow season for deer hunting opened Aug. 17, 2013. Hunters are reminded a Forest Closure Order is in effect for National Forest system lands 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.
The Salmon River Road is closed between Forks of Salmon and the junction with Highway 96 at Somes Bar.
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.
Remarks: There will be a community meeting for the Butler Fire this evening at 6 p.m. in the town of Orleans, at the DNR Community Hall.