Butler Fire Evening Update for 8/20/13
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
August 20, 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 p.m. Cause: Under Investigation
Location: 10 miles east of Somes Bar, CA Fuels: Timber and Brush
Estimated Size: 18,361 Committed Resources: 1,006
Containment: 30% Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 0
Estimated Cost to Date: $19,600,000
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: This afternoon, the Ukonom, Elk Mountain and Redding hotshot crews worked the area around Cold Spring to keep the fire out of Knownothing Creek. Firefighters constructed direct handline in an effort to cordon off the active front at the ridge. If successful, the fire will once again be back within the original containment area following the ridge south to Salmon Summit. Containment line along the lower two-miles of McNeal Creek has been mopped up and is relatively cold. Planning Operations Section Chief, Robin Wills stated, “Everything’s going good.”
There was active fire today in the China Creek drainage, but it is not yet approaching the constructed dozer line near Whitey’s Peak. Isolated torching has been observed on the west side of Butler Creek. While fixed-wing aircraft were able to fly this afternoon to observe fire activity, helicopters were grounded by low visibility above the helibase in Hoopa. Helicopters will relocate to Scott Valley tomorrow where better flying conditions are expected.
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 through 11 p.m. Wednesday 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.
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 their 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.