Update: Sunday, 8 September, 2013
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
Klamath National ForestSunday September 8 2013Start Date: 8/31/2013 Cause: Under Investigation Acres: 36 078Percent Containment: 66% Fuels: Timber Brush Total Personnel: 212Location: Within 1 mile East and West of Forks of Salmon CAFire Weather and Fire Behavior Saturday’s temperatures in the low-mid 90‘s with winds from the NE gusting to 14 mph. Relative humidity was in the low 20’s. Sunday though early next week warmer temperatures low humidity and north/northeast winds are predicted. Fire activity in unburned interior islands is likely. The fire continues to be fuel and slope driven with high winds aloft having low impact on fire activity in the canyons. Traffic Control Lifted Traffic control on the Salmon River Road (Hwy 93) between Nordheimer Campground and Butler Flat will be lifted effective Monday September 9th. Motorists and residents are strongly advised to be cautious of fire traffic along the narrow road.
Butler Fire Saturday’s fire activity was predominately in the west and southwest areas. In China and Granite Creek drainages an uphill run reaching the North side of the ridgeline. Active fire is expected to continue in this area of the fire. Ops Chief Ron McEwen advised that “ if the fire gets into the Nordheimer Creek drainage it will worsen the chances of maintaining control.” In the southeast patrol and mop up to 300 feet into the interior of the fire continues as prescribed in the rehabilitation plan.
The northeast north and northwest are in patrol status. Salmon Fire Rehabilitation work at the Salmon Fire continues with significant progress in restoring dozer and hand lines. A Klamath National Forest Type 3 Team ( Incident Commander Toby Herold) assumed command of the fire Saturday September 7 at 7am.