Update September 10, 2013
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
Fire Weather and Fire BehaviorModerate fire activity increased along the western fire lines as east/northeast winds push the fire westward. The fire activity is occurring in unburned islands of brush with isolated torching of the timber due to low humidity low fuel moisture content hot drying temperatures and upslope winds.
Butler FireDriven by east/northeast winds of up to 15mph fire burned actively on the ridge west of Butler Creek and southeast of China Creek. Containment lines continue to hold and with the warming and drying trend it is expected that the fire will make periodic runs to challenge containment lines. Crews continue to monitor critical areas along the perimeter. Fire managers have ordered additional crews to provide staffing for future defensive burning when conditions allow along active areas of the western perimeter. Two divisions in the northwest of the fire are being re-staffed for future defensive firing operations.
Defensive firing involves burning smaller selected areas of fuels in front of advancing fire as needed to maintain containment lines and firefighter safety. As the warming trend and suppression efforts continue residents near the Butler Fire may observe additional helicopter operations in of support ground crews in in the afternoons.Salmon River ComplexSuppression repair and rehabilitation work is nearing completion on the Salmon River Complex. A reduction in size of the emergency area closure around the Salmon River Complex Fire and southern portion of the Butler Fire was approved September 10 2013. Approximately 75% less land is affected by the new closure order compared to the size when wildfires were most active.
Forks Complex Alerts>Salmon River and Sawyers bar roads are open to the public but motorists should expect possible delays and temporary closures due to the continued potential for rollout along the road.>A Forest Closure is in effect around the Butler Fire and Salmon River Complex on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests. The purpose of this order is public safety due to active pockets of fire within containment lines. To see the full Forest Closure Order visit: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5430601.pdf>Remember that campfire restriction is still in place on the Klamath National Forest. Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds with Forest Service fire rings. See http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices/ aid=18398
FIRE FACTS:Butler Fire Summary Detected: 7/31/13 at 9 p.m. Cause: Under Investigation Approximate Size: 27 416 acres Containment: 66% Estimated Containment Date: 9/15/2013 Fuels: Timber & Brush Total Personnel: 259