Forks Complex Update Sunday, September 15, 2013
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
Forks Complex Update Sunday September 15 2013
Traffic Control on Salmon River Road
Traffic control measures remain in place from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. between Butler Flat and Nordheimer Campground. Down river traffic going towards Somes Bar will be open on the half hour and upriver traffic towards Forks of Salmon at the top of the hour.
Fire Weather and Fire Behavior – The start of a low pressure system is expected to moderate fire behavior today with more active burning and smoke visible in the afternoon as the inversion lifts. Temperatures are expected to drop 15-20 degrees and humidity will increase under a marine influence. Winds will be S/SW initially shifting to W/NW with gusts to 30-35 mph on ridge tops. This trend is expected to continue for the next few days with little or no rain anticipated.
Butler Fire – On Somes Mountain crews continue to monitor backing fire from firing operations creating a deeper fire line. There was minimal activity in China Creek during Saturday’s shift. The eastern area of the fire is being rehabilitated. Crews at the spike camp at DP44 are being returned to ICP due to the potential hazardous road conditions worsening from the marine layer effects. A minimum staff will remain at the spike camp. The DP 5 Spike Camp is being dismantled. As firing and rehabilitation operations are completed excess personnel are being released daily.
Salmon River Complex – This fire remains in patrol status.
Forks Complex Alerts
Salmon River Road will be open for down river traffic at the half hour and open for upriver travel at the top of the hour.
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
The 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
Butler Fire Summary
7/31/13 at 9 p.m.
Butler Fire Approximate Size:
22 379 acres
Estimated Containment Date:
Timber & Brush