Forks Complex Fire Update September 19
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
Forks Complex Fire Update September 19 2013
Fire Weather and Fire Behavior – Today’s weather will be warm and dry with temperatures in the 70’s on ridge tops and the 80’s at lower elevations. The drying of lighter vegetation could cause some fire spread where heat is still present. No fire growth outside of fire lines is expected. Southeast winds will increase late tonight and Friday morning as a storm system approaches. Rain and gusty winds are expected by Friday evening followed by very cool temperatures and intermittent showers most of the weekend.
Butler Fire – Rehabilitation of roads and dozer lines to prevent erosion remains a top priority today. With the potential for some fire activity due to today’s warmer and drier conditions firefighters will continue to monitor areas with potential for fire spread holding and securing containment lines as necessary. Removal of equipment from the fire area continues.
Salmon River Complex – This fire remains in patrol status.
Incident Command Team Changes - At 6 p.m. today a new Klamath National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team (Jim Allen Incident Commander) assumes command of the Forks Complex. Current Incident Commander Toby Herold’s team will work today with the new team to transition responsibilities.
Area Emergency Closure - The public is encouraged to comply with the emergency closure order in the areas of the Butler Fire and Salmon River Complex. Public safety is a prime objective. Wildfires create weakened trees that may fall as well as erosion and slide potential which is aggravated by rain on soils devoid of vegetation. Conditions for vehicle and foot travel are perilous. The Klamath National Forest Emergency Closure Order No. 13-05-731 describing the closure area can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/lsbx7ne.
Forks Complex Alerts
For public and firefighter safety on the 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 will be open at the top of the hour.
A Forest Closure is still 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
Campfire restriction are 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:
22 457 acres
Forks Complex 70%
Butler Fire 70%
Estimated Containment Date:
Timber & Brush