Corral Complex Fire Update August 23, 2013
Incident: Corral Complex Wildfire
Six Rivers National Forest
August 23, 2013
Incident: The Corral Complex was started by lightning on August 10, 2013 and is burning within the 1999 Megram Fire and the 2009 Backbone Fire areas.
Location: Trinity Alps Wilderness
Agency Jurisdiction: Unified Command-USDA Forest Service and Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation.
Cooperating Agencies: VFD’s, Humboldt Co. Sheriff’s Office
Current Size: Complex is 10,239 Acres Cause: Lightning
Containment: 0% Structures Threatened: 125
Current Resources: Crews: 19 Engines: 14 Helicopters: 5 Dozers: 11
Total Personnel: 935
Current Situation: Over next several days the weather forecast calls for higher humidity’s from a southwesterly flow that will push cool, moist coastal air up the Trinity River valley. With this change the fire’s spread is likely to slow down. Crews have been working hard for the last two weeks in terrain that is extremely steep, with heavy fuels, falling snags and rolling material. They have made great progress on constructing indirect and contingency lines.
Execution of the planned firing operation on the northern flanks of the fire is currently on hold. The plan will only be considered during favorable weather to minimize fire spread and provide for firefighter and public safety. As such, crews will wait until there are optimal conditions for success and will continually assess the weather and fire activity to determine when a successful burnout can be done.
Efforts are directed at building indirect line as the fire approaches established lines. The direct line construction is stalled due to steep terrain, hazardous fuels, falling snags and rolling material. Crews will continue to construct and improve lines and do pre-planning for structure protection in the surrounding communities out ahead of the fire.
Evacuations: None currently in place. The structures at risk are outside the fire perimeter.
Road Closures: As of Thursday morning, no road closures are in effect on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation, however, due to increased fire personnel traffic, the public is encouraged to limit their use of reservation mountain roads; Big Hill Road, Mill Creek Road and Tish Tang Road. Forest Service roads 7N26, 7N53, and 7N04 surrounding the Groves Prairie Spike Camp has restricted public access due to fire crew activity. BE SAFE!
A Temporary Forest Closure Order for the Horse Ridge Closure area is in place. This order prohibits going or being upon National Forest System lands and trails within the Red Cap, Bear Hole, Horse Ridge Trail Closure Area. It is effective from August 22, 2013 through August 26, 2013. To view the entire Forest Order and Map visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5433210.pdf
Area & Trail Closures: For public safety and to ensure unimpeded access for firefighters and equipment, public access is restricted in the fire area.
Friday, August 23, 2013, 6:00 PM at Veterans Hall, 20 Kimtu Road, Willow Creek, CA.
Saturday, August 24, 2013, 3:00 PM at the Denny Campground, Denny, Ca.
For further information, including, maps, photos, links and closures, visit: www.inciweb.org, select “Corral Complex