Corral Complex Final Update
Incident: Corral Complex Wildfire
Today the complex remains at 79% containment and 12 295 acres. Remaining fireline located in inaccessible areas is not expected to spread. Crews and aircraft will continue to monitor the fire. Local fire assets remain fully staffed should they be required for initial attack on a new start or for further use on the Corral Complex.
Tomorrow the Corral Complex will transfer command to a local Type 4 organization.
The Corral Complex was started by lightening on August 10 2013 and burned within the 1999 Megram Fire and the 2009 Backbone Fire Areas. The complex was managed by three incident management teams (IMT) over the last month; Don Garwood’s Type 2 IMT Carlton Joseph’s Type 1 IMT and then by Jeanne Pincha-Tulley’s Type 1 IMT on September 2. Each team was able to build on the accomplishments and successes of previous teams.
Community tribal cultural and natural resources were at risk and these helped dictate the strategies employed by fire teams and crews. The fire was located on the Trinity Alps Wilderness in steep and inaccessible terrain. Road and trail closures were required for the safety of the firefighters and the public.
The adversity of the terrain and the extreme weather were only part of the challenge. Natural hazards included bears snakes and poison oak. Snags standing dead trees stump holes full of hot coals and steep terrain also posed threats to the crews.
Initially firefighters contended with hot dry weather and were forced to attack the fire indirectly building fireline far from the actual flame front. As temperatures cooled and humidity rose a new strategy of direct attack combined with the strategic use of aircraft in inaccessible areas was employed successfully.
At its height almost 1300 men and women were utilized fighting this fire.
Much of the required rehabilitation that included building water bars backhaul of equipment and restoring wilderness areas is complete.
Road Closures Area & Trail Closure: Six Rivers National Forest issued an emergency fire road closure on August 30 2013 (Order No. 10-13-06) for all or part of the following: Forest roads 8N03 6N03 8N01. For public safety and to ensure safe access for firefighters and equipment public access is restricted in the fire area. Shasta-Trinity National Forest issued a Forest Order to close the Corral Complex Area and all trails and roads within the area on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest effective September 5 2013.
The Hoopa Valley Tribe and California Interagency Team 3 will remain in unified command until the transfer to the local Type 4 organization.
This will be the last update for the Corral Complex unless there is a significant change in fire behavior.
For additional information please call 707-441-3673.