Orleans Complex - News Release
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
August 12, 2013, 8:00 a.m.
For Immediate Release
Butler Fire Information (530) 618-2101 Salmon River Complex Fire (530) 841-4451
The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQM) continues to extend their smoke advisory for Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity Counties, noting that there are separate advisories for Forks of Salmon, Klamath Glen, Orleans and Weitchpec. For further information call the 24 hour Air Quality Advisory Information at 1-866-BURN-DAY or check the district’s website at www.ncuaqmd.org.
Detected: Wednesday, July 31, 10:00 p.m.
Cause: Under Investigation
Fuels: Timber and Brush
Estimated Size: 9,092
Committed Resources: Approximately 1,108
Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 0
The following closures are in effect for the public, excluding residents within the closure area:
A Forest Closure is in effect for the areas of the Klamath National Forest around the Butler Fire and Salmon River Complex. To see the full Forest Closure, please visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5430601.pdf
Highway 93 (Forks of Salmon Road) is closed at the Highway 96 intersection and above the Forks of Salmon store. No access to North Fork/Sawyers Bar Road is available at this time.
Structure protection and mop up continue in Butler Flat and around Nordheimer Flat. Firefighters worked successfully last night to burn along the southeast edge of the fire, using the favorable nighttime temperatures and higher humidity to strengthen the containment line ahead of the active fire. Ignitions will continue on that line and may begin around the upper Butler Creek drainage area as conditions allow.
Warmer, drier temperatures are expected today, and may cause increased activity as the fire, now established in the Fong Wah Gulch, makes short runs uphill.
The weather is expected to return to normal temperatures over the next few days.
A helicopter and a strike team of engines from the Butler incident assisted the Six Rivers National Forest with initial attack of new lightning fires from yesterday's thunderstorms. Correction: There are no public meetings planned at this time.
Please see http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3577/# for updates and a map of the Orleans Complex.