Orleans Complex - News Release
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
August 14, 2013, 8:00 a.m.
For Immediate Release
Butler Fire Information (530) 618-2101 Salmon River Complex Fire (530) 841-4451
Detected: Wednesday, July 31, 10:00 p.m.
Cause: Under Investigation
Fuels: Timber and Brush
Estimated Size: 11,883
Committed Resources: Approximately 938
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.
The Butler Fire grew actively in all directions yesterday, but stayed relatively quiet overnight as winds died down.
Firefighters in the area up river from McNeal Creek will work today to keep the fire on the west side of the Salmon River and to provide protection for structures in Forks of Salmon. Crews will begin today to construct a new containment line from Hotelling Campground, along Hotelling Ridge towards the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Visibility remains a challenge as the smoke inversion from this and other area fires remains heavy.
Crews on the north side of the fire will continue structure protection in Butler Flat. As the fire progresses up Butler Creek firefighters may continue to ignite a backing fire to lessen the intensity of the active front when it reaches containment lines.
At this time, an Evacuation Advisory has been issued for residents in Forks of Salmon. During an evacuation advisory residents should begin preparing for a potential evacuation order. Individuals requiring more time to evacuate should consider leaving now. Residents should also consider removing large animals and large personal items such as motor homes, boats, and heavy equipment.
A National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team has been assigned to coordinate management of the Orleans and Salmon River Complexes. The transition from NorCal Team 2 to the NIMO team will take place Friday, August 16, 2013. For more information on the Incident Command System and NIMO teams specifically, please see http://www.fs.usda.gov/nimo
Please see http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3577/# for updates and a map of the Orleans Complex.