Butler Fire Evening Update 8-21-13
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
Detected: Wednesday, July 31, 10 p.m. Cause: Under Investigation
Location: 10 miles east of Somes Bar, CA Fuels: Timber and Brush
Estimated Size: 19,538 Committed Resources: 1,006
Containment: 35% Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 0
Estimated Cost to Date: $20,500,000
Operational Objectives – Keep the Butler Fire:
South and west of the Salmon River to Hotelling Ridge.
East of Somes Mountain down to Orleans Mountain continuing to Salmon Summit.
South of line from Somes Mountain to Butler Flat.
North of the Siskiyou/Trinity County line from Salmon Summit to Hotelling Ridge.
Incident Summary: Initial attack crews and a strike team of engines from the Butler Fire were dispatched to a new
fire start in Beaver Creek northeast of Hoopa this afternoon. With the additional help of a heavy and a medium
helicopters from the Butler Incident, the fire was quickly knocked down.
Earlier today, crews worked to contain a five-acre spot just outside containment lines two miles south of Orleans
Mountain. Dozers were able to construct direct line to an existing road below the spot. Some fingers of the fire have
reached the western boundary of the containment lines south of Somes Mountain. Visibility was limited by smoke
hanging low over the fireline, hampering the ability to determine fire behavior down in the headwaters of Butler
Creek. A thunderstorm cell over the fire area brought erratic winds and moderate precipitation to some parts of the
fire this afternoon. Rock fall on Salmon River Road created conditions too hazardous for travel this evening.
Siskiyou County Road Department has closed Salmon River Road from Butler Flat to the Forks of Salmon for the
night and will reassess the closure tomorrow. Night shift operations are suspended tonight due to wet weather
conditions, lightning potential and the moderation of fire behavior. Normal operations are expected to resume
tomorrow as weather abates.
Fire Behavior and Environmental Conditions: A Red Flag Warning for possible thunderstorms is in effect
through Thursday evening. These conditions could result in increased fire activity and spread. Additional local fire
weather related information is available from the National Weather Service – Eureka Office at:
Hunters are reminded a Forest Closure Order is in effect for National Forest system lands around the Butler
Fire and Salmon River Complex on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests. To see the full Forest Closure
Order, visit: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5430601.pdf.
Salmon River Road is closed between Forks of Salmon and the junction with Highway 96 at Somes Bar.
North Fork/Sawyers Bar Road is closed to the public at this time.
Health Advisory: The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District is providing daily notifications of any air
quality health advisories or alerts. For additional information, call the NCUAQMD 24-hour Air Quality Advisory
Information line at 1-866-BURN DAY (1-866-287-6329), visit their website at www.ncuaqmd.org, or the Siskiyou
County Pollution Control District at www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/AG/apc.aspx.
Evacuation Advisory: At this time, an Evacuation Advisory remains in effect in and around Forks of Salmon.
Please see www.inciweb.org/incident/3577/ for updates and a map. For information on how to prepare for an
evacuation, visit the Ready Set Go website at www.ReadyforWildfire.org.