Update for Forks Complex, September 11, 2013
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
Fire Weather and Fire Behavior Continued warm temperatures and low relative humidity are forecast. Prevailing winds returned to a local pattern of West/Southwest and 4 to 8 mph on ridge tops. Fire activity could increase due the warming temperatures.Butler Fire A change of wind direction provided firefighters an opportunity to hand fire an area along China Creek cutting off fire advancing west of Forest Road 10N23. Removing duff underbrush and ladder fuels enabled firefighters to keep burn intensity low and reduce the chance of a high intensity fire. 150 firefighters are spike camped on the ridgeline above Granite Creek drainage. The safe location allows them to focus more time on fire fighting efforts and reduces travel time and risk in the extremely rugged landscape. Crews are prepping areas of the north end of Butler Creek near Somes Mountain and the south end of Butler Creek north of Orleans Mountain for defensive firing. The defensive firing could begin as early as today if weather conditions are appropriate. Residents may see additional smoke and helicopter activity when firing operations are initiated today and into next week.
Salmon River ComplexPatrol mop-up in isolated areas and suppression repair work is continuing in the Salmon River Complex.Emergency Closure OrderA revised emergency closure order effective September 11 2013 increases the area of Klamath National Forest land open around the Salmon River Complex and the southern portion of the Butler Fire. This means more land open for recreation hunting and firewood gathering. See link below for more details.
Forks Complex Alerts>Increasing numbers of firefighters and equipment have renewed the need for traffic control on Salmon River Road. Motorists should expect delays> A Forest Closure is in effect around the Butler Fire and Salmon River Complex on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests. The purpose of this order is public safety due to active pockets of fire within containment lines. To see the full Forest Closure Order visit: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5430601.pdf>Remember that campfire restriction is still in place on the Klamath National Forest. Campfires are allowed only in designated