Forks Complex Update Friday, September 20, 2013
Incident: Forks Complex (includes Butler Fire ) Wildfire
Forks Complex Update Friday September 20 2013
Reward Offered for Fire Start Information
The Klamath National Forest and CAL FIRE have issued a joint announcement of a $20 000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for starting the Salmon River Complex and Butler Fires. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Arson Tip Line at 1-800-842-4408. See the full announcement at http://inciweb.org/incident/article/3577/21555/.
Fire Weather and Fire Behavior - A storm front moving into the area in the early afternoon is expected to bring moderate to heavy rain over several hours. Gusty south winds are predicted. This morning there could be some fire activity within the fire perimeter until afternoon rain arrives. Rain is forecast to taper off tonight. Conditions will be chilly damp and windy with cold temperatures at higher elevations. Another surge of rain is expected Saturday morning. Drier conditions are predicted for Sunday followed by another cold front arriving Sunday evening or early Monday.
Butler Fire – Good progress has been made rehabilitating roads hand lines and dozer lines to prevent erosion. Crews are continuing to remove equipment such as hoses and portable helicopter dipping wells from the fire area. Today’s work continues as weather and road conditions permit. Personnel will also monitor areas of smoldering fire in heavy fuels within the fire perimeter. Due to potential road hazards from rain and possible debris flows crews are returning to the Incident Command Post awaiting reassessment of working conditions following the predicted rain event.
Salmon River Complex – This fire remains in patrol status.
Incident Command Team Changes - Klamath National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team headed by Jim Allen Incident Commander assumed command of the Forks Complex yesterday evening at 6 p.m.
Area Emergency Closure - The public is encouraged to comply with the emergency closure order in the areas of the Butler Fire and Salmon River Complex. Public safety is a prime objective. Wildfires create weakened trees that may fall as well as erosion and slide potential aggravated by rain on soils devoid of vegetation. Conditions for vehicle and foot travel are perilous. The Klamath National Forest Emergency Closure Order No. 13-05-731 describing the closure area can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/lsbx7ne.
Forks Complex Alerts
The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for this afternoon and evening urging caution near burned areas due to the possibility of debris flow and mud slides.
For public and firefighter safety on the Salmon River Road traffic control measures remain in place from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. between Butler Flat and Nordheimer Campground. Down river traffic going towards Somes Bar will be open on the half hour and upriver traffic towards Forks of Salmon will be open at the top of the hour.
A Forest Closure is still 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
Campfire restrictions are still in place on the Klamath National Forest. Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds with Forest Service fire rings. See http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices/ aid=18398
Butler Fire Summary
7/31/13 at 9 p.m.
Butler Fire Approximate Size:
22 457 acres
Forks Complex 70%
Butler Fire 70%
Estimated Containment Date:
Timber & Brush
Estimated Cost to Date:
Forks Complex $59 329 805