Corral Complex Fire Update August 18, 2013 8:00 PM
Incident: Corral Complex Wildfire
Corral Complex Fire Update August 18, 2013 8:00 P.M.
Location: Trinity Alps Wilderness, Six Rivers National Forest Date Started: August 10, 2013
Percent Contained: 0% Injuries: 1
Acres Burned: 4,450
Resources: Hand crews: 13
Water Tenders: 3
Fixed Wing: 2
Total personnel assigned to fire: 482
The Corral Complex was started by lightning on August 10, 2013. It is located in the Trinity Alps Wilderness and is burning within the 1999 Megram Fire and the 2009 Backbone Fire areas. The fire is burning actively in heavy snags and thick brush. The fire is moving in a northeast, northwest direction. Because of the long distances involved, a remote spike camp has been established in Groves Prairie to support firefighters on the south side of the fire. There is great sensitivity to cultural and heritage resources throughout the fire area. Resource advisors are being consulted about the protection of cultural resources. Priority is protecting the Hoopa Reservation on the west and Highway 299 communities on the south although the fire is still some distance away (Denny 6.5 miles...Willow Creek 9.5 miles...Salyer 11 miles...Burnt Ranch 13 miles).
The Six Rivers National Forest is in Unified Command with the Hoopa Valley Tribe. Unified Command is a structure that brings together cooperating agencies and organizations involved in an incident under a single management structure. Unified Command allows the Forest Service and Hoopa Tribe to cooperatively develop strategic plans and decision points to more effectively manage the fire across Forest Service and Tribal lands. For more detailed information about Unified Command, see http://tinyurl.com/What-is-Unified-Command
Garwood’s Southern California Team 2, after nearing the end of their normal 14 day operational tour will transition with Joseph’s California Type 1 Incident Management Team 5 on Monday.
Anticipate Closure Order Near Corral Complex
Forest users should anticipate a Forest Order closing the area burning in the Corral Complex for public and firefighter safety due to ongoing firefighting operations and unpredictable spread of the fire.
Smoke from the Corral Complex fire will continue to be visible during active burning periods in the local communities. Depending on changing weather conditions, smoke may create decreased visibility and increased problems for people with respiratory diseases. For additional information on smoke conditions and health effects, visit the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District website at www.ncuaqmd.org.
Winds are predicted to begin blowing from the east to northeast on Monday. Gusts up to 30 mph will increase fire behavior and activity. Significant warming and drying is expected along possible thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday afternoon.
Road Closures and Evacuations
There are no road closures. Forest Service roads 7N26, 7N53, and 7N04 surrounding the Groves Prairie Spike Camp has restricted public access due to fire crew activity. Long delays may be expected.
There are no evacuations anticipated at this time, however, we will begin precautio nary work with the Office of Emergency Services and Sheriff’s Department.
Corral Fire Information (909) 553-2876 or visit http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3634/
Southern California Interagency Team 2
Don Garwood, Incident Commander
Hoopa Valley Tribe
Rod Mendes, Incident Commander