Corral Complex September 4, 2013 PM Update
Incident: Corral Complex Wildfire
Incident: The Corral Complex was started by lightning on August 10, 2013 and is burning within the 1999 Megram Fire and the 2009 Backbone Fire areas.
Location: Trinity Alps Wilderness
Agency Jurisdiction: Unified Command-USDA Forest Service and the Hoopa Valley Tribe.
Cooperating Agencies: Hoopa Valley Tribe, Willow Creek VFD, Hawkins Bar/Denny VFD, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County DPW, Humboldt County OES, and Trinity County OES
Current Size: Complex is 12,272 Acres Cause: Lightning
Containment: 67% Structures Threatened: 114
Current Resources: Crews: 20 Engines: 36 Helicopters: 9 Dozers: 7
Total Personnel: 1,029
Current Situation: Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity created a window of opportunity for Team 3 to make changes to the suppression strategy, going from indirect to direct line construction. This includes the use of air tankers and helicopters in providing additional water to hot spots within inaccessible sections of the fire, primarily along the southern boundary. Air support is averaging about 250,000 gallons a day. With the new strategy infrared imaging has indicated a significant drop in heat throughout the fire over the past few days as a result of these water drops and the firefighters’ work along the fireline.
Given current conditions, fire managers deemed it safe enough to implement coyote tactics, deploying crews mainly along the western boundary for the next two to three days. For the most part they are self-sufficient but do require additional support. Additional supplies will be flown in by helicopter, providing food and water, along with batteries, and additional oil and gas for chainsaws. Implementing this strategy reduces the risk and exposure associated with transportation. It also significantly increases time spent constructing fire line during the day. With the time constraints related to the hotter and drier weather expected this weekend the use of coyote tactics is the most efficient use of resources.
Road Closures: Six Rivers National Forest issued an emergency fire road closure 8/30/2013 (Order No. 10-13-06) for all or part of the following roads: Forest roads 8N03, 6N03, 8N01. Road closures on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation include Big Hill Road, Tish Tang Road, Mill Creek Gap, and Four Corners due to fire personnel, traffic, and fire suppression activities.
Area & Trail Closures: For public safety and to ensure safe access for firefighters and equipment, public access is restricted in the fire area. Shasta-Trinity National Forest issued a Forest Order to close the Corral Complex Area and all trails and road within the area on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest (16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a) and (b) effective September 5, 2013.