Friday, September 25, 2015

Northern California Fire Season Winding Down


Fire Update







Six Rivers National Forest lightning fires – Update
Incident/Complex
Acres
Percent Contained
Personnel
Crews
Engines
Heli
Structures Lost
Evacs
Closures
Gasquet Complex
30,361
50
133
2
4
1
0
No
Yes
Nickowitz Fire
7,509
93
46
2
0
1
0
No
Yes
River Complex
77,081
68
89
1
7
2
0
No
Yes
Mad River Complex
37,462
100
62
1
2
0
4
No
No
Route Complex*
35,675
100




2
No
No
TOTALS
188,088

330
6
13
4
6


* Route Complex totals for personnel, crews, engines and helicopters have been combined with Mad River Complex.
EUREKA, California, September 25, 2015, 11 AM — With a decrease in activity, due to recent rains, cooler temperatures and higher humidity, all the fires on the Six Rivers National Forest have transitioned to smaller, Type 3 incident management teams (IMTs).
According to Forest Supervisor Merv George Jr., “The rain we’ve received, combined with cooler evenings and effective fire-suppression activities, have allowed us to get to this point. Looking back over the past two months, there is much to be proud about. I appreciate everyone’s input and support along the way. I have been very happy with our fire journey and the effort that everyone gave this year.”
Fire managers have also transitioned from fire suppression to fire-suppression repair and Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessments.
BAER specialists have completed data gathering and verification field work for the Route Complex, Mad River Complex, portions of the Humboldt Complex burn areas, and recently completed analysis on the Gasquet Complex fires. Additional BAER information and soil burn severity maps may be downloaded from the “2015 Six Rivers Post-Fire BAERInciWeb site.
·         Gasquet Complex – Gasquet Ranger District: Two of the four fires on the Gasquet Complex are fully contained—Coon (5,679 acres) and Feeder (897 acres). Peak (12,166 acres) is 10 percent contained, and Bear (11,619 acres) is 62 percent contained. Total acreage burned on the complex is 30,361 acres, with 50 percent overall containment and 133 personnel.
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Crews will continue to implement fire-suppression repair plans and monitor the fires’ edges. Although diminishing, smoke from isolated burning stumps and smoldering vegetation inside the perimeter is still visible and could likely be seen until a season-ending weather pattern is established.
A weak front will move over the fire today bringing the chance of clouds, but no precipitation is expected. Gradually cooling temperatures and slightly higher humidity is predicted for the weekend.
Closures: South Fork Road is limited to residential and fire traffic only. A Six Rivers National Forest closure order (10-15-08) is in effect for the Bear and Coon fires, as well as for areas around the G-O Road.
A Klamath National Forest closure order (15-05-770) is also in effect for the Bear Fire. The order is in effect until the Bear Fire is fully suppressed. A detailed map and description of the closed area is available at http://1.usa.gov/1hDZpAN.
·         Nickowitz Fire – Orleans Ranger District: Yesterday, the Nickowitz Fire containment and acreage stayed the same—7,509 acres burned, 93 percent containment and 46 personnel.
Crews continue to patrol along Barren Ridge. Heavy equipment is on the incident to work on Stage 2 repair, which includes piling and stacking brush along firelines. Although fire behavior is minimal, the risk of fire-weakened trees, rolling rocks, and heavy equipment operations still exist.
Closures: A closure order (10-15-09) is in effect for public and firefighter safety. The order protects the public from firefighting activities and provides safe travel for fire suppression activities within the closure area.
·         River Complex – Lower Trinity Ranger District: The three fires on the River Complex have burned 77,081 acres, with 68 percent overall containment and 89 personnel.
Crews continue to make progress on fire-suppression repair operations and the removal of equipment and tools from the fire area. Over the next few days, crews will continue to mop up and patrol, looking for any areas of heat and securing firelines to minimize any threat of escape.
Though activity on the fire has slowed, there are still many hazards in the area. The fire will continue to smolder/burn within the Trinity Alps Wilderness until season-ending rains occur. The public is encouraged to check with local ranger district offices, on websites or social media for information about current conditions.
Closures: Forest area trail and road closures are in effect on the Six Rivers (10-15-02) and Shasta-Trinity (14-15-08) national forests. The closure areas on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest have been reduced in size, but remain in place.
·         Mad River Complex and Route ComplexMad River Ranger District: The Mad River Complex fires (Pickett, Gobbler and Lassic) have burned 37,462 acres. The Route Complex fires (Buck and Johnson) have burned 35,675 acres. There are 62 personnel are still assigned to these fires. Crews continue work on Stage 2 fire-suppression repair.
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All fires are 100 percent contained and in patrol status: Johnson (34,005 acres), Gobbler (8,279 acres), Pickett (10,985 acres), Buck (1,669 acres) and Lassic (18,198 acres). Although these fires are contained, there are areas within the containment lines that are still burning. These areas will continue to burn and put up smoke until a season-ending rain/snow event.
After wildfires are contained, many hazards can be present for hunters and others wanting to enjoy the forest. The public is cautioned to be aware of hazards, such as standing dead trees, rolling rocks and logs, burned-out stump holes, and drainages within and downstream of the burned areas where rains can produce flash floods. Travel is discouraged on forest roads within fire perimeters due to falling trees and unsafe conditions.
Multiple forest area trail, road and campground closures remain in effect on the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity national forests. For more information, visit Six Rivers closures or Shasta-Trinity closures.
As these fires will likely continue to burn until a season-ending rain event, smoke and air quality will continue to remain a concern. The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District recommends the public restrict outdoor activity when air quality from smoke is at unhealthy or hazardous levels. For air quality information, visit www.ncuaqmd.org.
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