Butler Fire Control Lines Being Established

Screen shot of the map from the InciWeb for the Butler Fire.

The Butler Fire continues to burn out of control between Somes Bar and Forks of Salmon. According to a press release by the NorCal Interagency Incident Management Team and the US Forest Service,

Today the fire moved through Grant Creek drainage and began backing into the Butler Creek area. [See story of resident here] Fire was reported across Lewis Creek last night and was active in the Lewis Creek Drainage today. Firefighters continued to provide structure protection in Butler Flat, and completed additional structure protection measures in the Nordheimer Flat area. Good progress was made preparing control lines ahead of the western and northern flank. Rolling material continues to be a hazard along Highway 93 and on the Forks of Salmon Road.

Helicopters were used to support ground crews in cooling several spot fires on the southern edge of the fire.

Because Highway 93 (Forks of Salmon Road) remains closed due to rolling debris and rocks, about half of the 636 resources on the fire are being supported at Aikens Creek Campground near Orleans, while the other half are stationed at Nordheimer Flat.

Complete Press Release:

 

Health Advisory:
Due to continuing fire activity in Oregon and California, the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQM) is extending their smoke advisory for Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity Counties, as well as areas near Crescent City and Gasquet. According to NCUAQMD “alerts are issued when unhealthy or hazardous conditions exist.”  For further information about symptoms, risk factors and recommended actions, call the 24 hour Air Quality Advisory Information at 1-866-BURN-DAY or check the district’s website at www.ncuaqmd.org.
Butler Fire
Detected: Wednesday, July 31, 10pm
Cause:  Under Investigation
Fuels:  Timber and Brush
Estimated Size: 1,500 acres 
Containment: 3% 
Committed Resources: Approximately 636
Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 0 
Location: Six Rivers National Forest, approximately 10 miles east of Somes Bar, California.
Closures: 
The following closures remain in effect:
Highway 93 (Forks of Salmon Road) is closed at the Highway 96 intersection.
Nordheimer Campground is closed.
The land around the Salmon River is closed 300 feet from the high watermark between the confluence of Wooley Creek and the confluence of Nordheimer Creek. 
Summary:
Today the fire moved through Grant Creek drainage and began backing into the Butler Creek area. Fire was reported across Lewis Creek last night and was active in the Lewis Creek Drainage today. Firefighters continued to provide structure protection in Butler Flat, and completed additional structure protection measures in the Nordheimer Flat area. Good progress was made preparing control lines ahead of the western and northern flank. Rolling material continues to be a hazard along Highway 93 and on the Forks of Salmon Road. 
Helicopters were used to support ground crews in cooling several spot fires on the southern edge of the fire. 
Because Highway 93 (Forks of Salmon Road) remains closed due to rolling debris and rocks, about half of the 636 resources on the fire are being supported at Aikens Creek Campground near Orleans, while the other half are stationed at Nordheimer Flat.
Please see http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3577/# for updates and a map of the Orleans Complex.

 

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