Orleans Lightning Complex Almost Doubles
The Orleans Complex on the Orleans/Ukonom Ranger District is currently 894 acres as of Saturday evening. The Complex currently includes seven lightning-caused fires on the Six Rivers National Forest and in the Siskiyou Wilderness. Suppression of the Ukonom Fire in the East Zone is being managed by Northern California 1 Type II Incident Management Team (Norcal1) under IC Curtis Coots. Fires in the West Zone are managed by Type III IC James Courtright. These fires include the Chimney, Dillon, Forks and Little fires. A combination of suppression and confinement strategies are being used for the incident. Containment is currently at 0%.
Assigned to this Complex are:
Cooperators include the Karuk and Yurok tribes, Klamath National Forest and Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The forest’s top priority on the East Zone of the Orleans Complex, is the Ukonom Fire burning near Ukonom Mountain. Active suppression and confinement strategies are being employed. This fire is estimated at approximately 793 acres as of Saturday evening. Heavy equipment and engines will set up protection for Ukonom Mountain fire lookout.
A confinement strategy is being implemented for fires in the West Zone.
Weather conditions will cause smoke to concentrate in the valley floors of the Klamath River Drainage and could impact local communities. Conditions will become slightly warmer with similar terrain influenced winds on Sunday.
The first priority for all fires that are part of the Orleans Complex is to provide for firefighter and public safety, along with protecting cultural sites and natural resources.
The Six Rivers National Forest remains under fire restrictions. We encourage the responsible use of fire in all activities. To learn more about the restrictions, please visit http:www.fsusda.govsrnf/.
For up to date fire information go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5430/.
Earlier Chapter: The Orleans Complex: Map and Information