Fires remain active in Six Rivers National Forest



Press release from the Six Rivers National Forest: Current fires and fire complexes on the Six Rivers National Forest include the Orleans Complex, consisting of three active fires, and the Young Fire. The western side of the Oak Fire—part of the Klamath National Forest’s Eclipse Complex—is on the Six Rivers National Forest. Firefighter and public safety is the priority.

Orleans Complex—Six Rivers National Forest (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5430/): Three of the nineteen fires comprising the complex remain active: Ukonom (4,176 acres, 52 percent contained); Haypress (5,387 acres, 0 percent contained); and Burney (1,360 acres, 0 percent contained).Fire activity increased on both the Ukonom and Haypress Fires late yesterday afternoon as the persistent heavy smoke inversion finally lifted.

When the smoke inversion lifted and the air cleared yesterday, the Haypress Fire became active and advanced further north into the Marble Mountain Wilderness. The northeast corner of the fire spread in a narrow finger up Haypress Creek, across Halfmoon Creek, and toward Round Meadow, making short runs and spotting ahead of the main fire. On the southwest side of the fire, favorable weather conditions presented crews with an opportunity to successfully conduct a low-intensity firing operation along Forest Road (FR) 12N48 south toward FR 12N02. They will continue that operation into this morning for as long as weather conditions permit. The goal is to connect the fireline to FR 12N26 and to contain the western side of the fire along FR 15N17.

The Ukonom Fire grew just slightly yesterday on the southeast corner but remains west of Lick and Ukonom Creeks. Last night’s infrared flight revealed areas of heat within the fire perimeter only in the southeast corner. Some previously unburned interior islands of vegetation ignited yesterday afternoon. Burning vegetation within the perimeter is expected to continue, producing smoke that could be visible to nearby residents. This interior burning does not pose a threat to containment lines.

Eclipse Complex—Young and Oak Fires—Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests: (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/): The Young Fire is now part of the Eclipse Complex, which is being managed by California Interagency Incident Management Team 1. The fire—entirely within the Siskiyou Wilderness on the Six Rivers and Klamath National Forests—is burning in steep, rugged terrain…

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