As more of the complexes reach full containment, the larger Type 1 and 2 incident management teams will be replaced with Type 3 teams. Firefighter and public safety remain the number one priority.
Fire-suppression repair—repairing those areas damaged by fire or firefighting—and Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team assessments—assessing potential landscape and watershed threats that may occur post-fire—continue.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has completed their field surveys to collect post-fire data for the Mad River Complex, and are finalizing their analysis. The scientists are running models for predicted post-fire water run-off, erosion risk levels and debris-flow potential. Coordination with other agencies, such as the US Geological Survey (USGS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the National Weather Service (NWS), Humboldt and Trinity counties, and CalTrans is ongoing.
As a result of the BAER team’s rapid evaluation and assessment, emergency stabilization projects designed to decrease possible impacts to values-at-risk (VAR) on National Forest System lands such as, human life and safety, property, critical natural resources and cultural resources, will be implemented as soon as possible, with a goal of completing priority projects before the first major storm arrives over the fire area.
The BAER team’s final assessment report for the Mad River Complex will be completed later this week and submitted to Forest Supervisor Merv George Jr. for review and approval.
· Gasquet Complex – Gasquet Ranger District: There are four fires on the Gasquet Complex--Bear, Coon, Peak and Feeder—totaling 28,614 acres, with 46 percent overall containment and 755 personnel.
Coon (5,684 acres, 100% contained) and Feeder Fires (898 acres, 100% contained): Firefighters continue to monitor these fires to keep them within existing lines. They have begun fire-suppression repair and hauling out excess equipment.
Bear Fire (10,666 acres, 46% contained): The priority remains keeping the fire east of FS Roads 17N05 and 16N02, south of 18N07 and west of Clear Creek Trail.
Peak Fire (11,366 acres, 9% contained): The priority remains keeping the fire east of Lems Ridge and west of the wilderness boundary at Elk Valley.
Today, northeast winds are expected in the morning, becoming north to northwest in the afternoon, at 8 to 12 mph with gusts to 20 mph. Temperatures will be 75 to 80 degrees on ridges, with low 90s along the Smith River. Relative humidity will be 20 to 30 percent in the afternoon.
Closures: A closure order (15-05-770) has been implemented within and adjacent to the Bear Fire, on the Klamath National Forest. The order is in effect until the Gasquet Complex Bear Fire is fully suppressed. A detailed map and description of the closed area is available at http://1.usa.gov/1hDZpAN.
South Fork Road is limited to residential and fire traffic only. The east gate of Howland Hill Road has been reopened. A Six Rivers National Forest closure order (10-15-04) has been issued around the Bear and Coon fires, Bear Basin Lookout, Island Lake and Doe Flat Trailheads, South Kelsey and Summit Trails, and the G-O Road.
· Nickowitz Fire – Orleans Ranger District: The fire has burned 6,881 acres, with 76 percent containment and 53 personnel. A fireline has been established around the entire footprint of the fire. This fire is being fought utilizing indirect tactics, where the control line is a considerable distance away from the fire’s active edge. It allows firefighters to utilize fuelbreaks and favorable natural breaks in the topography. An indirect fireline can be combined with existing natural barriers to strengthen the line.
Fire activity is low, primarily smoldering and confined to heavy fuels. Firefighters will continue to hold completed containment lines and initiate mop-up where possible. Fire-suppression repair will also continue.
With numerous snags in the fire area from previous wildfires, firefighter safety remains a concern. The fire is burning in a remote area, with limited communications and long transport times. Additional information on the fire is available at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4466.
Closures: The forest has issued closure order (10-15-06) to provide for public and firefighter safety. There are forest and road closures throughout popular hunting areas. These areas are closed to provide for public and firefighter safety. There may be areas near these closures that are not closed, but present potential hazards.
· River Complex – Lower Trinity Ranger District: The three fires on the River Complex have burned 71,532 acres, with 52 percent overall containment and 224 personnel.
The fire continues to burn slowly into the Trinity Alps Wilderness, in part, because it is burning into old fire scars from fires in 1999, 2006, 2008 and 2013. The area is covered in mostly dead or down snags, slash and regrowth brush in very steep, rugged terrain.
On Saturday, a 5-acre spot fire popped up, on the east side of the New River. The Diamond Mountain Hot Shots lined and contained the spot fire with help from numerous helicopter water drops.
Fire crews are actively scouting and cold trailing the firelines along Fawn Creek on the northern boundary, with the goal of confirming the fireline is cold and out all the way to the 2013 Corral Fire scar. A separate fire crew will be patrolling and cold trailing up along the East River into the wilderness area. Cold trailing is done by carefully inspecting and feeling a fire’s edge for heat with the hand to detect any remaining fire.
Helicopters will drop water on areas that flare up and are deemed too unsafe to for ground forces. The very serious danger of rolling rocks and falling trees continues to pose a threat to firefighters.
Fire-suppression repair efforts are continuing, and equipment and trash are being hauled out. Additional (tree) falling crews have been ordered to assist with hazard tree removal along Denny Road and other sections of the fireline.
The warming and drying trend that began Saturday will continue through the week along with no chance of precipitation and low humidity, resulting in possible increased fire activity. This may include single- and group-tree torching, as well as increased fire activity along the eastern and northeastern boundary of the complex and in pockets of unburned fuels in the interior of the complex.
Closures: Forest area trail and road closures are in effect on the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity national forests. For more information on these closures, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4431/26432/.
· Mad River Complex and Route Complex – Mad River Ranger District: The three fires on the Mad River Complex (Pickett, Gobbler and Lassic) have burned 37,462 acres, with 100 percent containment. The two fires of the Route Complex (Buck and Johnson) have burned 35,675 acres, with 100 percent containment. There are 105 personnel assigned to the complexes.
Operations, including patrol and fire-suppression repair, will continue. Smoke will continue to be visible from interior hot spots that are still burning.
While Bailey Canyon Campground will only be open until Tuesday, September 8, Fir Cove Campground will be open until the end of the season. Visitors should be mindful of staying out of burned areas, where trees, weakened by fire, may fall.
The Johnson (34,005 acres, 100% contained), Gobbler (8,279 acres, 100% contained), Pickett (10,985 acres, 100% contained), Buck (1,669 acres, 100% contained) and Lassic (18,198 acres, 100% contained) fires remain in patrol status.
Travel is discouraged on forest roads within the fire perimeters due to falling trees and unsafe conditions. Other roads (such as county roads) may be intermittently closed without notice due to tree and/or debris removal. Visitors should be mindful of staying out of burned areas, where trees, weakened by fire, may fall across roads.
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 across the Six Rivers National Forest. The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQMD) recommends the public restrict outdoor activity when air quality from smoke is at unhealthy or hazardous levels. For air quality information and specific advisories, visit www.ncuaqmd.org.