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Butler Fire Update


 

BUTLER FIRE

Detected: Wednesday, July 31, 10:00pm Cause: Under Investigation

Location: 10 miles east of Somes Bar, CA Fuels: Timber and Brush

Estimated Size: 15,900 Committed Resources: 961

Containment: 25% Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 0

Operational Objectives-- Keep the Butler Fire:

South and west of the Salmon River to Hotelling Ridge.

East of Somes Mountain down to Orleans Mountain continuing to Salmon Summit.

South of line from Somes Mountain to Butler Flat.

North of the Siskiyou/Trinity County line from Salmon Summit to Hotelling Ridge.

Incident Summary: The fire made a run toward the ridge below Orleans Mountain today, but lost energy in lighter fuels as it neared the top. Crews made very good progress constructing direct line up the McNeal Creek drainage, with the intent to tie in with the established dozer line on the ridge. Fire crews are continuing regular patrols along the Salmon River Road to prevent fire spread across the river.

Fire Behavior and Environmental Conditions: A dry and unstable air mass will support potentially active burning during this evening’s shift. The southwest edge of the fire may see accelerate toward indirect fireline as northeast winds reach the area overnight. The fire should continue to back into the upper Butler Creek drainage, and crews may conduct defensive burnout operations to strengthen containment line along the northwest section of the fire area. Burnout operations may also occur in the McNeal Creek drainage as conditions allow.

Closures:

Bow season for deer hunting opened August 17, 2013. Hunters are reminded that a Forest Closure Order is in effect around the Butler Fire and Salmon River Complex on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests. To see the full Forest Closure Order, visit: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5430601.pdf.

The Salmon River Road is closed between Forks of Salmon and the junction with Highway 96 at Somes Bar.

North Fork/Sawyers Bar Road is closed to the public at this time.

Health Advisory: The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District is providing daily notifications of any air quality health advisories or alerts. For additional information, call the NCUAQMD 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information line at 1-866-BURN DAY (1-866-287-6329), visit the District’s website at www.ncuaqmd.org, or the Siskiyou County Pollution Control District at www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/AG/apc.aspx.

Evacuation Advisory: At this time, an Evacuation Advisory remains in effect in and around Forks of Salmon. Please see www.inciweb.org/incident/3577/ for updates and a map. For information on how to prepare for an evacuation, visit the Ready Set Go website at www.ReadyforWildfire.org.

Please be careful with anything that can cause a spark. Motorists can inadvertently create a trail of sparks along the highway, igniting wildfires. Simple actions may prevent costly fires: shorten towing safety chains to be sure they do not drag on the roadway; check tire pressure, wheel bearings, breaks, and make sure no metal parts are dragging underneath the vehicle; and carry a small fire extinguisher in case an accident creates a fire start. More fire safety information is available at http://www.preventwildfireca.org. Please report all fires or any suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1.


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