Fork Complex Fire at 19,500 Acres: 17 percent Contained

Aug 9, 2015 12:42 PM by News Staff

The following is the USFS Sunday morning update on the Fork Complex Wildfire:

Incident: Fork Complex Wildfire Released:

Date Started: July 30, 2015 Cause: Lightning Size: 19,472 acres

Containment: 17% Structures

Destroyed: Residences 8, other buildings 4

Firefighter injuries to date: 3 Total Personnel:

2,101 Fork Complex fires in acres: Rail: 5,618 Shiell: 5,263 Barker: 3,247 Blue: 2,603 Peak: 2,640 Telephone: 61 Bigfoot: 25 Deer: 14

Fire Resources: 46 crews, 6 helicopters, 193 engines, 54 bulldozers, 39 water tenders

Current Fire Situation: The Shiell fire burned through the night with visible fire activity on the ridges as well as backing down towards Highway 3. The column, caused by unstable air surrounding the fire area, could be seen from several miles away. The Barker fire had a small spot fire outside of the main fireline which will be a priority to get containment on throughout today's operations. On the Peak fire, a concentration of efforts has gone towards implementing fireline with heavy fire equipment bulldozers. Today they will continue those efforts in order to gain better containment. Great success on the Rail fire has been made and the next goal is for the line to be tied into the Wildwood Road. The Bigfoot fire is at 100%, the Deer fire is at 98%, and the Telephone fire is at 75% containment. With the high containment percentages of these three fires, resources are able to focus on the larger fires in need of control efforts. All fires are worked to full suppression and will be patrolled until completely out.

Weather: Unstable air will bring clearer skies over the Blue and Shiell fires while winds will come from the southwest and west. With no clouds in the forecast, this means the fires will have more direct sunlight over them with the potential to burn hotter and faster. The low relative humidity, keeps fuels dry and with the terrain influences, the fire perimeters that have not been impacted thus far will be tested today.

The Fork Complex is being managed jointly under unified command with California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 and CAL FIRE. Forest Closure Order 14-15-03 prohibits the public from going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Fork, South, Route, and Mad River Fire Complexes until they are declared out. For the latest Evacuation and Road Closure Information please visit: Air Quality: For Wildfire Smoke Advisories & Alerts, please visit:


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