Slow and Steady Progress on Forks Complex Fires

Aug 5, 2015 1:08 PM by News Staff

Here is the latest information from the U.S. Forest Service on the Forks Complex of fires burning in the Hayfork area:

Lightning Size: 11,416 acres

Containment: 7% Structures

Destroyed: Assessment in progress

Firefighter injuries to date: 2

Total Personnel: 1,338

Fork Complex fires in acres: Rail: 3,103 Shiell: 2,707 Barker: 2,668 Blue: 2,237 Peak: 656 Telephone: 56 Bigfoot: 25 Deer:

Resources: 38 crews, 4 helicopters, 139 engines, 26 dozers, 26 water tenders

Current Fire Situation: Helicopter water drops were successful on the Peak, Shiell, and Barker fires yesterday and will continue to be utilized as weather permits. Predicted clearer skies will allow the use of more aerial support to the troops on the ground in the coming days as they engage in direct and indirect attack on each of these fires.

Barker Mountain, on the Barker fire, actively burned last night as crews used firing operations to bring the fire down to Kingsbury Road. The Peak fire was also active through the night; crews remained in place protecting structures. The Shiell fire burned in heavy fuels to the north and the main focus today will be to hold it from spotting across Wildwood and East Fork Roads. Crews used strategic burning operations on the Rail fire to buffer the space between the fire and the highway, gaining what is proving to be a good holding spot at the road. Dozer line was put in along the west end on Highway 3.

The west side of the fire is now a focus of suppression efforts in the coming days. Significant progress has been made on the Blue fire with direct line and dozer line completed on the northwest division of the fire. The southwest edge of the fire burned actively yesterday but the dozer line held it in check.

The Bigfoot fire is holding well at 23 acres, within the current containment lines, while the Cold fire shows occasional small pockets of interior smoke and minimal heat. Plans remain ongoing to address structure defense and resident evacuations if more communities near the fire perimeter become threatened.

Weather Conditions: Warm and dry conditions will continue through the end of the week and as the smoke inversion begins to clear; this presents the possibility of more direct heat in and around the fire areas as well as more intense burning.

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