INFORMATION ON THE ECLIPSE FIRE COMPLEX

Friday, September 22, 2017

This will be the last update on this incident unless conditions change.

You can follow updates on the Inciweb website at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511

The Eclipse Complex fire was mapped at 100,065 acres on 9/22/17 and is currently 50% contained. It is expected to be fully contained by October 10, 2017.

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire Update, September 19, 2017

Incident: Eclipse Complex (CA-KNF-6098) Wildfire
Released: 1 day ago

 Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire Update September 19, 2017
Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests

 


Light Patchy Rain Over the Eclipse Complex Aids Firefighters

 

Eclipse Complex Acres: 100,065 acres 
Containment: 
45%

Cedar Fire9,122 Acres 
Oak Fire
: 89,684 acres

Little Buck Fire: 113 acres 
Abney Fire Acres on Klamath NF: 
9,500 acres

Cause: Lightning 
Total personnel:
 650

 

 

The Eclipse Complex is being managed with a confine and contain strategy. This means some areas are contained by firefighters “going direct” and actively engaging with fire to contain it – a high risk but necessary activity to protect high-value resources, homes, private property and infrastructureFire is being confined in other areas by using natural barriers, roads or previously burned areas to limit spread. This is basically using the right tactic in the right place to maximize firefighter safety and minimize natural resource damage from suppression activities such as soil erosion from dozer lines, etc.
 

 

One safety order for wildland firefighters is to have escape routes and safety zones always ready and identified in case fire does something unexpected. This is good wildland firefighting practice. It also applies to any other risky situation, such as heavy rainfall out on the line. You may hear firefighters talk about having escape routes and safety zones ready; under the current conditions, it may apply to either fire or heavy rain conditions.
 

 

Cool temperatures and light rainfall have moderated fire behavior across the Eclipse Complex. The focus areas continue to be the west side of the Oak Fire along the Smith River drainage and the east side of the Abney Fire along the Horse Creek drainage.
 

 

Oak Fire: The fire was active again yesterday along the northwest side, near the intersection of Forest Roads 16N71 and 16N02 burning up to Blue Ridge at low intensity. Fire continues to burn gently on the southwest perimeter in Harrington Creek, moving to the west but is staying on the east side of the Smith River drainage burning at low intensity.Acreage increases of the Eclipse Complex are in this area.
 

 

Little Buck Fire: There was no change from yesterday. It smoked from interior burning and not moved or increased in size. Firefighters are continuing to watch this fire, and will use water drops and retardant should it move.
 

 

Abney Fire (Miller Complex section located on the Klamath National Forest): Containment lines are complete from the south end up to Goodbye Drainage, a tributary to the West Fork of Seiad Creek and are holding. In Horse Creek on the east side, firefighters continued to “go direct” and work on snags falling across Horse Creek. Firefighters continue to work carefully in this area today.
 

 

Other Fires in the Complex: All of the smaller fires are completely out and no new ones were found. Cedar Firecontainment lines are holding with smoke observed in its interior and northern perimeter.

For residents of Seiad Valley and Horse Creek, please make sure you are registered with CodeRed. You will be notified when the evacuations warnings if you are in this system. 
 

 

The Evacuation Warning for Seiad Valley and Horse Creek area remains in place. Local officials are continuously evaluating as to when the Warning level may be lifted. The Evacuation Warning for Happy Camp has been lifted. To register for CodeRed, go to: www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system.
 

 

While there are no current evacuations in Del Norte County due to the Eclipse Complex, residents are encouraged to utilize the Del Norte Community Alert System to remain informed about issues that may affect local safety. Go to preparedelnorte.com to sign up. 
 

 

Fire Area Closure OrdersClosures have been executed for roads and trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail, near many of the wildfires, closing them to public entry to provide for safety. Additional information about the closures and fires is available on Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5511 and at key locations in Happy Camp, Seiad Valley and Gasquet.

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

Incident: Eclipse Complex (CA-KNF-6098) Wildfire

 Eclipse Complex Update September 18, 2017

Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests


Cloud Cover over the Eclipse Complex 

Eclipse Complex Acres: 98,920 acres 
Containment: 
34%

Cause: Lightning 
 

Cooler temperatures and cloud cover are helping firefighters with suppression work in the two areas of concern: the west side of the Oak Fire along the Smith River drainage and the east side of the Abney Fire along the Horse Creek drainage.
 

No significant rain is expected today, but there will be spotty showers of light rain over the Complex with cloudy skies. Temperatures will be in the low 50’s on ridgetops and low 60’s in the valleys.Winds will be out of the west this morning and transition to the west-southwest this afternoon.Ridgetop winds will be 10-15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

 

Note: While we’ve seen a lot of success with firefighting efforts, there is still open line northeast of Seiad Valley on the Abney fire. We are working hard to finish containment lines, but until they are completed to our satisfaction, the evacuation warnings and fire area closures will remain in place.
 

The Evacuation Warning for Seiad Valley and Horse Creek area remains in place. Local officials are continuously evaluating as to when the Warning level may be lifted. The Evacuation Warning for Happy Camp has been lifted. To register for CodeRed, go to: www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system.
 

While there are no current evacuations in Del Norte County due to the Eclipse Complex, residents are encouraged to utilize the Del Norte Community Alert System to remain informed about issues that may affect local safety. Go to preparedelnorte.com to sign up. 
 

Fire Area Closure OrdersClosures have been executed for roads and trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail, near many of the wildfires, closing them to public entry to provide for safety. Additional information about the closures and fires is available on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5511/ and at key locations in Happy Camp, Seiad Valley and Gasquet.

 

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire Update, September 17, 2017

Incident: Eclipse Complex (CA-KNF-6098) Wildfire
Released: 3 hrs. ago

 Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire Update September 17, 2017

Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests


Cooler, Wetter Conditions Expected Next Week on the Eclipse Complex

Eclipse Complex Acres: 98,650 acres Containment: 31%

Cedar Fire9,112 Acres 
Oak Fire
: 89,424 acres 

Little Buck Fire: 113 acres 
Abney Fire Acres on Klamath NF: 
9,500 acres

Cause: Lightning 

Total personnel:
 669


Yesterday was the last day of above-normal temperatures over the Eclipse Complex fire area. Active fire burned at low-intensity with 1 foot flame-lengths burning understory only. The two areas of concern where firefighters were engaged with the fire were on the west side of the Oak Fire and the east side of the Abney fire.

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity are predicted to start this evening. The first chance for a wetting rain will be this evening, with rain expected each day next week through Thursday. Rain is expected to be patchy over the Eclipse Complex area. Cooler, moist conditions will aid firefighting efforts, but may not be enough to fully contain all active areas in the Complex.

Oak Fire: Several areas along the west side were active yesterday. Along the northwest side, near the intersection of Forest Roads 16N71 and 16N02, fire actively backed off the road that that had been burned-out/back-burned last week. The remainder of the fire did not spread much and was well-behaved, burning at low intensity. Just east of Blue Ridge, fire made a small run up the Smith River drainage but was halted by the dozer line. This left a small island of unburned vegetation that may be back-burned today to keep areas near the perimeter black. Fire continued to burn gently in Harrington Creek, moving to the west but remaining on the east side of the Smith River drainage. The fire also burned south in this drainage at a low intensity.

Little Buck Fire: This fire produced smoke yesterday and grew slowly towards the north end of the Oak Fire. Firefighters continue to watch this fire, and will use water drops and retardant should it move in other directions.

Abney Fire (Miller Complex section located on the Klamath National Forest): West side, West Fork of Seiad Creek: Firelines continue to be improved. East side, Horse Creek: Another slop-over occurred today with a burning snag falling across the creek in the same vicinity as yesterday.Firefighters responded quickly and used air support. The slop-over was contained at 0.5 acres.

Other Fires in the Complex: All of the smaller fires are completely out. Fire lines around the Cedar Fire are holding. Smoke was observed in the interior and northern perimeter of the Cedar Fire.

Note: While we’ve seen a lot of success with firefighting efforts, there is still open line northeast of Seiad Valley on the Abney fire. That is why the evacuation warnings and fire area closures remain in place.The Evacuation Warning for Seiad Valley and Horse Creek area remains in place. Local officials are continuously evaluating as to when the Warning level may be lifted. The Evacuation Warning for Happy Camp has been lifted. To register for CodeRed, go to: www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system.

While there are no current evacuations in Del Norte County due to the Eclipse Complex, residents are encouraged to utilize the Del Norte Community Alert System to remain informed about issues that may affect local safety. Go to preparedelnorte.com to sign up. 

Fire Area Closure OrdersClosures have been executed for roads and trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail, near many of the wildfires, closing them to public entry to provide for safety. Additional information about the closures and fires is available on Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5511 and at key locations in Happy Camp, Seiad Valley and Gasquet.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

Incident: Eclipse Complex (CA-KNF-6098) Wildfire

Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire Update September 13, 2017

Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests

 

Yesterday’s Cloud Cover Provided Calm Conditions in the Eclipse Complex Area 

 

Eclipse Complex Acres: 96,529 acres Containment: 25%

Cause: Lightning Total personnel: 378

Yesterday’s challenging weather did not materialize. There were no lightning strikes, high winds or precipitation over the fire area. Cloud cover helped moderate fire behavior with increased humidity and lower temperatures. Firefighters made good progress on several containment lines over the fire area.

New Lightning Fires: Several small lightning fires were found on Monday. Helicopters have been dropping water on them when available and monitoring their progress. A crew is going in to work on the Buck Fire located 2 miles north of Boulder Peak.

Relative humidity in the Eclipse Complex will be lower today, down to 20-26%. Light winds from the north to northwest are also expected.

There are currently no changes in evacuation warnings or fire area closures:

The Evacuation Warning for Seiad Valley and Horse Creek area remains in place. Local officials are continuously evaluating as to when the Warning level may be lifted. The Evacuation Warning for Happy Camp has been lifted. To register for CodeRed, go to: www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system.

While there are no current evacuations in Del Norte County, residents are encouraged to utilize the Del Norte Community Alert System to remain informed about issues that may affect local safety. Go to prepareddelnorte.com to sign up. 

Fire Area Closure Orders: Closures have been executed for roads and trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail, near many of the wildfires, closing them to public entry to provide for safety. Additional information about the closures and fires is available on Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5511 and at key locations in Happy Camp, Seiad Valley and Gasquet.

One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire: Firefighters ask that you be extremely careful and prevent new fire starts. Please review fire restrictions on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forest websites and help firefighters.

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Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

Temperatures on the #EclipseComplex will warm again today, with clear to partly cloudy skies.  Smoke maybe more noticeable, but still much improved. Firelines are holding across the complex, and firefighters continue to take advantage of post-rain conditions to strengthen and improve lines. The clearer air has allowed air craft to assist.

Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/ for more information.

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire Update September 8, 2017

Incident: Eclipse Complex (CA-KNF-6098) Wildfire
Released: 1:47 hrs. ago

Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests


Firefighters Contain Southern Flank of Abney Fire Above Seiad Valley

 

Eclipse Complex Acres: 96,151 acres Containment: 25%

Abney Fire Acres on Klamath NF: 9,500 acres Containment: 12%

Cedar Fire9,050 Acres Oak Fire: 87,101 acres

Cause: Lightning Total personnel: 674

 

Miller Complex Abney Fire (section located on the Klamath National Forest) 

Fire line along the 48N20 and 46N50 Roads above Seiad Valley is now considered contained and the threat to Seiad Valley and Horse Creek is greatly diminished. This line was secured by allowing for low intensity fire to back down the slopes to containment lines.

 

Aided by recent rains, crews are now going direct along the Abney Fire’s eastern flank and extinguishing any remaining heat along East Horse Creek from the 46N50 Road north to the Pacific Crest Trail. Contingency lines are in place east of Horse Creek along the Gap Fire burn area.

 

Oak Fire – Rain across the Oak Fire has significantly decreased fire behavior across the burn area. Crews will use favorable post-rain conditions to seek out options to go direct on remaining open lines to cut off the fire’s spread on the west flank near Blue Ridge and the South Fork of Smith River. 

 

Crews plan to complete lines north to Kelly Lake to ensure long-term protection of Indian Creek from any remaining fire activity in the Siskiyou Wilderness. 

 

Cedar Fire: Crews will continue to patrol along Thompson Creek. Contingency lines along existing roads have been constructed on the west side of the Cedar Fire to prevent it from spreading west. Handline along the fire’s east flank is preventing the fire from spreading east. Crews are monitoring the northward spread of the Cedar Fire toward the Red Buttes Wilderness. 

 

Thunderstorms dropped wetting rains of up to half an inch across the Eclipse Complex and caused new fire starts. Crews, along with local resources, have identified new starts using infrared flight information and have been successful in containing most of them.Today crews will work to suppress the remaining starts and patrol for any new ones.

 

Humidity is expected be much higher across the Eclipse Complex today, suppressing fire behavior and aiding firefighters. Smoke has decreased across the area due to the wetting rains. As conditions dry over the next several days, fire activity can be expected to increase as fuels dry. Detailed smoke forecasts and information on smoke impacts can be found on the California Smoke Blog at californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com.

 

The Limited Evacuation Warning remains in effect for the area directly southwest of the Happy Camp Airport through the Clear Creek Area. There is also an Evacuation Warning in place for residents in the Seiad Valley area. Local officials are continuously evaluating as to when the Warning levels may be lifted. To register for CodeRed, go to:www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system.

 

While there are no current evacuations in Del Norte County, residents are encouraged to utilize the Del Norte Community Alert System to remain informed about issues that may affect local safety. Go to prepareddelnorte.com to sign up. 

 

Fire Area Closure OrdersClosures have been executed for roads and trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail, near many of the wildfires, closing them to public entry to provide for safety. Additional information about the closures and fires is available on Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5511 and at key locations in Happy Camp, Seiad Valley and Gasquet.

 

One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire: Firefighters ask that you be extremely careful and prevent new fire starts. Review fire restrictions on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forest websites and help firefighters.

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Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/ for more updates.

Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017

News Release

Fire Information: (530) 493-1520

knfeclipsecomplex@gmail.com

inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511

www.facebook.com/KlamathNF

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Eclipse Complex Update, September 3, 2017

Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests

Crews Expand Contingency Lines in the Big Flat Area

Acres: 80,503acres (No IR Flight Last Night)Containment:25%

Cause:Lightning

Cedar Fire: 8,713 Acres (includes Four Mile Fire)Oak Fire: 71,790 acres (includes Young Fire)Total personnel:920

Yesterday, fires of the complex were slowed by a heavy inversion and thick smoke cover that shaded the fires.The Oak Fire continued to slowly burn north and back into the Smith River’s South Forkwhere it continues to hold east of the river. Crews made progress on the OakFire’s westernside, improving containment and contingency lines from Bear Basin Butte along Blue Ridge toward Sugarloaf Mountain. A contingency line is also being improved from Ship Mountain south to Muslatt Mountain. Completion of these lines will require several days of additional patrol and mop-up by crews to remove any remaining heat near the lines. Fire lines around Happy Camp continued to cool with a few smokes detected near containment lines. Key primary containment lines held and were strengthened on the Cedar Fire north of Thompson Creek. The Cedar Fire has shown little movement in the past 48 hours.

Due to easier access from the Happy Camp Incident Command Post, the portion of the Miller Complex Abney Fire that has burned onto the Klamath National Forest was transferred to California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 under the Eclipse Complex. A separate update is available for the Abney Fire, Seiad and Horse Creek areas on under the Eclipse Complex.

Today, fire crews are focused on mopping up containment lines around Happy Camp, while extending important contingency lineson the Oak Fire’s eastand west flanks to protect Indian Creek and the community of Big Flat.

Oak Fire:On the Oak Fire’s southeast flank, crews will continue to improve, hold and mop-up containment lines near Benjamin Creek and other developed areas along Highway 96. The Oak Fire has reached Highway 96 and stopped. One-way traffic control on Highway 96 is expected to end this evening. Crews will continue improving primary and contingency lines west of Indian Creek from Boulder Peak north to Kelly Lake.On the Oak Fire’s western flank, heavy equipment and crews will continue constructing indirect line along Blue Ridge, west of the South Fork of the Smith River, as a contingency line should the fire spot across the river. The Oak Fire is expected to continue to move north up Clear and Preston creek drainages todayand slowly back toward the Smith River’s South Fork.

Cedar Fire:Crews will continue to mop and patrol along Thompson Creek. Contingency lines along existing roads have been constructed on the west side of the Cedar Fire to prevent it from spreading west.Handline along the Fire’s east flank ispreventing the fire from spreading east. Crews are

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monitoring the eastward spread of the Cedar Fire toward Red Butte Wilderness. The fire has crossed the ridgeline between Pyramid Peak and Figurehead Mountain at the wilderness boundary, where it showed little movement due to sparse fuels.

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect from 8 PM Sunday to 9 AM Monday.Persistent high pressure will continue to promote high temperatures and dry conditions. Winds are expected to increase out of the northwest and switch to northeast overnight. Gusty winds should be confined to exposed ridges and mid-slopes.

Heavy smoke is expected to continue in valley bottoms below an inversion layer.Residents of Happy Camp seeking clean air may visit the Karuk Senior Center between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Detailed smoke forecasts and information on smoke impacts can be found on the California Smoke Blog atcaliforniasmokeinfo.blogspot.com.

Highway 96 west of Happy Camp remains open with the following restrictions for public and firefighter safety:The highway is closed each morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and each evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to allow for heavy firefighter traffic as day and night shifts rotate. During all other hours, one-way traffic control with a pilot car will be in place from 2.5 miles southwest of Happy Camp to south of Clear Creek Ranch. Delays range from 30 minutes to more than an hour, due to fire activity, heavy smoke and falling rock debris. Traffic control on Highway 96 is expected to end this evening:www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/display.php?page=sr36.

The Limited Evacuation Warning remains in effect for the area directly southwest of the Happy Camp Airport through the Clear Creek Area.To receive updates on changes to evacuation notices, residents should register with CodeRed, which has been instituted by Siskiyou County for rapid reverse 911 automated calls. To register for CodeRed, go to:www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency- alert-system.

. Additional information about the closures and fires is available on Inciweb atinciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5511and at

key locations in Happy Camp, Seiad Valley and Gasquet.

One Less SparkOne Less Wildfire:Firefighters ask that you be extremely careful and prevent new fire starts. Review fire restrictions on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forest web sites and help firefighters.

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Fire Area Closure Orders: Closures have been executed for roads and trails near many of the wildfires,

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including the Pacific Crest Trail, closing them to public entry to provide for safety

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Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, 5pm

A Clean Air Shelter has been set up in Crescent City at the Family Resource Center located at 494 Pacific Ave. 

 

Other Clean Air locations are:

Tsunami Lanes Bowling Alley, located at 760 L Street in Crescent City 

 

 Howonquet Hall Community Center in Smith River (closed 8pm to 6am) located at 101 Indian Court.

Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, 8:30am

Morning update for the #EclipseComplex- Currently 80,100 acres. An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect through Monday. A Community Meeting will be held today at the Seiad Valley Volunteer Fire Department at 4 PM to provide an update on the Eclipse Complex. A representative from the Miller Complex (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5514/) will also be in attendance to answer questions about the Abbey Fire extending south towards Seiad Valley.
Yesterday crews continued strengthening and lengthening containment lines around communities while the Oak Fire spread north up Clear Creek in the Siskiyou Wildness and merged with the Young Fire. Today, fire crews are focused on mopping up containment lines around Happy Camp, while extending important contingency lines on the Oak Fire’s east and west flanks to protect Indian Creek and the community of Big Flat. 
Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/ for more information.

 

Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, 5:50pm

 

 

The Eclipse Complex is now 76,100 acres and 25% contained. 

Technology issues on a national level have prevented the daily maps from being posted on this website. This problem is being reviewed and will hopefully be resolved soon. Please visit the Klamath National Forest Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/) to view them. 

There will continue to be one-way controlled traffic and/or occasional temporary closures of Highway 96 from west (south) of Happy Camp to The Clear Creek Ranch due to fire activity. From 7 am to 8 am and 7 pm to 8 pm the road will be shut down for fire and emergency vehicles only during these times. There may be longer delays due to dense smoke and/or debris on HWY 96 in the fire area. 

Communities along the Klamath River are experiencing degraded air quality due to the numerous fires in the area and limiting visibility on forest roads and state highways. Driving in smoky conditions can be dangerous. Please drive slowly, and with your lights on to ensure you are seen by other drivers. Be alert for firefighters and fire equipment along Hwy. 96 from Seiad Valley to Clear Creek Ranch.

 

Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, 5pm

Gasquet community meeting, Thursday August 31th

Incident: Eclipse Complex (CA-KNF-6098) Wildfire
Released: 2 days ago

There will be a community meeting for the Eclipse Complex on Thursday, August 31st at 6p.m. at the Gasquet Ranger Station, located in Gasquet at 10600 Highway 199. We will also live-stream this meeting if technology allows on the Klamath National Forest Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/).

 

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