Fork Complex

Trinity County Last Update: Friday, October 2, 2015 11:00 a.m. PDT

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Contained
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Acres burned
Jul 30
Started (2015)
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Air Quality Index (Worst: 500)
Fork Complex
Location of
Community Of Hayfork, Ca
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August 7, 2015 7:47 a.m. PDT

Operational priorities are to provide for firefighter and public safety, provide community and infrastructure defense, defend area resources. This update is for fires burning on the Hayfork Ranger District, and includes the communities of Hayfork, Harrison Gulch and Trinity Pines along with the surrounding areas. The Fork Complex consists of over 40 fires, all of which were ignited by lightning between July 29 and 31, 2015. All fires being managed by California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (CIIMT 4) are still being identified, assessed, and prioritized. Updated acreage and information about specific fires will be published as it is known. Fire activity moderated throughout last night with the smoke inversion layer remaining in place today. It is hoped this will create favorable conditions for fire crews to take direct fire attack on the fires edge, construct dozer line and scout for possible future handline locations on all fires in the complex. Additional overhead has been ordered to more effectively manage the large number of fires in the area. The Type I Incident Management Team (Opliger) in Unified Command with CALFIRE has assumed command of the Fork Complex. The Fork Complex now includes the fires around Hayfork, including the Blue, Deer, Farmer, Shiell, Telephone, Rail, and Barker Fires. An evacuation center has been established at the Solid Rock Christian Church at the intersection of State Route 3 and Tule Creek Road in Hayfork. 9 persons are staying at that location. The Salvation Army were able to feed 130 persons for lunch today. As the Fork Complex of fires continue to burn, smoke will be impacting local communities. Smoke is typically greater in the morning and evening hours. Plan outdoor activities for times and places with low smoke levels. Up-slope breezes occur during the day, which will often take smoke into higher elevations. In the evening, these winds change direction and bring smoke back down slope to lower elevations. Currently an inversion layer exists over the area preventing air resources from assisting ground crews over most of the fire area.

August 6, 2015 6:44 p.m. PDT

California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Opliger) has assumed command of the Fork Complex of fires. Crews will be carrying point protection, looking to build direct fireline and gathering information on smaller fires within the complex.

August 5, 2015 3:59 p.m. PDT

As the Fork Complex of fires continue to burn, smoke will be impacting local communities. Smoke is typically greater in the morning and evening hours. Plan outdoor activities for times and places with low smoke levels. Up-slope breezes occur during the day, which will often take smoke into higher elevations. In the evening, these winds change direction and bring smoke back down slope to lower elevations. Currently an inversion layer exists over the area preventing air resources from assisting ground crews over most of the fire area.

August 5, 2015 1:14 p.m. PDT

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.

August 2, 2015 10:02 p.m. PDT

The Fork Complex consists of approximately 40 fires, all of which were ignited by lightning between July 29 and 31, 2015. Operational priorities are to provide for firefighter and public safety, provide community and infrastructure defense, and protect natural and cultural resources. Most growth overnight was observed on the Rail Fire. Firefighters made progress overnight preparing structures and conducting burning operations for structure protection. The fire area experienced good humidity recovery overnight, and crews were able to take advantage of conditions to continue to scout and construct fire containment lines. Crews will continue today to prioritize structure protection around the affected communities. A Red Flag Watch (downgraded from a full Red Flag Warning this morning) has been issued for the fire area today for isolated thunderstorms, which could produce gusty and erratic winds. Temperatures are predicted to moderate in the coming days, with a chance of thunderstorms remaining in the forecast into next week. Additional overhead has been ordered to more effectively manage the large number of fires in the area, and the Fork Complex will be split into three separate complexes. A Type I Incident Management Team (Oplinger) will assume command of the Fork Complex on Monday morning. The Fork Complex will now include the fires around Hayfork, including the Blue, Deer, Rail, Farmer, and Barker Fires (which will remain in Unified Command with CalFIRE.) Another Type 2 Incident Management Team (Walker) will assume command of the fires around Hyampom, including the Pelleteau/ Pell/Pell2, Kerlin, and Gates fires.

August 1, 2015 7:32 p.m. PDT

Operational priorities are to provide for firefighter and public safety, provide community and infrastructure defense, defend area resources. This update is for fires burning on the Hayfork Ranger District, and includes the communities of Hyampom, Hayfork, and Harrison Gulch along with the surrounding areas. The fires are currently being jointly managed by Norcal Team 2, an interagency incident management team, and CalFIRE. Last night, fire crews worked to provide structure protection near active fire areas. Structures were confirmed damaged and/or destroyed at Post Mountain. Crews will be working to assess the area as it is safe to access. As of 8am, no other damage has been reported. The Fork Complex consists of (at current count) over 30 fires, all of which were ignited by lightning between August 29 and 31, 2015. At this time, fires are still being identified, assessed, and prioritized. Updated acreage and information about specific fires will be published as it is known. An evacuation center has been established at the Solid Rock Christian Church at the intersection of State Route 3 and Tule Creek Road in Hayfork

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USFS - Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Cause
Lightning/natural
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Current Situation
-Fire suppression repair is 95 percent.-Updated maps of fire activity will be posted as they become available.-Rifle hunting season has opened in the area of the Fork Complex.
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