Update: Slide Fire is 95 percent contained

An aerial view of the Slide Fire outside of Orleans.
An aerial view of the Slide Fire outside of Orleans.

Press release from the Six Rivers National Forest:

Eureka, California, August 15, 2014 - For Immediate Release. The Slide Fire, on the Orleans Ranger District of the Six Rivers National Forest (NF), is 9.15 acres in size as of 10:00 this morning and 95 percent contained. This lightning-caused fire, burning four to five miles southeast of Orleans and one-half mile southwest of the Orleans lookout, was reported Tuesday morning.

The fire is burning in heavy timber in the Boise Creek drainage. The crews made good progress yesterday. The Mad River Hotshot Crew working overnight mopped up about 15 feet in toward the interior of the fire. Today's work will be to continue as planned, strengthening the fire line, looking for hot spots and mopping up.

No engines or water tenders are being used as the fire area is accessible only by foot.

The Mad River Hotshots, Mendocino NF Hotshots and Tahoe NF Hotshots are on site, and a Forest Service crew from Florida is on the way. Three helicopters have been working on the fire; one is being released today for reassignment to another fire.

Current resources are: Crews: 4 Helicopters: 2

Challenges to fire crews include difficult access, steep terrain and burning materials rolling downhill that could ignite areas outside the fireline. No injuries have been reported.

"The use of helicopters has been a key part in keeping this fire at a small size and cooling off the flaming front to allow initial attack forces to construct direct handline,?according to Dave Markin, Division 2 chief from Orleans Ranger District. "Without the use of helicopters, this fire could have grown to a size where a lot more crews and resources would have been exposed to the hazards for a longer duration."

Today's forecast weather for the fire area is for temperatures between 70? and 80? F with relative humidity between 20 and 30 percent with light upslope winds.