Recent lightning storms over northern California have ignited several fires, some in Del Norte County’s more remote areas.

The Orleans Complex, the Clear Complex and the Island Complex are still burning, and have grown to include smaller fires in their respective areas.

“The Young Fire is on the Gasquet Ranger District. It is approximately 200 acres (0% contained) located east of Gasquet in a remote area within the Siskiyou Wilderness,” according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. “Local district staff are actively monitoring this fire to ensure a confinement strategy is being met.”

Officials said no structures are threatened.

Information Officer Jay Nichols with the Orleans Fire Complex confirmed one fire burning within Del Norte County was not caused by embers, but by lightning.

The Forks Fire in the remote southeast area of the county east of Klamath was caused by lightning and was zero percent contained as of Thursday. The area is surrounded almost entirely by Blue Creek and the East Fork of Blue Creek. Due to its remote location, crews are monitoring it, but are not on location at the time.

More active fires

Other fires in the Six River National Forest are at various levels of containment.

The Ruth Complex, located on the Mad River Ranger District, is 1,870 acres and 10 percent contained. The largest fire in complex is the Dutchman Fire, approximately 815 acres (0 percent contained). The Secret Fire is at 55 acres (10 percent contained) with structures potentially threatened. The Willie Fire, also within the Ruth Complex, is at and 1,000 acres (10 percent contained).

The Ruth Complex is currently being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Organization under Incident Cmdr. Duane Franklin. Northern California Incident Management Team 1 (Type 1) under Incident Cmdr. Mike Minton will take command of the complex over the weekend.

Campers and visitors are warned to be extremely careful in backcountry areas. Many activities are known to start vegetation fires. For more information on ways to keep from igniting wildland fires, go to