Orleans, California July 31, 2013 - The evacuation order for the community of Orleans was lifted at 9am today and residents are being allowed to return to their homes.
The Karuk Tribe has transitioned their Evacuation Shelter to a Clean Air Center for affected residents at the Department of Natural Resources in Orleans. This is necessitated by continued smoke from the fire that began on the afternoon of July 29th at approximately 5pm.
The Incident Response Organization Team consists of several Tribal staff from various departments, including Department of Natural Resources, Housing, Emergency Preparedness, Self- Governance, Health and Transportation.
The Clean Air Center will be open 24 hours, serving snacks and providing water to visitors and can be reached at (530) 627-3446. The Tribe's clinic will not operate extended hours at this time, but clinic staff is on call after hours.
The Tribe continues to distribute HEPA Air purifiers, as resources allow, through its clinic to those diagnosed with a need for this type of assistance, please call the Orleans Clinic for more information (530) 627-3452.
The Tribe is coordinating with local agencies to obtain an air quality monitor to be placed in Orleans to accurately monitor air conditions and advise residents of unsafe conditions.
The Karuk Tribe Housing Authority continues to provide housing vouchers for those who need to get out of the smoke, please call the Karuk Tribal Housing Office in Happy Camp at (530) 493-1414 for more information.
The Tribe continues to coordinate with local community members, the Forest Service, and the Incident Command Team as fire suppression efforts continue. The fire was last reported at 650 acres and 60% containment.
A Public Meeting will be held at the Department of Natural Resources Building in Orleans at 6pm, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. More information about the fire can be found at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3571/
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