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Update on fires west of Scott Valley

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PNP comment: Mel Fechter sent out a note with his morning photos saying the USFS and CalFire traffic is not stop including fire crews and bulldozers, going past his house up North Kidder Creek. Then a friend called thata lives on Patterson Creek Road, who said the same thing this afternoon. Hopefully, a good fireline will get built that holds as it must be coming down the mountains into Scott Valley. Sorry, my email program does not let me copy his photos  and put them onto this website or I would do it. You can find his photos on his facebook named “Mel Fechter”. — Editor Liz Bowen

Salmon-August Complex Update
August 23, 2017

                                      Date Started: August 11, 2017          Total Size: 9,577.5 acres

                                      Cumulative Containment: 16%        Total Personnel: 590

Operational update: The Salmon August Complex Fires currently have two active fires, the Mary and Wallow Fires. Fire fighters worked yesterday and will continue today to locate and contain multiple spot fires north of the Pacific Crest Trail on the Wallow Fire. Ground crews are focusing on containing the spot fires including the Babs Fork area to prevent further spread towards the communities in the Scott Valley. Bulldozers are also in the area constructing lines to prevent the northeast spread. Crews have opened old roads in the Kidder Creek area and improved them for firefighting access.

Tuesday’s thunderstorm brought minimal rain and lightning to the fire area. The precipitation lowered the fire’s intensity, and there are no new fires reported for the complex as a result of lighting. Crews reported moderate fire activity in areas of good visibility, however fire behavior was difficult to observe throughout the operational period due to the poor visibility from smoke inversion layer covering most of the fire.

There are no evacuation warnings or orders issued for the area at this time. Residents living in the surrounding fire area should be prepared to evacuate should they be notified, and are responsible to make arrangements to move personal property and livestock. Some residents, primarily those with special health needs or other concerns, should relocate during the evacuation warning stage.

The Mary Fire is currently 91 acres and at 10% containment. Smoke jumpers will remain on scene, and are constructing a check line to minimize fire spread to the northeast.

There is a community meeting scheduled in Fort Jones on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Fort Jones Community Center.

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Etna Summit north to Lovers Camp Trailhead (Forest Trail No. 5532).  Forest Closure Order 17-05-799 remains in effect and is being revised to include Lovers Camp Trailhead (Forest Trail No. 5532) for the Salmon-August Complex as follows:

Forest Trail No. 5419 (Cabin Gulch Trail).

Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail).

Forest Trail No. 5405 (North Fork Salmon Trail), beginning at the Mule Bridge Trailhead Developed Recreation Site and continuing northerly to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail).

Forest Trail No. 2000 (Pacific Crest Trail), beginning at its intersection with County Road No. 1C01 (Sawyer Bar Road) and continuing northerly to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5545 (Kidder Creek Trail)

Forest Trail No. 5403 (Bug Gulch Trail), beginning at its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail) and continuing westerly to its intersection with Grant Creek.

Wallow Fire: 7,672 acres; 16% containment. Fire fighters continue to extinguish and contain the spot fires that crossed the Pacific Crest Trail.

Island Fire: 1,539 acres; 60% confinement. The fire is in a confined strategy; allowing the fire to continue to burn to the west until it burns itself out. The fire continues to be monitored by fire fighters to ensure this.

Mary Fire: 91 acres; 10% containment; is located five miles south of Cecilville on the divide between the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests. Because this fire is distant from private property or other values, it has been designated the number two priority for the complex.

Grizzly Fire: 90 acres; 100% containment.  Monitor and assess for any future operation needs.

Pointers Fire: 2.5 acres; 100% containment.

Garden Fire: 183 acres; 100% containment.

Residents within Siskiyou County can expect to see smoke for the next several days, from this complex and surrounding fires.  A daily Air Quality Report is posted on the fire’s Inciweb page.

For updated fire information, please visit InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/

For updated smoke forecasts, please visit http://bit.ly/2uSYloh

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Pacific Crest Trail is closed at Salmon Mt. Summit 8-31-17

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Due to fires, The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Etna Summit north to Lovers Camp Trailhead (Forest Trail No. 5532).

Forest Closure Order 17-05-799 remains in effect and is being revised to include Lovers Camp Trailhead (Forest Trail No. 5532) for the Salmon-August Complex as follows:

Forest Trail No. 5419 (Cabin Gulch Trail).

Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail).

Forest Trail No. 5405 (North Fork Salmon Trail), beginning at the Mule Bridge Trailhead Developed Recreation Site and continuing northerly to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail).

Forest Trail No. 2000 (Pacific Crest Trail), beginning at its intersection with County Road No. 1C01 (Sawyer Bar Road) and continuing northerly to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5545 (Kidder Creek Trail)

Forest Trail No. 5403 (Bug Gulch Trail), beginning at its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail) and continuing westerly to its intersection with Grant Creek.

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Klamath National Forest: Eclipse Fire Complex Evacuation Warning Issued 8-21-17

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Klamath National Forest Fire Update

August 21, 2017

Evacuation Warnings have been issued to residents located southwest of Happy Camp, on the southwest side of the Happy Camp airport and in the Clear Creek area.  Notifications are being made as appropriate, based on current fire conditions, for people in these areas to be prepared to evacuate, should it be necessary.  Forest Supervisor Patty Grantham said:  “While our plan is a good one, and we don’t think the fire will reach town, it is always much better to have folks prepared for leaving just in case”.  The Oak Fire spotted outside of containment lines on the southeast corner due to winds on Saturday evening.  Firefighters are engaged in containing the fire on an alternate line further to the east that will tie into Highway 96, keeping the fire outside of Happy Camp.

An Evacuation Warning means that you should be prepared to evacuate.  Law enforcement and incident personnel will attempt to make personal visits to each residence and business in the areas of concern.  Residents are responsible to make arrangements to move personal property and livestock.  Residents need to make sure they have all of their valuables ready, along with medications and other critical belongings in case they have to be evacuated in the future.  Some residents, primarily those with special health needs or other concerns, should relocate during this stage of evacuation.

Should it be required, the next stage would be an Evacuation Order.  This means that evacuation is necessary in order to protect the lives of area occupants and emergency personnel responding to the incident.  Law enforcement and incident personnel will attempt to convey this information to citizens door to door in person and also through telephone notifications.

Siskiyou County has instituted a rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED® which would be implemented if there was an Evacuation Order.  CodeRED® employs an internet mapping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized emergency messages directly to homes and businesses at a rate of 1,000 calls per minute.  For more information, or to register for CodeRED go to: http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/emergency-information.

Information to help you prepare for a possible evacuation can be found at: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Pre-Evacuation-Preparation/.

It is likely that traffic on Highway 96 west (south) of Happy Camp will be affected by fire suppression activities in the near future.  Traffic controls will likely be implemented, in coordination with the California Highway Patrol and California Department of Transportation.  Temporary road closures could be required.

A public meeting will be held in Happy Camp on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Grange Hall to provide updated information about the fires in the Eclipse Complex.

There will also be a public meeting in Seiad on Wednesday August 23, 2017 at 6:00pm at a location to be announced.

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Klamath National Forest fire update

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Salmon-August Complex Update
August 21, 2017

Date Started: August 11, 2017                                   Total Size: 5,279
Cumulative Containment: 12%                 Total Personnel: 473

Operational update: The complex contains six fires; three are 100% contained; three continue to be active.  Forest and fire managers will continue to focus efforts on the Wallow Fire due to the impact the fire conditions could have on private lands if it spreads.  The past two days of hand and aerial ignitions on the Wallow Fire have been successful and will continue to work to secure the fire’s edge at the Pacific Crest Trail.  The ignitions involve ground crew using drip torches to apply fire in designated areas; aerial resources use a Plastic Sphere Dispenser (PSD) to drop flammable balls to areas that have been prepared for ignition.  By containing the Wallow Fire’s growth to the east, the threat to private lands is reduced.  The area of the fires is steep, difficult to access, and filled with many other hazards.  This makes firing operations the best option for stopping the fire that is low intensity, burning undergrowth, and providing wildlife benefits.  Firefighters will be assigned to the Mary Fire to assess the fire’s current condition and potential need for management actions.

The increase in acreage is due to the successful hand and aerial ignitions.  The percent containment change is due to more accurate mapping of the fires within the complex.  Fire camp was established Saturday in Etna.  Today is the first day of school; drivers need to be alert for increased bus and car traffic, as well as children crossing the streets.  Please observe closed road and trailhead postings for public and firefighter safety.  Since hand and aerial ignitions will continue, expect increased smoke impacts in the Etna-Ft. Jones and I-5 corridors.  Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Tuesday and could bring some precipitation.

A community meeting will be held tonight, August 21st at 5:30 pm at Etna High School, 400 Howell Ave, Etna 96027.

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Etna Summit north to Lovers Camp Trailhead (Forest Trail No. 5532).  Forest Closure Order 17-05-799 remains in effect and is being revised to include Lovers Camp Trailhead (Forest Trail No. 5532) for the Salmon-August Complex as follows:

  • Forest Trail No. 5419 (Cabin Gulch Trail).

  • Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail).

  • Forest Trail No. 5405 (North Fork Salmon Trail), beginning at the Mule Bridge Trailhead Developed Recreation Site and continuing northerly to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail).

  • Forest Trail No. 2000 (Pacific Crest Trail), beginning at its intersection with County Road No. 1C01 (Sawyer Bar Road) and continuing northerly to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5545 (Kidder Creek Trail)

  • Forest Trail No. 5403 (Bug Gulch Trail), beginning at its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail) and continuing westerly to its intersection with Grant Creek.

Wallow Fire: 3,838 acres; 0% containment.  In the Marble Mountain; is the main fire of concern.  CAL FIRE continues its work to improve access on private roads adjacent to the Marble Mountain Wilderness and to reinforce established lines to shorten the access time for crews into the site prep areas near the PCT.
Island Fire: 1,539 acres; 60% containment.  Creeping and smoldering behavior; being monitored by air resources. Due to the increased fire activity, the North Fork Salmon Trail No. 5405 is closed at Mule Bridge. The fire is unstaffed.
Mary Fire: 76 acres; 0% containment; is located five miles south of Cecilville on the divide between the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests.  Due to this fire being distant from private property or other values, it is a low priority for firefighting resources and is currently unstaffed.
Grizzly Fire: 90 acres; 100% containment.  Monitor and assess for any future operation needs.
Pointers Fire: 2.5 acres; 100% containment.
Garden Fire: 183 acres; 100% containment.

Residents in the communities between Yreka and Etna can expect to see smoke for the next several days, since smoke from this complex and surrounding fires continue to affect the area.  A daily Air Quality Report is posted on the fire’s Inciweb page.

For updated fire information, please visit InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/
For updated smoke forecasts, please visit http://bit.ly/2uSYloh

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U.S. Forest Service Chief Tidwell Closes Distinguished Forest Service Career, Announces Retirement

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PNP comment: Some of us are jumping up and down with joy that Tidwel will be gone and question just what kind of “distinguished career” he really gave! Also remember this press release came from the USFS, so it is biased of course. — Editor Liz Bowen

(Washington, D.C., August 18, 2017) – U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced his retirement after a 40-year career, characterized by his climb from a firefighter to a District Ranger, Forest Supervisor to the head of the U.S. Forest Service, leading more than 30,000 employees working in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue praised Chief Tidwell, saying, “From the start, we have relied on Chief Tidwell’s experience and counsel, drawing on his years of experience both in the field and in Washington. The Forest Service will miss the benefit of his knowledge but we wish him well on his retirement after more than 40 years of service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

Some of his accomplishments include increasing collaboration, with the Forest Service working with states, Tribes, private landowners, and other partners for landscape-scale conservation. These efforts have helped increase the benefits Americans get from their national forests, as well as helped provide rural communities with economic stability. As chief, Tidwell also focused on building a safe and inclusive agency characterized by mutual respect and fairness. He was particularly dedicated to improving safety measures to better protect the lives and wellbeing of employees, especially firefighters.  Moreover, he played an instrumental role early on in drawing attention and public support to confront the increasing severity and costs of wildfires and their residual impacts on the agency’s lands stewardship. Tidwell was appointed Chief of the Forest Service on June 17, 2009. His final day in office will be September 1, 2017.

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Fire update from KIamath National Forest 8-20-17

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Salmon-August Complex Update
August 20, 2017

Date Started: August 11, 2017                                   Total Size: 3,981
Cumulative Containment: 27%                 Total Personnel: 304

Operational update: The complex contains six fires; three are 100% contained.  Forest and fire managers have focused their efforts on the Wallow Fire due to the impact the fire conditions could have on private lands if it spreads. Last night on the Wallow Fire, firefighters started the first phase of firing operations to secure the fire’s edge at the Pacific Crest Trail.  By containing the Wallow Fire’s growth to the east, the threat to private lands is reduced.

Fuel preparation activities will continue along the PCT such as cutting and stacking brush and removing hazard trees in anticipation of additional hand firing operations and aerial operations today.  This will use low intensity fire to consume ground vegetation ahead of the main fire to hold the containment line to the wilderness side of the PCT.  The area of the fires is steep, difficult to access, and filled with dead trees.  This makes firing operations the best option for stopping the fire.

Both hand and aerial firing are expected to occur throughout the weekend in the northeastern section of the Wallow Fire.  Be alert for increased fire vehicle traffic and personnel on valley and mountain roads.  Please observe closed road and trailhead postings for public and firefighter safety.  Expect increased smoke impacts from firing activities in the Etna-Ft. Jones and I-5 corridors.

A community meeting will be held Monday, August 21st at 5:30 pm at Etna High School, Multi-purpose Rom, 400 Howell Ave, Etna 96027.

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Etna Summit north to Lovers Camp Trailhead (Forest Trail No. 5532).  Forest Closure Order 17-05-799 remains in effect and is being revised to include Lovers Camp Trailhead (Forest Trail No. 5532) for the Salmon-August Complex as follows:

  • Forest Trail No. 5419 (Cabin Gulch Trail).

  • Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail).

  • Forest Trail No. 5405 (North Fork Salmon Trail), beginning at the Mule Bridge Trailhead Developed Recreation Site and continuing northerly to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail).

  • Forest Trail No. 2000 (Pacific Crest Trail), beginning at its intersection with County Road No. 1C01 (Sawyer Bar Road) and continuing northerly to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5545 (Kidder Creek Trail)

  • Forest Trail No. 5403 (Bug Gulch Trail), beginning at its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail) and continuing westerly to its intersection with Grant Creek.

Wallow Fire: 2,158 acres; 0% containment.  Located near Bear Wallow Peak in the Marble Mountain Wilderness on the Klamath NF and is the main fire of concern.  CAL FIRE continues its work to improve access on private roads adjacent to the Marble Mountain Wilderness and to reinforce established lines to shorten the access time for crews into the site prep areas near the PCT.
Island Fire: 1,525 acres; 60% containment. Creeping and smoldering behavior; being monitored by air resources. Due to the increased fire activity, the North Fork Salmon Trail No. 5405 is closed at Mule Bridge. The fire is unstaffed.
Mary Fire: is located five miles south of Cecilville on the divide between the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests. 46 acres; 0 containment. Due to this fire being distant from private property or other values, it is a low priority for firefighting resources and is currently unstaffed.
Grizzly Fire: 66 acres; 100% containment. Monitor and assess for any future operation needs.
Pointers Fire: 2.5 acres; 100% containment.
Garden Fire: 183 acres; 100% containment.

Residents in Ft. Jones can expect to see smoke for the next several days, since smoke from this complex and surrounding fires continue to affect the area.  A daily Air Quality Report is posted on the fire’s Inciweb page.
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For updated fire information, please visit InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/
For updated smoke forecasts, please visit http://bit.ly/2uSYloh

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Eclipse Fires update 8-20-17

Fire Situation: The Eclipse Complex (CA-KNF-6098) consists of six fires and has burned a total of 24,323 acres; the complex is 17% contained, with 992 personnel assigned. Fires in the complex are generally burning in areas with no recent fire history. With weather turning hotter and drier, fires are becoming more active. Fire behavior has the potential to increase within the complex, especially on the Oak fire.  Smoke from the complex and other fires in the region was the main weather factor, moderating fire behavior. When not covered by the smoke inversion, the Prescott, Oak and Cedar fires continue to burn actively.

Smokey Skies: Wildfire smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. If you have asthma or another lung disease, or heart disease, inhaling wildfire smoke can be especially harmful. Staying indoors and reducing physical activity are the best ways to protect your lungs from wildfire smoke. Wearing a special mask called a “Particulate Respirator” can also help protect your lungs from wildfire smoke.

Fire Prevention Starts with the Homeowner:  Homeowners should take the time to become aware of safety and preventative measures to protect their homes. Creating a defensible space around your home increases your chances of your home being spared if faced with wildland fire. More specific measures to protect your home can be found at https://www.nifc.gov/prevEdu/prevEdu_main.html.

Emergency Closure Orders: Closures have been executed for roads and trails near many of the wildfires, closing them to public entry to provide for safety. If you are planning to visit the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District for hunting, please be aware of road, trail and area closures.  Additional information about the closures and the fires is available at the Inciweb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/, and at key location is Happy Camp and Seiad Valley.

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Siskiyou County Fire update from Klamath National Forest

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Salmon-August Complex Update
August 19, 2017

Date Started: August 11, 2017                                   Total Size: 4,371                 Cumulative Containment: 20%                   Total Personnel: 304

Operational update: This complex of six fires is being managed by SoCal Team 1 (Type 2 Incident Management Team) which assumed management at 6:00 a.m. today. The fires were caused by thunderstorms generating lightning on August 11th.  Two fires are 100% contained: Garden and Pointers; Grizzly – 80%; Island – 60%; Mary and Wallow – 0%.

Activities today will focus on fuel preparation along the PCT such as cutting and stacking brush and removing hazard trees in anticipation of a potential hand firing operation, scheduled to occur later this evening if conditions are right.  This will use low intensity fire to consume ground vegetation ahead of the main fire to hold the containment line to the wilderness side of the PCT.

Both hand and aerial ignitions are expected to occur throughout the weekend in the northeastern section of the Wallow Fire.  Be alert for increased fire vehicle traffic and personnel on valley and mountain roads.  Please obey closed road and trailhead postings for public and firefighter safety.  Expect increased smoke impacts from the firing activities in the Etna-Ft. Jones and I-5 corridors, though smoke dispersion should be a little better today.

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Etna Summit north to Lovers Camp Trailhead (Forest Trail No. 5532).  Forest Closure Order 17-05-799 remains in effect and is being revised to include Lovers Camp Trailhead (Forest Trail No. 5532) for the Salmon-August Complex as follows:

Forest Trail No. 5419 (Cabin Gulch Trail).
Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail).
Forest Trail No. 5405 (North Fork Salmon Trail), beginning at the Mule Bridge Trailhead Developed Recreation Site and continuing northerly to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail).
Forest Trail No. 2000 (Pacific Crest Trail), beginning at its intersection with County Road No. 1C01 (Sawyer Bar Road) and continuing northerly to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5545 (Kidder Creek Trail)
Forest Trail No. 5403 (Bug Gulch Trail), beginning at its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail) and continuing westerly to its intersection with Grant Creek.

Wallow Fire: is located near Bear Wallow Peak in the Marble Mountain Wilderness on the Klamath NF and is the main fire of concern.  It’s approximately 2,600 acres with 0% containment. Active fire behavior in the late-afternoon with uphill runs, group torching, and short-range spotting contributed to its growth. CAL FIRE continues its work to improve access on private roads adjacent to the Marble Mountain Wilderness and to reinforce established lines to shorten the access time for crews into the site prep areas near the PCT. Crews have been inserted on the Pacific Crest Trail from the North Fork of the Salmon River and have started prepping the area for planned aerial and hand ignitions that will take place over the next few days. Expect to see an increase in smoke and fire activity in the area as suppression tactics are implemented.

Island Fire: is three miles west of the Wallow at 1,473 acres and is 60% contained. It is creeping and smoldering, and is being monitored by air resources. Due to the increased fire activity, the North Fork Salmon Trail No. 5405 is closed at Mule Bridge. The fire is unstaffed.

Mary Fire: is located five miles south of Cecilville on the divide between the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests. It is estimated at 46 acres. Due to this fire being distant from private property or other values, it is a low priority for firefighting resources and is currently unstaffed. 0% containment.

Grizzly Fire: is located four miles southeast of Petersburg. It is estimated to be 66 acres. It is at 80% containment. Crews continue to mop up.

Pointers Fire: is located below the Pacific Crest Trail three miles north of Etna Summit and is unstaffed. It is 2.5 acres, 100% contained.

Garden Fire: is located four miles east of Petersburg, entirely in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area. Crews are mopping up the fire 100-200 feet in from the fire perimeter.  The fire is at 183 acres and 100% containment.

Residents in Ft. Jones can expect to see smoke for the   several days, as smoke from this complex and surrounding fires continue to affect the area.  A daily Air Quality Report is posted on the fire Inciweb page.

Please continue to be careful with fire, and remember, “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.” For more information see http://www.readyforwildfire.org/One-Less-Spark-Campaign/ .
For updated fire information, please visit InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/
For updated smoke forecasts, please visit http://bit.ly/2uSYloh

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Klamath National Forest: Salmon-August Complex Update

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Salmon-August Complex Update
August 15, 2017

                       Date Started: August 10, 2017                                  Total Size: 1,986 acres
                           Cumulative Containment: 20%                   Total Personnel: 242
Operational update: This complex of six fires is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team.

Wallow Fire: is located near Bear Wallow Peak in the Marble Mountain Wilderness. It is burning in very steep and rocky terrain. Crews are scouting and identifying areas to suppress the fire. A dozer and an excavator are working on improving access on private roads adjacent to the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Additional crews are being shuttled in to this incident today. It is currently 273 acres. It is at 0% containment.
Island Fire: is three miles west of the Wallow, at 1473 acres. It is creeping and smoldering, and is being monitored by air resources.
Pointers Fire: is located below the Pacific Crest Trail three miles north of Etna Summit. It is 2 ½ acres, and it is at 75% containment. An engine crew has hiked in to this fire and is putting hand line around it. Full containment is estimated to occur today on this fire.
Mary Fire: is located five miles south of Cecilville on the divide between the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests. It is estimated at 20 acres. Due to this fire being distant from private property or other values, it is a low priority for firefighting resources and is currently unstaffed. 0% containment.
Grizzly Fire: is located four miles southeast of Petersburg. It is estimated to be 35 acres. It is at 0% containment. Nine smokejumpers and a 20 person crew are constructing containment line around the fire. An additional Interagency Hotshot Crew will be flown in today to assist with line construction.
Garden Fire: is located four miles east of Petersburg, entirely in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area. It is 183 acres. Crews are constructing hand line around the fire. The fire is at 75% containment. Estimated full containment is for 8/16.

Residents in Ft. Jones can expect to see smoke for the next several days, as smoke from this complex and surrounding fires continue to affect the area. A daily Air Quality Report is posted on the fire Inciweb page.
Please continue to be careful with fire, and remember, “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.” For more information see http://www.readyforwildfire.org/One-Less-Spark-Campaign/ .

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Klamath National Forest: Cedar Fire Update

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 August 12, 2017

Happy Camp, CA – August 12, 2017 – The Cedar Fire, which started by lightning on August 8, is burning near the Cedar/Thompson Creek confluence, about eight miles northwest of Seiad Valley.  The fire is estimated at 400 acres.

Priority indirect containment lines on the south and west sides of the fire are complete or are expected to be completed by this evening.  Forest Road 19N01, the Thompson Ridge Road, is being used as the western line.  A combination of reopened dozer lines and handline linking Tim’s Peak to Jackson Peak is the southern line. To the north, the Boundary Trail in the Red Butte Wilderness will be utilized.  On the east, a handline will be constructed along the prominent ridge north from Tim’s Peak to Fourmile Butte, to Figurehead Mountain, to Pyramid Peak, and tying into the Boundary Peak Trail. Specialized crews are needed to construct the eastern handline, so progress on this section will depend on their availability.

A warming and drying trend has begun, and no rain is predicted. The fire is expected to become more active and produce more smoke, which may affect Seiad Valley. A daily Air Quality Report for all large wildfires in northwest California is posted on the Cedar Fire https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5482/ ) Inciweb page.

Emergency closures for the Cedar Fire will be issued soon.  The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) will not be directly affected by road or trail closures, although other trails near the fire, including the Boundary Trail west of the junction with the PCT, will be closed to the public.

Northern California firefighters are working on numerous new lightning fires.  The public is urged to be especially careful with fire.  Remember ‘One less spark, one less wildfire.’  For more information see http://www.readyforwildfire.org/One-Less-Spark-Campaign/ .

Additional information about the Cedar Fire is available on the U.S. Forest Service – Klamath National Forest Facebook page, on Inciweb, and on bulletin boards in Happy Camp.  Information can also be obtained from the Happy Camp Ranger District at (530) 493-2243.

 

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Clear Fire Update

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August 12-13

Happy Camp, CA – August 12, 2017 – The Clear Fire, which started from lightning on July 25, is located about 7 miles southwest of Happy Camp.  The fire’s perimeter and size (6,553 acres) continue to be stable, with containment approaching 70%.  Containment lines are in various stages of mop up, patrol, or suppression repair status. Suppression repair includes chipping brush and tree limbs cut during line construction, and improving drainage on firelines and roads used for fighting the fire.  A short section of containment line in the southwestern tip of the fire is not yet complete, but the fire in that area is not active.  With most of the Clear Fire’s perimeter secure, some crews and equipment are being shifted to work on new lightning fires.

A warming and drying trend has begun, and no thunderstorm activity is predicted.  With this weather pattern, unburned pockets of vegetation inside the Clear Fire’s containment lines will likely be consumed at a greater rate, resulting in more smoke.  Morning and night air quality may deteriorate under calm conditions.  A daily Air Quality Report is posted on the Clear Fire (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5433/  Inciweb page.

In the interest of public safety, the Klamath National Forest has closed certain roads and trails through Emergency Order No. 17-05-796 in the Clear Fire area (also posted on the posted on the Clear Fire Inciweb page and on local access routes).   The public is urged to use caution when driving on local roads and Highway 96 due to a large amount of fire equipment in the area.

Northern California firefighters are working on numerous new lightning fires.  The public is urged to be especially careful with fire.  Remember ‘One less spark, one less wildfire.’  For more information see http://www.readyforwildfire.org/One-Less-Spark-Campaign/ .

Additional information about the Clear Fire is available on the U.S. Forest Service – Klamath National Forest Facebook page, on Inciweb, and on bulletin boards in Happy Camp.  Information can also be obtained from the Happy Camp Ranger District at (530) 493-2243.

 

 

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