Aug 31, 2014
At approximately 3:00 p.m. Mr. Keith Hoover and Ms. Julie Swisher was located on the Azalea Trail in the Applegate Lake area. Mr. Hoover was unable to make the hike out and was airlifted by Brim Aviation. Ms. Swisher was evaluated on scene and released.
A full press release will be issued in the morning as more information becomes available. If you have any question please contact me at (530) 859-5655.
Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office
305 Butte Street
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 842-8303 – phone
Aug 31, 2014
Size: 62,626 acres total for the complex
Containment: 15 percent for the complex
Date Started: August 11, 2014
Estimated Containment Date: September 8, 2014
Estimated Cost to Date: $31.9 million
Total Personnel: 2,116
Committed Resources: 52 crews, 19 helicopters, 137 engines, 18 dozers, 26 water tenders
There will be a community meeting this afternoon in Fort Jones at the community center at 4 p.m. today.
Traffic Control: Highway 96 remains open. However, traffic control began this weekend. The area involved is from the intersection of Highway 96 and Scott River Road to Walker Creek Bridge. Expect some delays as pilot cars will assist with safe movement in and around firefighters and equipment. These measures will be in place for the next several days or as long as fire and smoke conditions dictate.
All Evacuation orders remain in effect for the below areas. People in areas under mandatory evacuation should be aware they may not be able to reenter the evacuation area until fire danger has passed. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department will be patrolling 24 hours in the evacuated areas.
Due to increased fire activity of the Happy Camp Complex, the following evacuation orders are currently in effect:
• Scott River Road from Bridge Flat to the intersection of Hwy. 96
• All areas south of Hwy. 96 from Scott River Road down river to Cade Summit
• All areas north of Hwy. 96 between Scott River Road and Grider Creek
An evacuation center is located at Winema Hall at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds, 1712 Fairlane Road, Yreka. Both large and small animals will be accommodated at the Fairgrounds. Large animal transport can be arranged through the Sheriff’s Posse. Contact Jodi Aceves, (530) 340-2422 to arrange transport. For more information contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department at (530) 841-2900.
Fire Information: The Happy Camp Complex is now 62,626 acres with 15-percent containment. The Frying Pan and Faulkstein fires have merged into one; acres reported are for the entire Happy Camp Complex.
Personnel have increased almost 10 percent and there are now 137 engines and 19 helicopters assigned to this incident. No structures have been lost or damaged. Command of the complex will transition to California Team 3. Structure defense preparations and planning continue today. Resources are in place to engage as needed on Hwy 96 and Scott River Road. Approximately 695 homes are being threatened, and there are currently mandatory evacuations and advisories affecting approximately 250 homes. Additional evacuations may be necessary as the fire progresses.
People should exercise care when driving in smoky, low-visibility conditions.
Last night’s public meetings in Seiad and Happy Camp were both well attended.
Zone 2 (east side of fire): Firefighters continue to make progress creating containment lines around the fire. There should be cooler temperatures and light winds out of the northwest today. Smoke is predicted to remain over the fire and surrounding areas, which will impact firefighter’s efforts including the ability to use aircraft on the fire. The fire is expected to continue to spread north towards Hwy 96 and east toward Scott River Road and Middle Creek Meadows. Limited fire spread is predicted towards Packer Valley. Communities along Scott River Road and Hwy 96 continue to be threatened, including Seiad, Hamburg, Kelsey and Scott Bar areas.
Wildfire smoke on roads or in aviation corridors can place the public and firefighters at risk. Reduced visibility from smoke is especially a concern in the southeast where “whiteout” conditions are more likely when low wind speeds and high humidity are present.
Zone 1 (west side of fire): Yesterday, the fire was active on south and west facing slopes, but much less active on north and east facing terrain. Engines and crews are being deployed in a manner that makes them available for initial attack if the need arises. Crews continue mopping up to reduce the chance of the fire spreading further. They are also continuing to provide structure defense for properties at risk. Equipment has been prepositioned for immediate use should the need arise. The Zone 1 incident command post is located in Happy Camp.
Forest Closures and Restrictions: Roads, trails and lands within and adjacent to the Happy Camp and July complexes, as well as the Beaver Fire, are closed to protect public and firefighter safety. This includes those sections of the Pacific Crest Trail within closure areas. Maps and descriptions of closed areas are available at Klamath National Forest offices in Yreka, Fort Jones, Happy Camp and Macdoel. For details on this closure and other fire area closures, please see http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices. Approximately 75 percent of the 1.7 million acre Klamath National Forest remains open to forest adventures.
Weather and Fire Behavior: Today should be the beginning of another warming and drying trend as high pressure begins to develop over the region. Temperature could trend as much as 5-10 degrees warmer today. Light northerly winds are expected over the fire today. With more stable air the potential for large fire growth will be diminished. Poor visibility will limit air operations.
Safety: If heavy smoke is present, those who are more vulnerable should take precautions and avoid prolonged or heavy outside activity. Your own body and its response is the best indicator of the impact of smoke. People should keep in mind smoke impacts can change quickly. Sensitive or at-risk individuals may consider leaving the area when a long-durations smoky wildfire is forecasted. Individuals at risk should consult their healthcare provider for evaluation of their best course of action and protective measures. A Clean Air Respite Center is located at the Karuk Tribe Senior Nutrition Center in Happy Camp (64101 Second Avenue). The center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and will remain open longer if needed due to smoky conditions.
Air quality: Conditions will be similar to yesterday, however expect more smoke in communities west of the fires. Smoke should be pushed to the south in the morning hours and to the southeast by mid-afternoon. Today is forecasted to be warmer and drier which may increase fire activity and result in greater smoke production. For air-quality details, visit http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/
Aug 31, 2014
Date of Fire Start: July 31, 2014 Cause: Lightning Cost: $40.5M
Acreage/Containment: Whites: Fire 33,680 – 92%; Man Fire: 2,764 – 0%; Log Fire: 3,632 – 100%.
Resources: Total Personnel: 796 Hand Crews: 14 Engines: 29 Dozers: 7 Water Tenders: 23 Helicopters: 12
Whites Fire: Last night remained quiet over the fire. Today, firefighters will continue to work the more difficult areas to access west of Taylor Lake and north of Lower Russian Lake. Crews will continue with removal of hazard trees, rocks and rollout debris from areas adjacent to Sawyers Bar Road.
Firefighters are working with Klamath National Forest resource advisors to identify and repair areas affected by firefighting activities. This includes chipping material produced during fire line construction as well as identifying needs to construct erosion control measures along fire lines throughout the fire area. This work is approximately 50 percent completed.
Man Fire: Along the southern edge, the fire is bumping against an old burn scar in Wooley Creek and vegetation is sparse. On the west side, the fire continues to back slowly into Big Elk drainage. On the north edge of the fire, firefighters were able pick up and line approximately 50 small spot fires that had established over the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). On the eastern flank fire progress was held in check—aided by a decision the previous day to stage helicopters out of the smoke impacted base at Ft. Jones to an alternate site. This allowed helicopters to support fire suppression efforts on the Man Fire. Today, crews will re-engage where safe to anchor and flank the fire from PCT using air resources when visibility allows. Full suppression efforts include use of Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics—utilizing geographic features and natural barriers to reduce impacts on wilderness values.
Log Fire: Interior consumption of unburned vegetation will continue to produce smoke. Firefighters will continue with mop up and suppression repair efforts along the edge of the fire.
Fire Weather/Behavior: A low pressure trough moved through the fire area last night bringing a warming and drying trend through to Tuesday. Widespread smoke is expected over the fire in the afternoon. North winds are expected in the morning, transitioning to south winds later in the day, ranging from 3-8 mph with gusts to 20 mph. Temperatures are predicted to range from 74-87 degrees, with humidity at 14-25 percent.
Emergency Forest Closures: A number of Emergency Forest Closure Orders have been implemented for public and fire fighter safety. For details see http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices
Further Information: Evacuation orders, advisories and road closure information for the July Complex is available at www.fs.usda.gov/klamath, or www.co.siskiyou.ca.us or Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1snfZFQ
For smoke information: www.californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/
Aug 31, 2014
Photo by Marc Lester
Alaska Daily News
Scott Robb’s cabbage entry is carried into the ring for the competition by Boy Scouts from Palmer’s Troop 367. The Alaska State Fair Giant Cabbage Weigh-off attracted 22 entries on Friday, August 29, 2014. Steve Hubacek won the competition with a 117.95-pound cabbage.
Aug 31, 2014
Arctic meltdown a myth
Satellite images show summer ice cap actually thicker
Published: 4 hours ago
(DAILYMAIL) — The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’
Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.
But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.
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Aug 31, 2014
Height: 5’ 10”
Height: 6’ 1”
Last seen Tuesday at the Seattle Bar area of Applegate Lake with their black dog. They intended to hike to the Frog Pond Gulch trail and did not return on Friday.
If you see them, please call 9-1-1
Aug 31, 2014
***JULY COMPLEX EVACUATION ADVISORY LIFTED***
Effective 6 p.m August 31th, 2014, the Evacuation Advisory for the remaining two areas of
Mule Bridge and Taylor Lake has been lifted by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office as requested by the July Complex Incident Commander. The area’s described above is for all residents.
Areas of active, fire may exist in fire area. Fire activity will continue within the fire perimeter as unburned fuels burnout. Please remain vigilant and monitor official sources for updated fire information.
Klamath National Forest Fire Information Line: 530-841-4451
Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services: 530-841-2155
Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office: 530-841-2900
Health Issues: Limit prolonged outdoor activities in areas experiencing smoke from forest fires. The elderly, young children and people with asthma, chronic respiratory illness or heart disease may be particularly prone to adverse health effects from heavy smoke.or air quality updates, please visit the Siskiyou County Pollution Control District.
Fire crews and equipment will remain in the area. Please keep roadways clear; turn headlights on while driving and DO NOT stop or park along the roads to watch the fire or firefighting activities. Please do not disturb or attempt to operate firefighting equipment placed on your property.