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Salmon-August Complex Update 9-21-17

FIRES, Forestry & USFS

September 21, 2017

Date Started: August 20, 2017                Total Size: 65,874 acres
Cumulative Containment: 60%                   Total Personnel: 745

Operational update: Yesterday, firefighters were successful repairing all the fireline in the area of the Kidder spot on the Wallow Fire of the Salmon August Complex, just southwest of Greenview, CA off of the Kidder Road. Additionally, crews from the area north of Whiskey Butte to the area of Knudson Bar were monitoring the fire perimeter and mopping up any areas of heat or burning material along the edge of the fire.  There was a report of smoke late in the afternoon, but fire officials confirmed that the source was from larger diameter fuels burning within the interior of the Wallow Fire.  Since the Great Basin Incident Management Team 7 assumed command of the Salmon August Complex, more than 100,000-feet of fire hose (approximately 19-miles worth) have been removed from the fireline as it is no longer needed for suppression or repair efforts. Crews will continue work to repair the fireline by installing waterbars for drainage. Water moving down trails slows down when it contacts waterbars and is directed off the repaired trail.

The 217-acre Deep Fire is being monitored and firefighters are working to assure the fire is contained and any spread is minimized. Repair efforts around the Deep Fire are ongoing as crews work to rehabilitate the fireline to prevent future erosion from heavy rains and snowfall.

Currently, there are no evacuations in effect for communities near the Salmon August Complex. With snow and anticipated wet weather on the way, the Klamath National Forest has removed the closure order for the Salmon August Complex effective immediately. Recreationists to the area should use caution as firefighters, and heavy equipment are working around the fire perimeter. The recent fire activity in the area has burned into timber stands. Many tree hazards will be obvious as they will display signs of damage (loss of needles, hanging limbs, leaning trunks). Some trees in such steep terrain are shallow rooted and may appear healthy but can be as just as deadly.  Just a small amount of rainfall can loosen the soil requiring little wind to cause a tree to fall.
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The California National Army demobilized from the Salmon August Complex yesterday to ready themselves to be of service elsewhere. Their efforts on the fire contributed to removal of 78,000-feet of hose, 74,000-feet of roadside slash removal, and water bars installed along 31,000-feet of fireline, for a total of 7000 work hours

Wallow Fire: 65,875 acres; 60% containment. Fire fighters will continue to monitor and repair the fire perimeter and mop up any areas of concern.

Deep Fire: Approximately 217 acres; 70% containment. Fire fighters will continue to monitor the fire perimeter and mop up any areas of concern.

Fourth Fire: One quarter (.25) acre; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.

Claire Fire: One Tenth (.10) acre; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.

Mary Fire: 91 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.

Rush Fire: 3 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstafffed, but will continue to be monitored.

Grizzly Fire: 90 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.

Garden Fire: 266 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.

Bingham Fire: 0.13 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.

Blaine Fire: 1 – 3 Acres; unknown containment.  Aircraft provided retardant and water drops yesterday.  Smokejumpers will staff the fire today.

Residents within Siskiyou County will continue to experience smoke impacts from this complex and surrounding fires.  A daily Air Quality Report is posted on the fire’s Inciweb page. For updated smoke forecasts, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/2uSYloh

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

For evacuation information, please visit CODE RED: http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system
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KNF: Closure Order Lifted for Salmon August Complex

FIRES, Forestry & USFS

September 20, 2017

YREKA, CA. – The emergency closure for the area affected by the Salmon August Complex has been lifted—effective September 21, 2017.  “We are able to re-open this part of the Klamath National Forest because of reduced fire activity and hard work of the firefighters” stated Forest Supervisor Patricia Grantham. Forest visitors are urged to be extra careful because of fire weakened trees as well as loosened debris on steep slopes. Intermittent closures may be required along the Pacific Crest and Mule Bridge Trails as hazard reduction treatment is completed.

As fire conditions permit additional emergency closures are expected to be opened in the near future. Notices will be posted in news releases, on Inciweb and the Klamath National Forest web site.

The Salmon August Complex is currently at 65,874 acres and 55% contained. The southern boundary of the affected area parallels the Sawyers Bar Road along the North Fork Salmon River. From the southern boundary the affected area projected about 12 miles north into the Marble Mountain Wilderness.  A full description and maps of the affected area is available on the Klamath National Forest website www.fs.usda.gov/klamath).

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USFS: Fall Burns Planned to Reduce Hazardous Fuels and Improve Forest Health

FIRES, Forestry & USFS

September 20, 2017

Yreka, CA

Although still engaged in the latter portion of the 2017 fire season, the Klamath National Forest would like our cooperators and public to know we are beginning preparations for fall prescribed burning. The 2017 fire season provided significant firefighting challenges.  In order to meet future challenges in the most effective way possible, the Forest will continue to use prescribed burning as a tool in our mission to reduce build-up of hazardous fuels, restore forest ecosystems, and improve resiliency and safety of communities within the wildland urban interface.
Planned projects include burning piles of stacked materials and low to moderate intensity understory burns of vegetation on the forest floor. The main goals of these projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires and provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface. In addition, the burns will promote a diverse and more resilient forest, and improve habitat for wildlife.
The burns will take place on the Salmon/Scott River, Happy Camp/Oak Knoll and Goosenest Ranger Districts between now and June 2018. The actual dates of ignition will depend on local weather and fuel conditions.
All prescribed fire projects will be conducted in accordance with an approved burn plan to ensure the safety of people and property in the area. Burn plans describe the specific conditions under which burns will be conducted including the weather, number of personnel, and opportunities to minimize smoke impacts.
Visitors are asked to avoid areas where prescribed burns are being conducted. Some spur roads near the burn areas may be inaccessible during operations. As a result of the burns, some residents and visitors may see or smell smoke. They may also witness glowing from the fires at night. People should not be alarmed; the fires will be carefully monitored. Local authorities will be notified prior to burn days and kept informed throughout burning operations.
Following is a list of prescribed fire projects (with acreage and locations) currently planned for this fall, winter and spring:

Goosenest Ranger District

  • Tennant – 653 acres of understory burning approximately one mile east of the community of Tennant. This project is designed to reduce hazardous fuels in order to protect Tennant and other private lands from wildland fires as well as to improve wildlife habitat.

  • Lookout – 582 acres of understory burning on and around Lookout Butte, approximately four miles north of Medicine Lake.

  • First Creek912 acres of understory burning between Goosenest Mountain and Little Deer Mountain, approximately two miles north of Grass Lake.

  • Jones -168 acres of understory burning on the lower northeast slope of Goosenest Mountain. This project is designed to reduce hazardous fuels, enhance wildlife habitat, promote Baker Cypress regeneration, and protect adjacent private lands from future wildland fires.

  • Pile Burning –Approximately 2,000 acres at various locations throughout the district of piled slash from fuel reduction and vegetation management projects.

For more information contact Fuels Technician Brandon Dethlefs at (530)398-5727

Salmon River Division

  • Salmon River Site Preparation (Salmon Salvage and Butler Piles)–  406 acres of understory burning for site preparation in areas burned in the 2013 Forks Complex Fire approximately 3 miles west of Sawyers Bar, CA (Kelly Gulch & Little North Fork areas).

  • Sawyers Bar Fuels Reduction– 40 acres of understory burning directly north of Sawyers Bar, CA.  Prescribed burns will occur on the south face of Tanner’s peak, in areas not affected by the 2013 or 2014 complex wildfires.

  • Petersburg Fuels Reduction– 1,471 acres of understory burning directly southeast of Cecilville.

  • Additional Pile Burning– Approximately 1,120 acres in the following areas: Music Creek (400 acres), Whites Gulch (200 acres), Sawyers Bar Road between Whites Gulch and China Creek–including Idlewild Campground (100 acres), Six Mile Road (120 acres), Petersburg Pines Project south of Cecilville (150 acres), and in the Butler fire area approximately 3 miles South and East of Forks of Salmon (150 acres).

For more information contact Fuels Specialist Ron McEwen at 530-468-1271.

Scott River Division

  • Scott Bar Mountain Underburn– Approximately 1500 acres near Jones Beach and Beauty Flat west of Fort Jones, CA.  Re-entry prescribed underburn initiating taking several years to complete

  • Jack250 acres prescribed burning of logging slash from Jack Conventional and Jack Helicopter timber sales.  Areas include Jackson and Grizzly Creek near Camp Eden and 3 Sugar Creek Units on road 41N14 road.

  • McBaldy250 acres of prescribed fire underburning in the Deadwood Baldy Peak area.

  • Pile Burning-Approximately 1,200 acres across the Scott River Fire Division: 388 acres along the Scott River WUI, 145 acres in Westside Fire Recovery, 71 acres in the Tennessee Thin and Stradler project, and 93 acres in the Singleton project. 503 acres of landing piles from various locations on the district (Collins ridge, lake mountain, whiskey butte, Singleton Timber Sale)

For more information contact Fuels Specialist Josh Schmalenberger (530) 468-5351.

Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District

  • Walker Site Prep – 1700 acres, broadcast, jackpot piles, South of Slinkard Peak. Treatment of post-fire and salvage generated slash for reforestation in a portion of 2014 Happy Camp complex.

  • Jackson Peak Underburn – 1900 acres, underburn, north of Slater Butte Lookout, surrounding Jackson Peak.

  • Happy Camp Cultural Burns – Four acres, underburn, north of Happy Camp, in and near West Branch Campground.

  • Mt Ashland LSR – 600 acres, hand piles, 450 acres landing piles– units are spread from Siskiyou Gap to Four Corners to Beaver Creek Education Center.

  • Dutch Dog Unit 5 -100 acres, understory burn (possibly with piles along control lines) – FS Road 40S01/FS Road 12/FS Road 46N42.

  • Roadside Pile Burning -Various roadside piles from woodcutters, vegetation management, and road maintenance – a number of acres throughout district.

  • Machine Pile Burning – 230 acres, machine piles, in the Doolittle, Sutcliffe and Seider timber sales, and along dozer lines created during the Happy Camp Complex, located throughout the district.

  • Additional Hand Pile Burning– Approximately 1000 acres located throughout the District.

For more information contact Fuels Specialist Matt Watson at (530) 465-1520.

 

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Action Alert — help fight WOTUS Waters of the U.S. rule

Federal gov & land grabs, Property rights, Water rights, Water, Resources & Quality

From California Farm Bureau Federation

September 20, 2017

Your Comments are Needed to Help DITCH the RULE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers published a proposed rule to withdraw the 2015 waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The agencies need your input as part of the first step to revise the currently harmful definition of “waters of the United States.”

Fortunately, the 2015 WOTUS rule was never implemented because it was temporarily halted by federal courts. However, these court orders are temporary. We strongly support the current proposal to permanently eliminate the 2015 WOTUS rule, and now we must ensure a WOTUS definition that protects water quality without asserting federal regulatory power over puddles in farm fields.

Supporting the proposal to eliminate the 2015 WOTUS rule is essential for California farmers and ranchers. The 2015 rule has the potential to:

  • Create unnecessary regulatory burdens for farmers, ranchers, and others who depend on their ability to work the land

  • Increase costs for farmers, ranchers and others

  • Produce unfair confusion and uncertainty

Send your comments to the agencies TODAY to support the repeal of the illegal 2015 WOTUS rule. Comments are due by Wednesday, September 27.

In addition to providing written comments, the agencies will be holding a series of webinars to hear from stakeholders on recommendations to revise the definition of WOTUS. The agriculture industry webinar will take place on Tuesday, October 17.

Information on how to register is available on the EPA website. Registration for the webinar will close a week prior. Individuals or organizations wishing to provide verbal recommendations during the webinar will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information visit the Federal Register Notice or Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203.

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Great Town Hall by Congressman Doug LaMalfa 9-18-17

Doug LaMalfa Congressman CA

More than 200 people attended the Town Hall held Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center in Yreka. It started at 5:30 p.m. with a rousing prayer for blessings and peace from Carol Crebbin; and Fred Scott led the Pledge of Allegiance — then asked all veterans to stand for a “thank you” for their service.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa had just returned from a tour of the Salmon-August Fire Complex that threatened the towns of Sawyers Bar, Etna and the Scott Valley floor. Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5, Ray Haupt, was able to organize the tour with Klamath National Forest Supervisor Patty Grantham, Ecotrust Forest Management with manager Steve Ziegler and other state and government agencies.

4-wheelers were used to ride up to the top of Patterson Creek, where they saw much more damage and blackened trees than was expected. The inversion air layer had kept the smoke on the ground for days and weeks, making it difficult to know how extensive the fires were.

So, once again, the congressman stressed the need to prevent the catastrophic fires by thinning our over-grown forests and doing a much better job of creating healthy forests.

He then took questions and comments from the audience. Much of the discussion centered on health care. A significant number of people were there with red and green 8×10 pieces of paper. When the congressman said something they agreed with, the green paper went up. When they were opposed, the red paper went up.

There was also discussion on marijuana, his business as a rice farmer and the U.N.

Even tho there were some groans and also applause, the crowd kept itself within respectful bounds for the most part.

Siskiyou County should be proud for the congressman was able to talk, discuss and even disagree without being treated harshly or rudely!

— Editor Liz Bowen

 

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Liz Writes Life 9-19-17

Liz Writes Life

September 19, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

It was nice to enjoy the beginnings of autumn, last week, with the mornings turning cooler. Several folks reported frost or 30 degrees here in the valley, but 36 degrees was the lowest at our place. The actual fall equinox is this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. The light drizzle on Monday morning and more predicted rains this week will, hopefully, continue to cool the fires. The numbers of firefighters have already been reduced by nearly half in our local Salmon-August Complex.

Now is the iffy time for our gardens. The chance of frost increases after a drizzle or rain. Then warmer daytime temps are forecast for the next week. So it comes down to what we want to protect or may continue to pump out goodies for us. Our concord grapes are ripe and have more flavor after September cold nights. Some nice-sized pumpkins have turned orange and the sunflowers look like they are mature. The end-of-garden-season is upon us.

I counted the 2015 and 2016 jars of tomatoes and decided I must use those up and won’t can tomatoes this year. I do need to get three more batches of Green Tomato Sweet Relish made this week. We ate the last of the second crop of corn. It was pretty light, but I did freeze three more pint bags for winter enjoyment.

I ran into Jeanette Harris at Mean Gene’s last week and we chatted garden. Her pickup was filled with pumpkins (I noticed a watermelon or two as well). She was going to set up their pumpkin wagon – making it officially fall. Jeanette said the strawberries didn’t produce very well this year or else something was eating them. We have both noticed fewer bees this year. I know some beekeepers lost their hives last winter and that isn’t good.

Then Jeanette said the raspberries at their U-Pick or We Pick Berries (at their California Heritage Farms on Eastside Road) were still producing. I love raspberries and hadn’t gotten over there in August, so I decided to go pick berries on Saturday and ended up with four pounds. Not bad. Oh, it seems to be an off-year for blackberries as they are small and not plentiful.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Bring a dessert to share, if you can.

FlixxFest

The Jefferson Stat FlixxFest begins this Thursday, Sept. 21 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. It is hosted by The REC in Fort Jones and a whole bunch of films will be shown. On Sunday, the venue moves to the Avery Memorial Theater in downtown Etna for several hours of children’s films. For more info and to purchase tickets call 530-468-2888.

The real bias

Sure was great to hear that the last part of the biased civil lawsuits brought against Siskiyou Co. Clerk Colleen Setzer and Sheriff Jon Lopey were dropped. The last few cases of action were actually thrown-out by the judge “with prejudice,” which means the same complaints can’t be brought again.

A big thank you goes to our county supervisors, who stayed the course in fighting this intimidating and evil civil suit.

It was brought by 10 Hmong residents, pushed by ACLU, who recently bought unincorporated land in Siskiyou County. The lawsuit named Jesse Vang and nine co-plaintiffs, who claimed they were subjected to election improprieties and discrimination. Pier 5 is a law firm in San Francisco that pled their case. Pier 5 specializes in legal action in behalf of cannabis producers. Yep, you get the picture of the real bias.

The suit was brought last September 2016 after the Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office asked Sheriff Lopey to provide protection to his investigators, when they began checking residents’ addresses on the voter fraud issue. County Clerk Setzer had noticed an unusual number of new voters were using addresses from unincorporated areas where there were no homes or even infrastructure to build homes. Following state election code mandates, she reported her concerns to the CA. Sec. of State’s office, which then handles these situations. The really sad part was that Sec. Padilla acted as if Siskiyou acted on its own. It had not. His office was the lead agency investigating voter fraud.

Numerous news articles by state-wide and national newspapers slammed Siskiyou County for racism and bias against the Hmong. To make matters worse, the Hmong suggested Siskiyou Sheriff Lopey only targeted them when taking out illegal marijuana grows. That was not the case as there are other ethnic and, even, white people that are busted.

I asked Sheriff Lopey how he felt – being exonerated. This is what he said:

It is very satisfying to know we have a federal court and judges that still uphold the rule of law and support a local jurisdiction’s right and obligation to protect its citizenry. Judge Mendez looked at the facts and evidence and rejected the lies, emotions, and suppositions of illegal drug traffickers.

When this lawsuit started (alone with the SAM lawsuit that followed) there were well-financed groups that literally attempted to stop us from enforcing the law and they further wanted to harm the county fiscally by filing these lawsuits, banking on the supposition that the huge profits from illegal drug trafficking could be leveraged to corrupt us or influence a lack of action.

The big winners are the county leaders, whose courage and determination to fight this illegal drug trade prevailed, but more importantly the greatest recipients of this decision are the great citizens of Siskiyou County harmed the most from this illicit drug trade.  Additionally, our environment, water, and other natural resources will be better protected and our children better safeguarded from the proliferation of illegal cannabis.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her websites: Pie N Politics.com and Liz Bowen.com or call her at 530-467-3515.

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California wants millions to fund water project

CA Farm Water Coalition, California water

California wants millions to fund water project

Associated Press

Dozens of water agencies and millions of families and farmers would be on the hook for building two giant tunnels to carry Northern California’s water southward under new plans to shore up funding for Gov. Jerry Brown’s $16 billion project.

The proposal that expands who pays for the state’s biggest water project in more than a half-century could mean higher rates for millions of Californians who already get the precious resource through the complex state and federal systems of aqueducts, pumps, canals and dams. (Coalition note: This is a slightly updated version of the AP article that appeared in yesterday’s News Line.)

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Salmon-August Complex Update 9-19-17

FIRES, Forestry & USFS

September 19, 2017

Date Started: August 13, 2017                Total Size: 65,893 acres
Cumulative Containment: 50%                   Total Personnel: 814

Operational update: Cooler temperatures yesterday gave firefighters a bit of an advantage on the fires of the Salmon-August Complex. On the east side of the Wallow fire, approximately 10-miles from the community of Greenview, CA, the fireline construction is completed, but many things remain to be done to make the fireline “safe” and put the fire out close to the containment lines. This work is called mopup. The objective of mopup is to put out all fire embers or sparks to prevent them from crossing the fireline. Today crews will be mopping up on the north side of the fire near Cabin Creek, and on the east side of the fire approximately 6-miles northeast of Etna, CA. Firefighters are patrolling north and south of Whiskey Butte and putting water on hot spots along the area adjacent to the line to be certain no fire can blow, spot, or rollover the fireline under the worst possible conditions anticipated. Firefighters are also continuing work on the fireline three and a half miles north of Sawyers Bar.

On the Deep Fire, the firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the approximately 200-acre fire. There is containment line around most of the fire. The northern and southern portion will not have a fireline dug around it as crews will use the rocks and cliffs as a natural barrier to contain the fire.

Currently, there are no evacuations in effect for communities near the Salmon August Complex.

A forest closure order is in effect for the portions of Marble Mountain Wilderness until the fire is declared out. The Pacific Crest Trail No. 2000 (Pacific Crest Trail) is included in the new closure from the intersection with Forest Trail No. 5545 (Kidder Creek Trail) to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5542 (Shackleford Trail). Details of closure points can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/#

Wallow Fire: 65,893 acres; 50% containment.  Fire fighters will continue to construct and improve lines near Cabin Gulch.

Deep Fire: Approximately 217 acres; 50% containment.  Fire fighters will continue to construct and improve containment line.

Fourth Fire: One quarter (.25) acre; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.

Claire Fire: One Tenth (.10) acre; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.

Mary Fire: 91 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.

Rush Fire: 3 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstafffed, but will continue to be monitored.

Grizzly Fire: 90 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.

Garden Fire: 266 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.

Bingham Fire: 0.13 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.

Blaine Fire: 1 – 3 Acres; unknown containment.  Aircraft provided retardant and water drops yesterday.  Smokejumpers will staff the fire today.

Residents within Siskiyou County will continue to experience smoke impacts from this complex and surrounding fires.  A daily Air Quality Report is posted on the fire’s Inciweb page. For updated smoke forecasts, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/2uSYloh

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

For evacuation information, please visit CODE RED: http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system
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Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire Update 9-19-17

FIRES, Forestry & USFS

September 19, 2017
Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests

Light Patchy Rain Over the Eclipse Complex Aids Firefighters

Eclipse Complex Acres:  100,065 acres                           Containment: 45%
Cedar Fire:  9,122 Acres                                                     Oak Fire:  89,684 acres
Little Buck Fire: 113 acres                                                  Abney Fire Acres on Klamath NF: 9,500 acres
Cause:  Lightning                                                                 Total personnel:  650

The Eclipse Complex is being managed with a confine and contain strategy.  This means some areas are contained by firefighters “going direct” and actively engaging with fire to contain it – a high risk but necessary activity to protect high-value resources, homes, private property and infrastructure.  Fire is being confined in other areas by using natural barriers, roads or previously burned areas to limit spread.  This is basically using the right tactic in the right place to maximize firefighter safety and minimize natural resource damage from suppression activities such as soil erosion from dozer lines, etc.

One safety order for wildland firefighters is to have escape routes and safety zones always ready and identified in case fire does something unexpected.  This is good wildland firefighting practice.  It also applies to any other risky situation, such as heavy rainfall out on the line.  You may hear firefighters talk about having escape routes and safety zones ready; under the current conditions, it may apply to either fire or heavy rain conditions.

Cool temperatures and light rainfall have moderated fire behavior across the Eclipse Complex.  The focus areas continue to be the west side of the Oak Fire along the Smith River drainage and the east side of the Abney Fire along the Horse Creek drainage.

Oak Fire: The fire was active again yesterday along the northwest side, near the intersection of Forest Roads 16N71 and 16N02 burning up to Blue Ridge at low intensity.  Fire continues to burn gently on the southwest perimeter in Harrington Creek, moving to the west but is staying on the east side of the Smith River drainage burning at low intensity.  Acreage increases of the Eclipse Complex are in this area.

Little Buck Fire:  There was no change from yesterday.  It smoked from interior burning and not moved or increased in size. Firefighters are continuing to watch this fire, and will use water drops and retardant should it move.

Abney Fire (Miller Complex section located on the Klamath National Forest):  Containment lines are complete from the south end up to Goodbye Drainage, a tributary to the West Fork of Seiad Creek and are holding.  In Horse Creek on the east side, firefighters continued to “go direct” and work on snags falling across Horse Creek.  Firefighters continue to work carefully in this area today.

Other Fires in the Complex:  All of the smaller fires are completely out and no new ones were found.  Cedar Fire containment lines are holding with smoke observed in its interior and northern perimeter.

For residents of Seiad Valley and Horse Creek, please make sure you are registered with CodeRed.  You will be notified when the evacuations warnings if you are in this system.

The Evacuation Warning for Seiad Valley and Horse Creek area remains in place. Local officials are continuously evaluating as to when the Warning level may be lifted.  The Evacuation Warning for Happy Camp has been lifted.  To register for CodeRed, go to:  www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system.

While there are no current evacuations in Del Norte County due to the Eclipse Complex, residents are encouraged to utilize the Del Norte Community Alert System to remain informed about issues that may affect local safety. Go to preparedelnorte.com to sign up.

Fire Area Closure Orders:  Closures have been executed for roads and trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail, near many of the wildfires, closing them to public entry to provide for safety. Additional information about the closures and fires is available on Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5511 and at key locations in Happy Camp, Seiad Valley and Gasquet.

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To view a PDF of this release, click here.
To view a public information map of this complex, click here.
To view a smoke forecast for today, click here.

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Interior chief urges shrinking 4 national monuments in West

Dept. of INTERIOR, Federal gov & land grabs, Zinke - DOI Sec 2017

PNP comment: This is unexpectedly great news!!! — Editor Liz Bowen

Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Associated Press•September 18, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size, potentially opening up hundreds of thousands of acres of land revered for natural beauty and historical significance to mining, logging and other development.

Zinke’s recommendation, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, prompted an outcry from environmental groups who promised to take the Trump administration to court to block the moves.

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The Interior secretary’s plan would scale back two huge Utah monuments — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante — along with Nevada’s Gold Butte and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou. The monuments encompass more than 3.6 million acres — an area larger than Connecticut — and were created by Democratic administrations under a century-old law that allows presidents to protect sites considered historic, geographically or culturally important.

Zinke’s plan also would allow logging at a newly designated monument in Maine and urges more grazing, hunting and fishing at two sites in New Mexico. It also calls for a new assessment of border-safety risks at a monument in southern New Mexico.

Bears Ears, designated for federal protection by former President Barack Obama, totals 1.3 million acres in southeastern Utah on land that is sacred to Native Americans and home to tens of thousands of archaeological sites, including ancient cliff dwellings. Grand Staircase-Escalante, in southern Utah, includes nearly 1.9 million acres in a sweeping vista larger than the state of Delaware. Republicans have howled over the monument since its creation in 1996 by former President Bill Clinton.

Cascade-Siskiyou, which juts into Northern California, protects about 113,000 acres in an area where three mountain ranges converge, while Gold Butte protects nearly 300,000 acres of desert landscapes that feature rock art, sandstone towers and wildlife habitat for bighorn sheep and the threatened Mojave Desert tortoise.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the 19-page memo, which was submitted to the White House last month and has not been officially released.

Two marine monuments in the Pacific Ocean also would be reduced under Zinke’s memo, and a third monument off the Massachusetts coast would be modified to allow commercial fishing. Commercial fishing also would be allowed at two Pacific sites, west of Hawaii and near American Samoa.

President Donald Trump ordered a review of 27 sites earlier this year after complaining about a “massive land grab” by Obama and other former presidents.

FILE – This May 23, 2016, file photo, shows the northernmost boundary of the proposed Bears Ears region, along the Colorado River, in southeastern Utah. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, along with management changes to several other sites. A leaked memo from Zinke to President Donald Trump recommends that two Utah monuments — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante — be reduced, along with Nevada’s Gold Butte and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

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“It’s gotten worse and worse and worse, and now we’re going to free it up, which is what should have happened in the first place. This should never have happened,” Trump said in ordering the review in April.

National monument designations add protections for lands known for their natural beauty with the goal of preserving them for future generations. The restrictions aren’t as stringent as for national parks, but include limits on mining, timber cutting and recreational activities such as riding off-road vehicles.

No president has tried to eliminate a monument, but boundaries have been trimmed or redrawn 18 times, according to the National Park Service.

Zinke’s recommendations to pare down the four Western monuments — and allow more economic activity at three other sites — “represent an unprecedented assault on our parks and public lands” by the Trump administration, said Jamie Williams, president of the Wilderness Society.

“This callous proposal will needlessly punish local, predominantly rural communities that depend on parks and public lands for outdoor recreation, sustainable jobs and economic growth,” Williams said, vowing to challenge in court any actions by the Trump administration to reduce the size of national monuments.

It was not clear from the memo how much energy development would be allowed on the sites recommended for changes, but Zinke said in the report that “traditional uses of the land such as grazing, timber production, mining, fishing, hunting, recreation and other cultural uses are unnecessarily restricted.”

Those restrictions especially harm rural communities in western states that have traditionally benefited from grazing, mining and logging, said Zinke, a former Montana congressman.

“Zinke claims to follow Teddy Roosevelt, but he’s engineering the largest rollback of public land protection in American history,” said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, another environmental group.

A spokeswoman for Zinke referred questions to the White House, which said in a statement that it does not comment on leaked documents.

If Trump adopts the recommendations, it would quiet some of the worst fears of his opponents, who warned that vast public lands and marine areas could be lost to states or private interests.

But significant reductions in the size of the monuments, especially those created by Obama, would mark the latest in a string of actions where Trump has sought to erode his Democratic predecessor’s legacy.

The recommendations cap an unprecedented four-month review based on Trump’s claim that 1906 Antiquities Act has been misused by recent presidents to create oversized monuments that hinder energy development, grazing and other uses.

By sealing off more than 3 million acres in solidly Republican Utah, Obama and Clinton hurt local economies in rural areas that depend on logging and ranching, said Matt Anderson of the conservative Sutherland Institute.

“It begs the question: Are these expansions more about ulterior motives like climate change, presidential legacies, corporate interests like outdoor recreation companies, or are they about antiquities?” Anderson asked.

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Associated Press writers Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City and Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, N.M., contributed to this story.

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