Yreka, CA, July 6, 2015— Significant thunderstorms moved across the Klamath National Forest over the holiday weekend and resulted in at least six fires on the Forest. Four of these fires were located on Goosenest Ranger District in the Cedar Mountain/Wild Horse Mountain/Long Prairie area. The largest of these fires was less than one quarter acre. All four fires are now contained and controlled.
Two fires were reported on the Salmon Scott Ranger District. The Jackson Fire, low in the Jackson Creek drainage could not be located. The area took some heavy rain after the fire was spotted and firefighters and fire lookouts searched the area thoroughly. The other fire was reported at Salmon River in the headwaters of the South Fork in the Blind Horse/China Creek area which also received heavy rain.
The Klamath National Forest had all fire resources available this weekend as well as extra firefighting resources brought in from other areas in anticipation of the increased fire activity. On the Happy Camp Oak Knoll Ranger District firefighters extinguished a human caused fire in Lumgrey Creek that was contained at just under four acres.
Due to the extreme drought conditions that exist throughout the area, forest fuels are very receptive to fires started by lightning. Even with some areas getting a good wetting rain, the fuels dry out quickly and a small smoldering fire can quickly grow to a major fire.
Klamath National Forest Fire Chief Ed Guzman said “We are anticipating more weather like we've been having, but cooling down and bringing more rain with the lightning as the week rolls out. We plan to hold on to the extra firefighting resources we staffed over the holiday weekend until the end of the week so we can stay prepared for any new fire starts.”
Please remember that the Klamath National Forest remains under Fire Restrictions. Forest visitors should practice extra caution by extinguishing campfires (where allowed) until they are cold to the touch, dispose of cigarettes properly and be aware of anything that may cause a spark and ignite a wildfire. Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are not exempt from the prohibitions listed above. Persons holding a valid California Campfire Permit may use a portable contained gas or liquefied-petroleum lantern or stove with a fuel shut off valve. The discharge of fireworks is always prohibited on National Forest lands.
Last week Forest Supervisor Patricia Grantham said “It is imperative that we do what we can to raise public awareness of these unprecedented conditions and prevent any human-caused spark from igniting a wildfire this summer. There is zero risk to homes, firefighters, citizens, natural resources and communities, from the fire that never starts.”
To find out more about what you can do to prevent human caused, unwanted wildfires, please go to www.preventwildfireca.org
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