August 6, 2015 Klamath National Forest Fire Update
Yreka, CA – No new lightning strikes were recorded on the Klamath National Forest last night. Crews made excellent progress containing all existing fires by end of shift yesterday. Heavy smoke in the air today is attributed to the complex fires burning nearby on the Six Rivers, Shasta-Trinity and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests.Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District: · Last night firefighters completed containment line all the way around the Five-Mile Fire, located on the Five and Ten Mile Divide on the east side of the Siskiyou Wilderness. Infrared mapping showed the Five-Mile Fire, at 52 acres, not 75 as estimated from the ground yesterday. Currently there are 30 firefighters on scene, holding control lines. · In the Oak Knoll area the Gulch Fire in Eliza Gulch in the Humbug drainage was contained at five acres. Salmon/Scott River Ranger District: · No new fires have been reported in the Salmon River area. · The Scott River area detected two new fires in the Wright’s Lake area. The Wright and the Big fires were about ½ mile apart, burning near the Big Meadows/Boulder Peak area five miles or so south of the Jones Beach area on the Scott River. They were both contained at less than a tenth of an acre. No new fires were reported by the Goosenest Ranger District. Lightning is expected to move across the east side of the Forest tonight.
Although these fires were lightning-caused many wildfires in California are caused by people; this means they can be prevented. Every preventable wildfire puts fire fighters and the public at risk and reduces the response capability of fire departments to respond to the next fire. 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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