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Siskiyou County Sheriff Lifts All Mandatory and Advisory Evacuations
Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office News Release For Immediate Release: SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 09/16/2014 UPDATE Lifting all Mandatory and Advisory Evacuations ... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 3 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

41.796 latitude, -123.374 longitude

Incident Overview

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Both the Man Fire and the Happy Camp Fire are now managed by California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 as of 6:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Firefighters remain spiked out near Big Ridge to strengthen and hold the fireline from King’s Castle to Black Marble Mountain. Crews continue to patrol and mop up, focusing on repairing areas that were impacted during fire suppression efforts. A Task Force from the Happy Camp Complex is staged to assist in initial attack, in the event of any potential new starts on the Forest.

For the latest highway closure information, please contact the California Department of Transportation at 1-800-427-7623 or visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi .


The Klamath National Forest is under an emergency closure order in and around the Happy Camp Complex. More information is available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/klamath/

Code Red Emergency Alert System: Siskiyou County County residents are welcome and encouraged to enter their contact information for home, business, and mobile phones so they may be contacted by the system in the event of an emergency. It is important for city residents and businesses customers to register, especially if they use unlisted numbers, cell phones, or VOIP. Those who do not register their address and phone number may not be notified with CodeRED in the case of an emergency. Registration is confidential, free, and easy.

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. For details on fire area closures, please see http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

Safety: If heavy smoke is present, people who are more vulnerable should take precautions and avoid prolonged or heavy outside activity. People should keep in mind smoke conditions can change quickly. 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:

Click the link for the most recent air quality update.

Estimated Cost to Date: $80 million


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginTuesday August 12th, 2014 approx. 01:00 AM
LocationHappy Camp, CA
Incident CommanderRocky Opliger (CIIMT4)
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel1,332
Size125,788 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained68%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory), grass, brush and heavy downed material. Dense stands of mixed conifer are the dominant fuel source.

Significant Events

Scattered pockets of fuel continued to consume in the interior of the fire and some are exhibiting active fire behavior. Fire behavior elsewhere was relatively minimal, higher relative humidity and cloud cover moderated fire behavior.

Most of the northern portion of the Happy Camp Complex was in patrol, mop-up and suppression repair status.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Provide structure defense as necessary. Mop-up 100% around structures.

Suppress all spot fires aggressively, with direct attack whenever possible.

The north, west and east sides of the fire will continue patrol, mop-up and suppression repair actions. Surplus equipment and trash will be back-hauled. Suppression repair will be coordinated with READs.

On the south side of the fire, continue to hold and secure line on Big Ridge from H-5 south toward Black Marble Mountain and Marble Mountain. Patrol and mop-up from Paradise Lake east to DP-28.

Look for opportunities for direct suppression actions on the southwest side of the fire.

Remarks

As of 0600 on 9/17/14, the Man Fire is now part of the Happy Camp Complex. The acreage from the Man Fire is now included in the total for the complex.

There is a public meeting in Happy Camp on 9/17/14 and Orleans on 9/19/14.

CIIMT4 is working closely with all stakeholders regarding community needs, evacuations, and long range planning for suppression efforts. The Happy Camp Complex is responsible for initial attack within the Happy Camp Complex TFR.

The Klamath National Forest is under an emergency closure order in and around the Happy Camp Complex. More information is available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/klamath/

The acres recorded in block 7 are the cumulative acres for all 18 fires in the Happy Camp Complex.

The following 15 fires in the Happy Camp Complex: Kemper (185 acres); Delta (150 acres); Jackson (29 acres); Sutcliffe (27 acres); Thompson (17 acres); Tims (13 acres); Ranch (6 acres); Huckleberry (5 acres); Bear (4 acres); China (3 acres); Mill (2 acres); Luther 1 (.4 acres); El Capitan (.2 acres); Luther 2 (.1 acres); and Noranda (.1 acres) are now declared CONTROLLED.

The 441.8 acres for these fires, the 5,225 acre Falkstein Fire, the 13,110 acre Man Fire, and all acres of the Frying Pan fire are

INCLUDED in the complex total.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today 9/17: Increased mid and upper level cloud cover today ahead of an approaching front with a few showers to the west of the incident. The increased cloud cover has allowed little column development. High temperatures during

the day ranged from 80 to 90 in the valleys and 59 to 70 on the ridges. 7000 foot

ridge winds have been south and sustained up to 10 mph with some gusts to 20 mph. Some canyons had south winds up to 10 mph with a few gusts to 18 mph. Humidity in the canyons was 15-20% and the ridges 30-35%. Higher humidity values were to the west with the increase of moisture and the approaching front.

For Tonight: Cloudy with rain beginning to move into the area during the evening and overnight. Ridge top and upper slope winds will be increasing to 4-9 mph with gusts to 15-18 mph overnight. Canyon winds will be calm or drainage 2-5 mph at most. Max RH on the ridges will be 68-73% and 71-77% in the canyons. No significant thermal belt tonight with little temperature difference

between the canyons and ridges. Min temps 50-55 degrees.

Thursday (9/18): Cloudy during the morning with rain. Mostly cloudy with a

chance of showers in the afternoon. A small chance of a thunderstorm will be

possible during the afternoon. Low clouds may limit aircraft operations during the morning, though the ceilings may lift a bit during the afternoon. Ridge winds South 9-13 mph with gusts up to 25 mph becoming northwest after 1400. Canyons warm to 68-73 degrees with ridges 59-64 degrees. Minimum RH in the Canyons 45 to 50% with 72 to 77% on the ridges.

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Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main Street
Yreka, CA 96097

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