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41.796 latitude, -123.374 longitude

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The Happy Camp Complex Closure Order has been terminated, effective October 21, 2014. The closure order was terminated because the Happy Camp Complex is now nearly 100 percent contained. Emergency road and suppression repair work is largely completed. Forest visitors are encouraged to please be careful of standing dead trees, road conditions, and other fire-area hazards that still exist in burned areas.

The 36 total personnel and equipment who remain assigned to the Happy Camp Complex will be demobilized in the next 24 to 48 hours and management of the fire will be turned over to the respective Ranger Districts; Happy Camp Oak Knoll, Salmon Scott River and Ukonom.

Fire Behavior - Aerial reconnaissance flight results from this weekend showed no new fire growth although some latent heat within containment lines was detected on the ridge leading to Hooligan Lake and down in the bottom of Wooley Creek.

Rain is predicted for today with 0.5” expected to fall over the fire area. More rain is predicted for Wednesday and later in the week.

Although Fire Restrictions and closures have been lifted hunters and other visitors are asked to be extremely cautious with fire and to never leave a campfire unattended.

Campfire permits are still being required for open campfires, stoves, and barbeques. The permit may be obtained free of charge from any Forest Service or CAL FIRE office or by visiting

Campground Closures – The Grider Creek Campground will remain closed and the Idlewild Campground will become closed under a new closure order, 14-05-761, effective October 22, 2014. Wildfire activity associated with the Happy Camp Complex and July Complex fires has increased the probability for debris flow in the basins above these two campgrounds. Potential damage from a debris flow at a campground includes injury to anyone present during the event, damage to vehicles, and compromised access and escape. The closure of these campgrounds will protect the public from debris flows during the winter months when storms could trigger an event. Debris flows cannot be predicted and pose a serious threat to individuals who are camping in the area.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 12th, 2014 approx. 01:00 AM
LocationHappy Camp, CA
Incident CommanderDustin Mueller, Local Type 3 IMT
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel7
Size134,056 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained97%
Estimated Containment DateFriday October 31st, 2014 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory), The major fuel types include mixed conifer timber, mixed conifer with shrub, low to moderate shrub and open meadows.Fuels are extremely dry due to prolonged drought,which has led to extreme fire behavior.

Significant Events

The fire area received light to moderate preciptation today with 0.8" reported on the Slater Butte RAWS. More rain is predicted through the week of 10/21-24.


Planned Actions

Patrol the fire area. Assess suppression repair needs and continue with suppression repair. Continue to monitor active portions with recon flights as needed. No night shift. Will submit one 209 per day.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Fire spread is expected to be minimal and confined to the 1000hr dead and down fuels.

24 hours: Rain Showers no spread.

48 hours: Steady Rain is predicted for Wednesday

72 hours: Partly cloudy with rain showers

Anticipated after 72 hours:





1,150 acres of the fire is on land administered by the Six Rivers National Forest, the remaining acres are in the Klamath National Forest's Direct Protection Area (DPA).

The IC will continue to work closely with all stakeholders regarding community needs and long range planning for

suppression efforts. The Happy Camp Complex will support initial attack within the Klamath National Forest.

The Klamath National Forest is under an emergency closure order in and around the Happy Camp Complex. More information is available at:

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

The following 15 fires are in the Happy Camp Complex and are now declared CONTROLLED: 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


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 recorded in block 7.


Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cloudy with rain showers, max temps reached the mid 60's in the

valley with mid 40's for the higher elevations. Ridge winds (20') are SW 5-10 gusts

to 12. Humidity recoveries are predicted at 100%. Friday is predicted to be partly

cloudy to sunny, but the wet pattern continues through the weekend and into

next week.


Unit Information

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

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