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Happy Camp Complex

INCIDENT UPDATED 7/28/2015

Approximate Location

41.796 latitude, -123.374 longitude

Incident Overview

The top of the smoking Ponderosa Snag broke off and is now a smoking log

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Happy Camp, CA, July 28, 2015

With hot and dry conditions firefighters continue to monitor the Happy Camp Complex for fire activity. The Happy Camp Complex burned in 2014, and earlier this summer several single burning snags showed smoke within the fire perimeter. Forest visitors are cautioned that hazards in the burned area still exist. These include but are not limited to increased potential for falling or down trees, trail damage and increased potential for mudslides or rockslides. There are no road closures at this time and road crews continue to work in the area making road repairs from recent debris flows and continuing to storm proof roads as part of the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) effort. Crews will primarily be working in the Walker Creek and Whites Gulch areas.

Careful trip planning is important to have a safe day in the woods. Please consider weather and road conditions when planning your route. Always let someone know where you are expecting to travel and when you are expected to return. Remember there are areas that do not have cell phone coverage. Visitors are advised to avoid camping near dead or burned trees and use extra caution when traveling in burned areas. Conditions in a burned forest change constantly.

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.

To find out more about what you can do to prevent human caused, unwanted wildfires, please go to www.preventwildfireca.org


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginTuesday August 12th, 2014 approx. 01:00 AM
LocationHappy Camp, CA
Incident CommanderBob Hanley, Local Resources
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Size134,056 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
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

Outlook

Planned Actions

While the weather is forecast to be very hot in the coming days, fire managers do not expect to have challenges from holdover hot spots. Control lines have been “mopped up” to over 300 feet and fire leaving the footprint of the 2014 burn is extremely unlikely. Firefighters are patrolling the fire area daily.

Projected Incident Activity

Firefighters are patrolling the area monitoring for smoke and hot spots.

Remarks

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

triple digit temperatures are expected through this weekend. With little or no snowpack this winter, drought conditions coupled with hot and dry weather are contributing to activity in the fire area.

Unit Information

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

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Phone: 530-841-4451

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