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Klamath National Forest Lightning Fires


Incident Overview

Yreka, CA, June 21, 2016—Major lightning storms occurred during the nights of June 5 and 6, 2016 in Siskiyou County. As a result, ten wildfires started on the Klamath National Forest. Seven of the fires, occurring near Happy Camp, ranged in size from 0.1 acres to 2 acres. Thanks to aggressive efforts by firefighters the Lower, Elk, Little Grider, Peak, Jackson, China, and Horse Fires are declared out. The 0.5 acre Ault Fire, in the Trinity Alps Wilderness southeast of Cecilville, is also declared out.

The five acre Dillon Fire is located about 15 miles south of Happy Camp in the upper Dillon Creek drainage west of Highway 96. Monday, June 20, 2016, a 10-person wildland fire module assigned to the Dillon Fire found no hot spots on the fire and declared it out. They installed water bars in several areas left vulnerable to downhill flows of water and mud into streams during thunderstorms. This successful conclusion is the result of key efforts by eight smokejumpers and two hotshot crews (40 people).

The Pony Fire is the remaining challenge. The fire is located about 15 miles south of Happy Camp and west of Highway 96 at Pony Peak. It is located in extremely steep terrain with limited road access and an abundance snags and down logs, the result of the 2001 Swillup Fire. The fire is currently at 2,885 acres and 60% contained.

On June 22, 2016 a Type 3 Incident Management Team is scheduled to replace the current Type 2 Team to assist the firefighting effort on the Pony Fire. Updates on the Pony Fire are available on InciWeb at

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
LocationSeveral fires on the Klamath National Forest
Incident CommanderUS Forest Service

Current Situation

Size6 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%

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

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