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Island Fire

Unit Information

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

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The Island Fire is burning deep in the Marble Mountain Wilderness on the Klamath National Forest. It was ignited by lightning on Sunday June 25 and first reported on the afternoon of June 26. The fire is being suppressed under an alternative suppression approach to clean up hazardous fuels from a area that hasn't burned in a long time. There is no recorded large fire history for this portion of the Wilderness, although it is surrounded on the north, west and south by recent large fires.

The fire continues to move to the west in the upper part of the North Fork Salmon River. The fire is burning at a rate and intensity to produce desired fire effects. Crews continue to monitor the fire's progression.

We are closely monitoring the impacts of smoke to the public. This is being done in conjunction with the Siskiyou County Air Pollution Control District, the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District , and the California Air Resources Board. While the Island fire has resulted in light smoke production, other fires in Northern California may result in increased smoke and haze in the Salmon River Canyon. With light and variable winds forecast, Etna, Fort Jones, and Quartz Valley may continue to have moderate smoke in the late afternoon thru mid-morning. Monitors are now deployed in Yreka, Callahan, Etna, Sawyers Bar, Fort Jones, Quartz Valley, and Happy Camp.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginMonday June 26th, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM
Location14 miles west of Etna, California in the Marble Mountain Wilderness
Incident CommanderWill Johnson/Kevin Case(T)
Coordinates41.435 latitude, -123.162 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel39
Size1,470 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory). Old growth mixed conifer timber, with shrub understory. Pockets of large snags are scattered throughout the area. Area has no recorded large fire history.

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity. Smoldering, creeping, isolated torching.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Monitor fire activity and record weather and fire behavior observations. Patrol the North Fork Salmon River and the North Fork trail. Implement protection actions on Upper Abbotts historic site as needed.

Projected Incident Activity

Residual smoldering, creeping, and backing. Thunderstorms may result in increased fire behavior.

Remarks

The fire transitioned from a Type 3 to a Type 4 incident 8/8 at 0800.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Red Flag warning from 1200 to 2200 with chance of abundant lightning. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will continue through at least Thursday. Any storms will produce erratic and gusty winds with potential for periods of heavy rain.