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Island Fire


Order NO. 17-05-795 Fire Restrictions
ORDER NO. 17-05-795 FIRE RESTRICTIONS KLAMATH NATIONAL FOREST Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, the following acts. more


Approximate Location

41.435 latitude, -123.162 longitude

Incident Overview

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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 burn with low to moderate intensity. The western perimeter is burning into rocky areas with little vegetation, on the ridge below English Peak and near Lake of the Island. The southern and eastern edges are backing slowly into Lake of the Island and Deer Lick drainages and will continue to advance. To the north, the fire continues to burn down into the North Fork Salmon River drainage.

Smoke: Overall good air quality continues outside the immediate vicinity of the fire. Smoke impacts in the Salmon River Canyon have improved a bit over the last few days, but smoke impacts in the moderate range are still possible mid-morning. With light and variable winds forecast, Etna, Fort Jones, and Quartz Valley may continue to have light smoke in the afternoon. Monitors are now deployed in Yreka, Callahan, Etna, Sawyers Bar, Fort Jones, Quartz Valley, and Happy


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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday June 25th, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM
Location14 miles west of Etna, California in the Marble Mountain Wilderness
Incident CommanderDon Fregulia IC Type 3 and Andy Branson IC type 3 (T)

Current Situation

Total Personnel55
Size1,220 Acres
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
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

Peak burning period is from 2 to 4 pm. Primarily flanking and backing fire. Inversion continues to influence fire behavior depending on elevation and time of day.


Planned Actions

Monitor fire activity, record weather and fire behavior observations. Patrol the North Fork Salmon River and the North Fork trail, and use a confine and contain strategy where necessary. Assess and prep contingency options on the east side of the planning area.

Projected Incident Activity

Continued slow backing and flanking fire for the majority of the fire area. Rolling material on steep slopes continues to have potential to trigger short uphill runs. Inversion strength and duration continue to influence fire behavior. Anticipate approximately 25-150 acres growth over the next 24 hours.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Continued hot and dry weather with low relative humidities. Winds forecasted to be westerly in the afternoon.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contact

Jim Mackenson
Phone: 530-468-1252
Hours: Sun-Sat, 7:00am to 7:00pm

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