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Clear Fire

Unit Information

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

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Four individual incidents Oak, Cedar, Clear and Prescott were combined into the Eclipse Complex on 8/15/17. For further information regarding this fire - the Clear - please see the Eclipse Complex at

A lightning storm early in the morning of July 25, 2017 left fires on the Happy Camp Oak/ Knoll Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest. Five of those were combined as the Clear Fire, located in a steep heavily forested area along the south fork of Clear Creek, seven miles southwest of Happy Camp. The fire is being managed by a Type 3 incident command team. Firefighting strategies take into consideration the salmon streams, owl habitat and areas of concern for native peoples. Current fire activity is limited to consumption of fuel inside the containment lines.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 25th, 2017 approx. 12:45 PM
Location7 miles southwest of Happy Camp, CA. Clear Creek drainage.
Incident CommanderJerry Spence/Don Graham (T)
Incident DescriptionFull Suppression
Coordinates41.702 latitude, -123.508 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel256
Size6,701 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained77%
Fuels Involved

Timber and Brush; Heavy timber with pockets of brush. Fire is burning in an area with no recent fire history.

Significant Events

The fire continues to burn in isolated pockets of unburned fuel within the perimeter. Backing and flanking with minimal fire spread.


Planned Actions

Resources will continue to patrol for spot fires and slopovers and have initiated mop up operations where safe to do so. Resources will continue to monitor the slopover south of Elbow Springs in the Swillup Creak drainage. Due to numerous snags in and around the slopover, indirect tactics have been employed. Suppression repair operations have been initiated in some areas of the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

The fire will continue to consume isolated pockets within the fire perimeter where unburned fuels remain. The slopover near Elbow Springs Trailhead currently has partial containment. Observed activity in this area is primarily smoldering and creeping with minimal growth.


Aviation resources are being shared by the SRF Orleans Complex and the Cedar Fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Warm and dry afternoons will be abbreviated by cool nights with moderate RH recoveries this week. Afternoon temperatures will climb into the 87-97 range. Northeasterly wnds.