Salmon August Complex

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Salmon August Complex


Salmon August Complex Update Sept. 23, 2017
News Release Fire Information: 530-572-1136 Salmon-August Complex... more


Approximate Location

41.263 latitude, -123.099 longitude

Incident Overview

9-23-17 Perimeter map

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Salmon-August Complex

The Salmon August Complex was caused by lightning. The first ignition was in July and was managed by the Klamath National Forest as the Island Fire. Five other fires in the complex (Wallow, Garden, Grizzly, Mary, Rush, and Pointers fires) were ignited by lightning in early August. Early on, these fires were being managed with a confine-contain strategy. Initially, this strategy was effective. As the weather trend became hotter and dryer throughout mid-August, the Island and Wallow fires spread.

The Klamath NF determined the need for a type 2 Incident Management Team. The Wallow Fire eventually engulfed the Pointers and Island fires and began threatening Eco-Trust timber lands on State Responsibility Area. At that time, an Incident Management Team and CALFIRE were ordered to work in unified command. All seven fires were incorporated into a complex (Salmon August Complex) on August 13, 2017.

The Wallow fire is located in steep, rugged terrain of the Marble Mountain Wilderness, near the Pacific Crest Trail. The Garden, Mary, Grizzly, Blaine, and Rush fires are located in the Salmon Mountains, south of the Salmon River, near the boundary of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and the Klamath National Forest. The Bingham Fire is located near Russian, Grizzly and Wildcat Peaks.

On September 7, 2017, three additional lighting ignitions (the Deep, Claire and Fourth fires) were supported by and incorporated into Salmon August Complex incident management. Now, Great Basin Team 7 has assumed command of the incident. The Deep fire is burning near Lover's Camp trailhead northwest of the community of Greenview, CA.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday August 13th, 2017 approx. 12:01 AM
LocationMarble Mountain Wilderness and Klamath NF side of the Trinity Alps Wilderness
Incident CommanderGreat Basin Team 7 / Bollier
Incident DescriptionMultiple Fires In The Wilderness.

Current Situation

Total Personnel487
Size65,875 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained65%
Estimated Containment DateFriday October 20th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Litter and Understory)


The area is primarily in wilderness, with high tree mortality with heavy dead and down material and a high numbers of standing snags. Dense stringers of mixed conifers with heavy dead and down fuels with brush in open areas. Receptive fuel bed of fine fuels from 2013 and 2014 burn perimeters.

Significant Events

No fire growth with little interior burnouts. Water handling equipment completely removed. Firefighter crews spending a couple nights at Spike camps. Rehab work is advancing on all areas of the fire. The increased relative humidity, decreased temperatures and precipitation has assisted in mop up efforts for both the Wallow and Deep fire.


Planned Actions

Continue to improve dozer line on Yellow Jacket Ridge with masticators.

Back haul equipment and hose by truck and helicopter.

Repair Group west will continue suppression repair on dozer lines and hand lines.

Monitoring from H-2 west around to Yellow Jacket Ridge.

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hour:

No spread or growth potential.

24 Hour:

Continued no to low spread and growth potential, even as warming and drying continues slowly.

48 hours:

Continuing warming and drying, but will progressively raise burning conditions, but they will remain generally low.

72 hours:

Continuing warming and drying will further raise burning conditions, but they will still be generally low. They may reach a moderate level Tuesday.


Resources are available for Initial Attack on the Klamath National Forest and Siskiyou Ranger Unit.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns


High-pressure building will result in a drying and warming trend for the next 5-7 days. Warmer weather today by 5-10 degrees with afternoon temperatures in the upper 40s along the ridges and 65-70 degrees in the valleys. Lower humidity along the ridgetops where the humidity fell to around 40-45 percent in some locations. Winds were primarily light and terrain driven.


The warming and drying trend will continue Saturday. Highs will be in the 50s along the ridges and in the upper 60s to mid-70s in the valleys. The relative humidity will lower to 35-45 percent along the ridges and 25-30 percent in the valleys. Winds will be light and terrain driven with ridgetop winds north-northeast at 8-12 mph gusting to 15-20 mph.

Unit Information

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

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