Salmon August Complex

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Salmon August Complex

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Approximate Location

41.263 latitude, -123.099 longitude

Incident Overview

09-28-2017 Salmon August 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 incorporated into Salmon August Complex incident management. Great Basin Incident Management Team 7 was ordered by the Klamath National Forest and assumed command on September 15, 2017. Great Basin Team 7 has successfully contained all fires within the Salmon August Complex, and completed all Stage 1 repairs on the fires. The fire is contained enough, and suppression repairs are enough underway, that the fire will transition to a Type 3 incident management team on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of OriginSunday August 13th, 2017 approx. 12:01 AM
LocationMarble Mountain Wilderness and Klamath NF side of the Trinity Alps Wilderness
Incident CommanderNorth Operations Team 3/Brad Schuette
Incident DescriptionMultiple Fires In The Wilderness.

Current Situation

Total Personnel58
Size65,888 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained87%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Litter and Understory)


The wilderness area has high tree mortality and fuels are primarily dense stringers of mixed conifers with heavy dead and down fuels, and brush in open areas. Large down fuels can exceed 200 tons per acre with high numbers of standing snags. 2013 and 2014 burn perimeters have a receptive fuel bed of fine fuels.

Significant Events

Minimal, Smolering


Planned Actions

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

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hour:

Seasonal average temperatures with low to moderate at best winds from the E-NE. Low spread or growth potential.

24 Hour:

Forecasts show clear skies with moderate to low winds, cool temps and moderately dry conditions. The spread or growth potential is low.

48 hours:

The burning conditions maintain in the low to moderate level for Thursday. There is very low to no spread or growth potential.

72 hours:

Continued low to moderate burning conditions for today. The spread or growth potential is low.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

There is low potential for any significant fire behavior.


Type 3 Team is in place.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns


Skies are clear over the fire today with cool seasonable temperatures, moderate winds, and relative humidity percentages in the low to mid twenties.

Unit Information

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Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1809 Fairlane Road Yreka California 96097
Yreka, CA 96097

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