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Lime Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Joshua Veal
Phone: 530-841-4485

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09/16/2019 Lime Fire & Kidder 2 Fire Update - 9/16/2019
Lime Fire & Kidder 2 Fire Update - 9/16/2019 Yreka, CA. – The Lime and Kidder 2 Fires were started by lightning on September 5, 2019. The following are updates for each fire: Lime Fire – is...
News - 09/16/2019
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September 16, 2019 - Yreka, CA.Update | Map | Air Quality Index |D

The Lime and Kidder 2 Fires were started by lightning on September 5, 2019.

The Lime Fire is located south of Cottonwood Peak on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District.

This lightning-caused fire is currently at 1,872 acres at 84% containment. Resources on the Lime Fire include include 2 hand crews, 5 engines, 2 dozers, 6 water tenders and helicopters and fixed wing on demand. The Type 2 Incident Management Team continues to assist the Klamath NF on this fire, Nickie Johnny Commander.

Firefighters will continue mop up and strengthen firelines today.

Firefighters are being challenged by extremely steep terrain and limited access points. Both direct and indirect fireline is being constructed. Water dropping helicopters and retardant aircraft are supporting firefighters on the ground. Yesterday, morning cloud cover prevented the use of retardant planes. When skies cleared later in the afternoon, retardant planes were once again used to aid in fire suppression.

Information on the Klamath National Forest Lime Fire closure order, issued on September 11, can be found at: The public is asked to remain away from closed areas, to allow the firefighters, engines, helicopters, and other equipment to work safely.

The ecauation warnings for residences within and adjacent to the Lime Fire, have been lifted by the Siskiyou Sheriff's Office.

Forest Service and public safety officials would like to thank residents for their understanding of the situation and for being prepared.

The public is advised to continue to exercise extreme caution along Highway 96 when driving in the vicinity of the fire. To ensure public safety, the highway occasionally may be subject to temporary closure. Motorists are also encouraged to be aware of potentially distracted driving along Interstate 5, as the fire is visible from a number of vantage points north of Yreka.

The Kidder 2 Fire had minimal fire activity with smoke production from the interior of the perimeter. The 24-hour AQI for the Yreka, Happy Camp and Ashland monitors were all in the Good (green) range yesterday. The Hornbrook monitor was reading Moderate (yellow) during the day due to local sources other than the Lime and Kidder 2 Fires and will be relocated today. Four additional monitors were set up surrounding the fire in Oak Knoll, Fort Jones, Etna and Montague. All three monitors have been in the Good range since yesterday afternoon/evening. Due similar weather conditions and fire behavior today, smoke production on the Kidder 2 Fire may increase today and minimal smoke may settle into Etna briefly late at night and early in the morning. The 24-hour AQI is forecasted to be in the Good (green) range for all locations, with possible hours of Moderate (yellow) air quality in Etna late night/early morning. The 24-hour Air Quality Index (AQI)

Fire restrictions for the Klamath National Forest are in effect as of August 1, 2019. Restrictions will continue until October 15, 2019 or until conditions require a change in restriction level.

The Klamath Ranger District consists of three ranger districts, Goosenest, Happy Camp/Oak Knoll and the Salmon/Scott.

Goosenest Ranger District

The Goosenest Ranger District lies to the east of I-5 and is bounded by the Oregon border, the Modoc National Forest on the east and the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on the south. Whether your interests are hunting, bird watching, photography, fishing, swimming, wind-surfing, camping, picnicking, snowmobiling, nordic skiing, wood cutting or just a relaxing mood of tranquility while driving through the'll love the Goosenest Ranger District.
More information about the Goosenest Ranger District.

Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District

The Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District is one of three management units on the Klamath National Forest. It includes portions of the Siskiyou Wilderness, Red Buttes Wilderness and the Marble Mountain Wilderness. The Pacific Crest National Recreation Trail, the Kelsey National Recreation Trail and the Boundary National Recreation Trail are just a small part of the extensive trail system catering to hikers and equestrians. The Wild and Scenic Klamath River is the centerpiece of the District providing recreational opportunities all year long.
Visitors passing through can enjoy the drive along the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway and the Bigfoot Scenic Byway. Fishermen, bird watchers, photographers, amateur botanists and wildlife enthusiasts all find the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District to their taste. More information about the HappyCamp/Oak Knoll Ranger District.

Salmon/Scott River Ranger District

The Salmon/Scott River Ranger District is home to wilderness areas, pristine mountain lakes and wild and scenic rivers just to name a few. The District office is located in Fort Jones, California, at an elevation of 2740 feet. The District is bisected by the Salmon River on the south and the Scott River on the north and covers approximately 585,000 acres.More information about the Salmon/Scott River Ranger District

Additional information and daily updates: Lime Fire InciWeb: Kidder 2 Fire InciWeb: Facebook: Twitter: Telephone: Joshua Veal (530) 841-4485

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday September 05th, 2019 approx. 11:19 AM
LocationWest of I-5, East of Klamath River in Lime Gulch
Incident CommanderNickie Johnny Incident Commander
Coordinates41.866 latitude, -122.67 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel261
Size1,872 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained91%
Fuels Involved

Brush and Timber

Significant Events

Minimum fire was observed by crews today.


Planned Actions

Keep the fire west of Ash Creek, Keep the fire south of Cottonwood Peak, Longfellow and Rattlesnake Peaks. And keep the fire east of the Klamath River.

Projected Incident Activity

Areas with completed containment will continue to transition to mop up.


The Klamath National Forest has issued a closure order for the Lime Fire on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Temperatures will remain high with low humidity and light winds.