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KNF Lightning July 2020

Unit Information

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

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An evening picture of the Little Soda Fire on July 29Image options: [ Full Size ]

August 5, 2020 - The Klamath National Forest received widespread lightning across the forest in July, sparking numerous wildfires. Because of aggressive fire suppression efforts by the Klamath National Forest and numerous cooperators, a total of 31 fires have been declared out. Three of the remaining fires are controlled and being patrolled. The Little Soda fire on the Oak Knoll Ranger District is 95% contained. This highly successful effort was achieved by the combined efforts of 22 firefighting crews, 32 engines, 6 dozers, 6 water tenders, multiple aircraft, overhead personnel and numerous dispatch centers from California and Oregon over a  two week period.

Firefighters worked long hours in challenging terrain to achieve these results including initial attack resources that worked through the night to stop forward progression of the Little Soda Fire, the 96 Fire, as well as the Doolittle Fire which threatened evacuation of Happy Camp, CA. Two firefighters sustained minor heat related injuries during suppression efforts on the 35 lightning caused wildfires.

Additional lightning is predicted later this week and in response the Klamath National Forest will be using a combination of fire lookouts and fixed wing aircraft to search for wildfire starts. 

Unless significant events occur, this incident will no longer be updated.    

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 26th, 2020 approx. 05:00 PM
LocationKlamath National Forest
Incident CommanderKlamath National Forest
Incident DescriptionLightning strike fires
Coordinates41.707 latitude, -122.644 longitude


Planned Actions

Continue to mop up and work toward 100% containment on the Little Soda Fire; continue to patrol the Doolittle and 96 fires.


Firefighters are challenged by hot, dry weather and steep terrains. Thunderstorms occurred over the forest today. Some precipitation was recieved.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

8/5 red flag warning in effect for abundant lightning on dry fuels.