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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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Incident Contact

Jennifer Erickson
Phone: (530) 310-5690
Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 17:00 pm

Highlighted Activity

07/31/2020 Fire Activity Map as of July 31, 2020
The map for July 31, 2020 shows fire status and location of the 35 lightning-caused fires from the July 26 and 27 storms as of today.  Click to download the .pdf
News - 07/31/2020
An evening picture of the Little Soda Fire on July 29Image options: [ Full Size ]

July 31, 2020 - As of 5:00 pm Friday, the Klamath National Forest remains at 35 known fires from the thunderstorms on July 26 and 27.  Most of the fires were small. No new fires have been discovered since Wednesday and firefighters are making good progress toward containing the remaining active fires.

Currently 18 fires are considered out.  14 are controlled or contained.  The three fires that remain active have fire personnel on scene strengthening containment lines and mopping up.  Some of the additional resources that were brought in to support local firefighters are being released as activity winds down. Firefighters have been challenged by hot, dry conditions in steep terrain.  Two heat-related injuries have been reported during this event.

All three active fires are in the Oak Knoll/Happy Camp Ranger District.  None of these fires have increased in acreage.
·  The 96 Fire was discovered Wednesday, burning near Highway 96, approximately three miles downriver from Horse Creek. Aggressive initial attack with the support of tankers and helicopters limited the fire's growth to nine acres. Hand crews and fire engines remain on scene working to gain full containment.  The fire is currently 60% contained.
· The Little Soda Fire remains at 54 acres and is currently 60% contained.  A type 3 firefighting organization is in place to manage multiple crews, engines, water tenders and falling modules. The fire is located three miles north of Beaver Creek Campground.

· The Doolittle Fire remains at 11 acres and is currently 95% contained.  

As new information comes in, this page will 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

Discover and suppress all fires in the forest

Projected Incident Activity

Continue monitoring for new smokes. Suppress active fires.


Firefighters are challenged by hot, dry weather and steep terrains.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Red Flag Warning is in effect until 8 pm today on the east side of the forest. Temperatures are expected to trend down and humidity slightly higher through the weekend, although overall the weather is expected to remain hot and dry. No lightning is forecast for the next week.