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Red Salmon Complex

Unit Information

Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002

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The Red Salmon Complex started the morning of July 27 in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area and quickly grew in the steep and rugged terrain. The fire is burning on the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Shasta-Trinity National Forests in Humboldt, Siskiyou, and Trinity Counties. Communities near the fire include Hoopa Valley, Willow Creek, Salyer, Trinity Village, Denny, Forks of Salmon, Orleans, and Cecilville.

11-7-2020 Friday's fire behavior on the Red Salmon Complex remained unchanged from the last few days. Most of the fire activity was north of Blaine Mountain in the Plummer Creek Drainage and north of Pony  Creek. There are isolated heat sources throughout the interior of the fire but none of them threaten containment.  Fire managers are continuing to monitor fire growth.

Chances for additional rain, as well as snow in higher elevations is predicted through Sunday. Gusty north winds are expected to impact upper slopes, ridges and north/south valleys. Some drying is expected Monday but another front is predicted to bring additional rain and mountain snow on Tuesday. Cool weather conditions with a chance of showers is forecast through Wednesday. Heavier precipitation is expected late Thursday due to a stronger weather front.

Firefighters are monitoring fire activity, patrolling firelines and strengthening them where needed. Three helicopters are assigned to the fire and operating out of Scott Valley. Suppression repair remains in full swing across the incident, with dozers, graders, excavators and water tenders working to stabilize firelines and roads ahead of precipitation events. Equipment and crews are working closely with resource advisors who help direct suppression repair work to protect sensitive natural and cultural resources. 

The fire is contained on the Six Rivers’ and Hoopa Valley portions of the incident.

Based on cooler  temperatures, precipitation and reduced fire activity this is the final summary update.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 27th, 2020 approx. 11:03 AM
Location14 miles northeast of Willow Creek, CA
Incident CommanderLouie Orozco ICT3 (SRF), Joel Berg ICT3t (SRF), Josh Wright ICT3 (SHF), Andy Branson ICT3 (KNF)
Incident DescriptionThis incident is burning in steep rugged country primarily in the Trinity Alps Wilderness area.
Coordinates41.185 latitude, -123.433 longitude

Current Situation

Size144,698 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Mature timber with heavy duff, litter, shrubs, and grass. ERC, BI and 1000-hour fuels are at high indices. Steep rugged terrain with parallel ridges and drainages hamper direct line construction.

Significant Events

100% containment as of 11/17/2020 1500


Projected Incident Activity

Active creeping and backing as fuels remain dry. Terrain driven winds and poor recoveries with the potential for a smoke inversion within the Plummer Creek drainage, West Fork Plummer Creek, Dees Peak and Milk Creek, where heat remains could experience moderate backing and creeping. Increased potential for leaf litter and needle cast falling creating a continuous receptive fuel bed aiding fire spread. Increase in heavy dead and down fuels smoldering across the eastern flank of the fire and in isolated pockets in the interior of the fire.


The Red Salmon Complex acres burned on each Forest is as follows:

Six Rivers National Forest = 49,634

Shasta Trinity National Forest = 52,687

Klamath National Forest = 38,598

Hoopa Valley Reservation = 3,285

Private = 113