Red Salmon Complex
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The Salmon Red Complex is being managed by the California Incident Management Team 14 (CIIMT14), under the command of Mike Strawhun and Steve Watkins. The complex is comprised of the Salmon and the Red fires. Both fires were started by a lightning storm on the evening of July 26 and are burning in rugged and remote portions of the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The Salmon Fire portion of the complex is on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Salmon Mountain; the Red Fire is in the Red Cap drainage east of Black Mountain on the Six Rivers National Forest.
Firefighter and public safety is top priority and we are implementing best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in all fire management practices. Fire suppression objectives reflect protecting and understanding the cultural values and natural resources in the fire area. Minimum impact suppression techniques (MIST) guidelines are being integrated into fire management actions to preserve wilderness values.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Monday July 27th, 2020 approx. 11:03 AM|
|Location||14 miles northeast of Willow Creek, CA|
|Incident Commander||M. Strawhun (CIIMT 14)|
|Coordinates||41.168 latitude, -123.407 longitude|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday August 28th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber litter, chaparral and grass
Salmon fire continues to actively back to the south, direct line is being considered. Fire spread has slowed to the north, east and west. Red fire is active on all flanks, backing and group torching have been observed.
Continued construction of indirect line, going direct where safe to do so while implementing minimum impact suppression tactics.
A new base camp for crews is being established in the town of Orleans for increased logistics on the incident. Predicted northwest winds
could influence spread direction on the Red fire increasing the possibilities that the Salmon and Red fires could burn together. Fuel model
sampling shows above average fuel moisture for the fire area. This may contribute to the observed fire behavior on the incident. The Big
Rock River Access on the Trinity River remains closed to public access. Both fires are in wilderness, a mix of direct attack and light on the
land strategy will be used. Three counties are involved, Red fire in Humboldt county, and the Salmon fire in Trinity county bordering
Siskiyou county on the east flank. Cultural and historic sites are threatened. One historic cabin has been wrapped in preparation of fire
Low pressure off the coat will slowly drift north allowing high pressure to drift over the fire. The subsidence inversion is sitting over the fire with smoke staying close to ridge. Poor humidity recovery expected.