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Red Salmon Complex

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

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Phone: 530-316-1042
Hours: Daily 8am - 8pm

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08/03/2020 Red Salmon Complex 8.3.2020 AM Update
   Current Situation: The Red Salmon Complex burning in the Six Rivers and Shasta Trinity national forest is 2,643 acres and 0% contained. Both fires are burning in steep, rugged terrain, with...
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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.  

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 CommanderM. Strawhun (CIIMT 14)
Coordinates41.168 latitude, -123.407 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel775
Size1,876 Acres
Estimated Containment DateFriday August 28th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber litter, chaparral and grass

Significant Events

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.


Planned Actions

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


Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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.