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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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09/21/2020 Red Salmon Complex Daily Update 9-21-2020
Current Situation: “The word of the day is focus,” said Incident Commander Mike Strawhun.  “Today is day 56 of this fire and crews have been working very hard to construct control lines and...
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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. As of September 21, the fire is 104,667 acres and 28 percent contained. 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 Salman, and Orleans.

Daily Operational Update Video - Red Salmon Videos

Firefighting Activity
Firefighters have contained the northwest and west sides of the fire from the Whitney Peak area on the north side to Box Camp on the west side. Along the southwestern and southern flanks, firefighters are successfully conducting firing operations and improving roads to protect the Hoopa Valley Reservation and the communities of Willow Creek and Denny. Structure protection in the Forks of Salmon area continues to be a priority while hand crews, heavy equipment, and firefighting aircraft continue to suppress the fire.

Evacuations and Closures
On September 18, Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office downgraded the evacuation order for Forks of Salmon to an evacuation warning. Residents may return to their homes.

The US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region opened some National Forests in California, effective 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 19. However, the Six Rivers and Klamath National Forests remain entirely closed, and parts of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest around the Red Salmon Fire are closed. As hunting season opens, hunters are reminded that the closures are in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters.

Road and highway closure information can be found on the California Department of Transportation website

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 27th, 2020 approx. 11:03 AM
Location8 miles northeast of Willow Creek, CA
Incident CommanderMike Strawhun - CIIMT14
Incident DescriptionThis Incident Is Burning In Steep Rugged Country Primarily In The Trinity Alps Wilderness Area.
Coordinates41.185 latitude, -123.433 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel596
Size104,667 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained28%
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory), closed timber litter, timber (litter and understory). Mature timber with heavy duff, litter, shrubs, and grass. Steep rugged terrain with parallel ridges and drainages.

Significant Events

Most of the activity on the incident was in Divisions K and R. Backing fire with roll out and uphill runs was observed. Fire continues to produce single tree torching and short-range spotting. Other Divisions have minimal activity with fire creeping and smoldering.


Planned Actions

Planned action by Division (see Facebook Operations video for legend):

DIV A/D/W/Y: not staffed.

DIV K, Continue to look for opportunities to address the fire located in the Nordheimer drainage to prevent the spread of fire toward the Salmon River Road. Utilize defensive burning operations along control lines to prevent the fire from entering McNeal Creek. Provide structure defense for structures along the Salmon River Road from the Forks of Salmon east to Hotelling Ridge.

DIV O: Provide point protection along the Salmon River Road corridor for defendable structures. Assist with burnout operations in order to reduce the threat of fire impacting structures.

DIV Q: Continue to provide structure defense to protect the community of Denny, Miller Ranch, and historical features within the East Fork of New River. Continue firing operations, weather conditions permitting, to protect the communities to the south/southwest of the incident.

DIV R/U: Hold and mop-up control lines along Tish Tang Ridge to Box Camp to protect the Hoopa Valley Reservation, Willow Creek, Salyer, Hawkins Bar, and adjacent communities. Continue firing along Lone Pine Ridge for when the fire moves into alignment in the Horse Linto Creek drainage to defend the communities along Hwy 299 and Hwy 96. Patrol and mop-up fire lines within the division to reduce the risk of escape. Assist adjacent division with burnout operations to secure control lines to reduce the spread of fire toward the Hoopa Valley Reservation, Willow Creek, Salyer, and Hawkins Bar.

Projected Incident Activity

Div. K fire continues to back into the confluence of Nordheimer Creek and China Creek. Fire has become established in the East and West forks of Knownothing Creek drainage and crews continue burning operations to bring the fire to the Salmon River Road. Fire continues spread in DIV P,O and Q.

In DIV R, fire continues to back into Tish Tang Creek creating alignment for future potential runs. Crews continue to bring fire along control lines within DIV R to keep the fire from spreading towards the communities to the south/southwest. Crews continue to monitor, mop-up along 10N02 Road. Spot fires continue off 10N02. Firing operations continue to take place along 10N02. Expect completion in 24-48 hours to Box Canyon. Burning operations are moving north and south on the west flank.

In DIV Q, fire continues to back downslope between Trinity Mountain and One Mile Creek prompting continued structure assessment in and around the community of Denny. A firing operation has started on Lone Pine Ridge above Horse Linto Creek to check southerly spread of the fire.

In DIV O and P, fire is currently spreading into the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The fire is currently within reach of the Hoopa Valley Reservation wildland-urban interface with potentially significant impacts to cultural and resource values and economic impact to the Hoopa Valley Tribe. Firing operations are helping to mitigate this threat.


The Shasta-Trinity National Forest has issued a fire closure, Order No. 14-20-11, for the Red Salmon incident to provide for public safety. This closure will be in effect from September 19, 2020 until the incident is declared out.

All national forests in the Pacific Southwest Region remain under Regional Emergency Closure Order No. 20-10 to provide for public safety and protect natural resources. This includes the Big Rock River Access on the Trinity River as well as the trail systems within the fire area. In additional to being within the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, the fire area spans three counties: Humboldt, Trinity, and Siskiyou.

The communities in and around the fire area are potentially threatened by Covid-19 due to the influx of incident responders from across the country. Due to a report of increased Covid-19 cases in the local community, the incident has strengthened Covid-19 mitigation protocols for crews in Orleans and the ICP in Willow Creek by limiting crew exposure to local business.

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

Six Rivers National Forest = 45,972

Shasta Trinity National Forest = 35,785

Klamath National Forest = 20,407

Hoopa Valley Reservation = 2,503

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A mostly clear sky and light wind tonight will allow temperatures to fall into the middle 40s to middle 50s. Relative humidity will likely fall into the 20s during the overnight hours above 4000 ft. A downslope/down-valley wind at 2 to 5 mph is expected, except on the ridges where a northwest wind will prevail between 4 and 10 mph.