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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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Fire Information
Phone: 530-643-1561
Hours: Daily 8am - 8pm

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Please note: the information phone number for this incident has changed to (530)643-1561.

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.

Fire behavior decreased today on the Red Salmon Complex, including in the Plummer Creek drainage. Smoke production remained similar to yesterday but was pushed into Scott Valley by west winds. An infrared flight did not occur during the day due to mechanical issues, but one is scheduled for this evening. Fire managers are utilizing infrared detection flights twice daily to verify the location of the fire’s edge. Helicopters were not able to do bucket work due to continued poor visibility over the fire.

Humidity remained low in the fire area today. A weak front passing to the north brought west-southwest winds to the fire today. The air mass will remain dry this weekend with low relative humidity during the day and light northeast winds, shifting to the south - southeast on Sunday. Humidity recovery will be moderate to occasionally poor overnight at mid-slope and ridges. The valley will have much better overnight recoveries due to the inversion. Precipitation is unlikely through the middle of next week, but humidity should begin to increase. A pattern change to colder and wetter conditions is possible late next week.

Fire crews on the Klamath and Shasta-Trinity zones of the Red Salmon Complex continue to patrol and improve fire lines. In addition to day shift, a night shift will continue to be staffed on the Klamath zone of the Red Salmon Complex to monitor fire activity. Three helicopters remain assigned to the fire and are operating out of Scott Valley. As visibility allows, helicopters will be used to cool the fire’s edge in the Plummer Creek drainage. The fire is contained on the Six Rivers’ and Hoopa Valley portions of the fire.

All three zones of the Red Salmon Complex are engaged in suppression repair work. Suppression repair activities include building water bars on dozer and hand lines, chipping roadside vegetation that was cut to improve roads for use as firelines and repairing roads used by firefighters to access fireline. Crews are working closely with resource advisors who help direct suppression repair work to protect sensitive natural and cultural resources.

The Red Salmon Complex is being managed by three smaller incident command teams; each assigned to their respective National Forests (Klamath, Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers) and the Hoopa Valley. Each team has resources assigned concurrent with the needs of each zone. 

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
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

Total Personnel244
Size144,317 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained78%
Estimated Containment DateSunday November 15th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
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

Lower activity today than past two shifts. Smoke inversion again prevented ground resources from observing the fire activity in Division K/O and prevented aviation assets from working the fire in that area. Dry air continued to cover the fire area with light and variable winds. Much of the eastern flank remained low intensity burning in the understory litter and leaf fall. Heavy fuels and leaf litter continue to smolder in the deep drainages and along the creeks.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Zone 1 - Klamath: Monitor existing containment lines, hold and improve where possible. Utilize aircraft to slow fire spread and progression within the Wilderness. Conduct Stage 1 suppression repair within the highly sensitive cultural resources from the Forest boundary east following the fire perimeter to Forks of the Salmon. Back haul within the communities of Forks of the Salmon, Cecilville, and the private ranches, inholdings, and properties.

Zone 2 - Shasta Trinity: Monitor and patrol line and utilize aircraft to slow fire spread and progression within the Wilderness. Conduct Stage 1 suppression repair within the highly sensitive cultural resources from Fawn Ridge west following the fire perimeter to the Forest boundary. Back haul from the private ranches, inholdings, and properties.

Zone 3 - Six Rivers: Monitor existing containment lines, hold and improve where possible. Conduct stage 1 suppression repair within the highly sensitive cultural resources within the Forest boundary.

Zone 4 - Hoopa Valley: Monitor existing containment lines, hold and improve where possible. Conduct Stage 1 and 2 suppression repair within the highly sensitive cultural resources within the Hoopa Valley Reservation.

Projected Incident Activity

There should be little change in activity from last night. Winds are expected to shift back to a N-NE pattern but remain light. Moderate activity in the early evening within a thermal belt is expected. Activity should consist of low intensity backing and smoldering of heavy fuels and leaf litter. Better recoveries on the mid-low slopes. Higher elevations will see an early increase in RH before decreasing through the night and early morning. Minimal growth and activity is expected in the early morning hours.

Remarks

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

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Observed:

20 foot winds on the mid-slopes to ridgetops were light from the W-NW overnight, with gusts into the 6 to 10 mph range. Humidity recovery was generally in the 20 to 25 percent range for most of the incident, with valleys reaching 55% to 90% in the lower elevations. Low Temperatures displayed a thermal belt pattern, in the upper 30s to low 40s for valleys, and in the low to mid 50s on the ridges.

Daytime conditions were similar to yesterday, smoke that was slow to lift across DIV K and O and smoke fanning out from the fire leading to some haze near the fire, sunny skies were observed today with RH again low, bottoming out in the mid teens and lower twenties in the higher elevations mid twenties to lower thirties in the valleys. Winds across the fire were from the W-SW in the afternoon and were generally light with gusts 10-12 mph on the upper ridges. Terrain driven winds were observed for the lower slopes and valleys. Temperatures peaked in the upper 60s to mid 70s range.

Outlook:

Dry weather will continue through early next week. The air mass will also remain dry this weekend with low relative humidities during the day and moderate to occasionally poor overnight recoveries at the mid slopes and ridges at night. The valley will have much better overnight recoveries with an inversion. Dry air and mostly light winds are expected Sunday into early next week. Precipitation is unlikely through the middle of next week, but humidities should begin to increase. A pattern change to colder and wetter conditions is possible late next week.