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Slater/Devil Fires

Unit Information

Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St
Yreka, CA 96097

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Phone: 530-324-2528
Hours: 8am to 9pm

Highlighted Activity

10/29/2020 Slater and Devil Fires Update for 10/30/2020
Slater Fire – 157,095 acres and 85% containmentThe Slater fire continues to show only scattered and isolated interior heat. Fire behavior remains limited along the fire edge on the southwest aspect.
News - 10/29/2020
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The Slater Fire started on September 8, near Slater Butte Fire Lookout on the Klamath National Forest. It is currently burning on the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Rogue-Siskiyou National Forests in Siskiyou and Del Norte Counties in California and Josephine County in Oregon. Road closure and evacuations are in place due to the Slater Fire.

The Devil Fire, which was detected on September 9, 2020, is located north of Upper Devil's Peak on the Klamath National Forest.
For Specific Evacuation Information contact:

Anyone interested in accessing their home or property should contact the local sheriff’s office.

Siskiyou County information: (530) 841-2900 or

Del Norte County information: (707) 464-7213 or  and

 Closures: The Klamath, Six Rivers, and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests have issued fire area closure orders in effect for the Slater and Devil Fires. The Pacific Southwest Region is under emergency fire restrictions, although the use of gas stoves is allowed in open developed recreation sites. Find updated closure orders and maps at:,, and

Portions of both the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest’s Wild Rivers Ranger District and Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District have reopened for use.  Some areas remain closed for emergency crews’ safety and to allow for fire suppression and burned area recovery.  Find updated closure orders and maps at:

The Bureau of Land Management Medford District has public lands closures in effect near the Slater Fire and South Obenchain Fire. Find closure area maps at:   

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday September 08th, 2020 approx. 06:43 AM
LocationCommunity of Happy Camp and Surrounding Area
Incident CommanderT3-North Slater-Monty Edwards T3-South Slater-Brad Rafeedy
Coordinates41.766 latitude, -123.375 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel271
Size157,095 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained85%
Estimated Containment DateSunday November 15th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory) Brush (2 feet)


Fuels outside of recent fire scars are mixed conifer overstory with litter, small trees, and brush understory. Low canopy base heights are common with ladder fuels connecting surface to crown. Recent fire scars are light timber litter and brush fuel models with varying amounts of large down wood.

Significant Events




The Slater fire continues to show only scattered and isolated interior heat sources, with limited active fire edge (backing and flanking) remaining on the southwest aspect of Swan Mountain, and along portions the headwater of Thompson Creek in the Red Buttes Wilderness and Kangaroo Mountain Roadless Area. At present only limited areas fire spread with areas of smoldering and surface creep on southern aspects.


Planned Actions

Secure, patrol, and mop-up control lines. Fire suppression repair and hazard tree removal.

Projected Incident Activity

A shallow, mostly dry cold front may bring slightly cooler temperatures followed by another round of east winds Friday night into Saturday. Very dry, with light winds over upper slopes providing limited potential for fire activity. Remaining fire activity is limited to widely scattered and

24 hours: isolated interior heavy fuels (log ends, stump holes) that will continue to consume producing limited amounts of smoke. Continued areas of active backing and flanking fire behavior on exposed upper slopes of Swan Mtn., and upper Thompson Creek. Increased smoke production in the Swan Mtn. and upper Thompson Creek headwaters area due to dry fuels and very low relative humidity.


Agencies involved: Klamath National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest, Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest,

Oregon Medford BLM, Oregon Dept. Of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal, National Park Service

(Oregon Caves NM.). Two Geographic Areas (NOPS, Region 5, PNW, Region 6)

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A strong inversion in place this morning is resulting in very low RHs on the ridge tops. It will be very warm and dry again this afternoon by late October standards. Poor RH recoveries are again expected tonight into Friday morning across the upper slopes and ridges. A weak cold front and associated marine push Friday into Saturday will bring higher RH and lower temperatures, as well as another surge of

moderate easterly winds across southwestern Oregon and northwestern California. High pressure is then likely to gradually give way to low pressure troughing over the Pacific Northwest next week with increasing probabilities of precipitation with time beginning on Election Day.