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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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Incident Contact

Public Information Office
Email: 2020.Slater@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-324-2528
Hours: 8am to 9pm

Highlighted Activity

09/26/2020 Slater and Devil Fires Daily Update for 9/26/20
SummaryFire personnel took advantage of the recent moderating weather conditions to focus on mopping up, improving existing lines, conducting strategic firing operations and constructing line around..
News - 09/26/2020
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The Slater Fire started during the night of September 7, 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.

As of September 24, 2020, the Slater Fire is estimated at 152,232acres and is 25% contained. The Devil Fire, which was detected on September 9, 2020, is located north of Upper Devil's Peak on the Klamath National Forest. It is currently estimated at 8,173 acres and is 18% contained. The combined fires are 160,405acres. 
 
As of September 21, 2020

Evacuations:

California: EVACUATION ORDERS remain in effect for areas that were heavily damaged in Indian Creek. Evacuation advisory for Seiad Valley and along the Hwy 96/Klamath River corridor from Seiad to Thompson Creek.

Oregon: Josephine County Sheriff's Office reduced the Level 1 "BE READY" status of the Selma area to zero. The residences adjacent to Cave Junction city limits will remain on a Level 1 "BE READY."  

The area along US Hwy 199 from Gene Brown Rd to 37265 Redwood Hwy remains in a Level 2 "BE SET" status.  This includes Gene Brown Rd, Arrowhead Dr, and Leuizenger Ck/NF-9938 Rd.

Addresses greater than 37265 Redwood Hwy will remain in a Level 3 “GO” evacuation status. As a reminder, if weather or fire behavior changes, the evacuation level could be raised to Level 3 “GO.”  

Evacuation Information:

 •Siskiyou County evacuation information: www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff/

•Del Norte County evacuation information: www.facebook.com/DelNorteOfficeOfEmergencyServices and https://www.preparedelnorte.com/

•Josephine County evacuation information: https://www.facebook.com/josephinecountyEM

•Josephine County resources: Josephine County Fire Information Center 541-474-5305 (7am-10pm) or online at:  https://www.co.josephine.or.us/fire and www.rvem.org

Road Closures:

Highways 199 and 96 have re-opened.  There are wildland fire fighters and public utility workers still working along the Highways.  Please be aware of them and drive carefully through the fire scar areas.  If you have any questions, contact the Siskiyou Emergency Operations Center at (530) 643-3662.

Public Land Closures:

National Forest Closures, California: The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has extended the Regional Order temporarily closing some national forests in California – nine remain closed, including the Six Rivers and Klamath (including the portion in Oregon) national forests. This decision will continue to be reviewed daily with evolving fire and weather conditions. The entire region is also under emergency fire restrictions.  

National Forest Closures, Oregon:  The Wild Rivers and Siskiyou Mountains Ranger Districts are currently closed due to extreme fire danger. These closures cover all National Forest forested areas, developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, day use areas, wilderness areas, and all forest roads and trails within those two Districts. 

Bureau of Land Management Closures: The Bureau of Land Management Medford District has temporarily closed all Bureau of Land Management-administered public lands south of Grants Pass, Interstate 5, and U.S. Route 199 to the border of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Maps of the closure areas are available on the Bureau of Land Management’s website:  www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions.


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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 CommanderDoug Turman, NR Team 2 Ted Kunze, OSFM Blue
Coordinates41.766 latitude, -123.375 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1,128
Size153,850 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained27%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Medium Logging Slash

Brush (2 feet)

Heavy timber fuel loadings with medium slash loading. Vegetation in recent fire scars are brush fuel model with downed woody component.

Significant Events

Cloudy conditions with higher relative humidity and lower temperatures have moderated fire activity.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue mop-up and patrol in and around the threatened communities of Happy Camp, Indian Creek, and in DIV MM, F, and W. Continue with direct line construction and prep roads above Thompson Creek heading north, aerial ignition of indirect sections above Thompson Creek. Continue to Utilize direct/indirect attack to tie in the slop-overs west of Hwy 199. Continue tactical firing and blacklining in Knopki Cr (east of Hwy 199), areas west of HWY 199, and areas South of Holland Loop along Althouse Cr Rd. Tie in and secure firelines from Hwy 199 into Illinois Valley along the northwest flank of the fire amongst structures and communities. Implement structure protection plans by prepping and triaging; continue to maintain a presence and complete additional assessment of structures within communities north of the fire area. Scouting for opportunities to utilize direct firelines. Evaluate suppression actions needed for Thompson Creek moving north. Crew continue clearing along the Happy Camp/Grayback Rd.

Remarks

Slater Fire - Approximately 153,850 acres, 27% contained.

Devil Fire - Approximately 8,406 acres, 18% containment.

Portions of the fire in Oregon are in Unified Command with Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM). Majority of operational resources in OR have been provided by OSFM and ODF. Acreage by State - CA: 109,605 OR: 44,205 Acreage by Ownership: KNF: 75,885; RSF: 58,165; SRF: 4,553; BLM: 2,630; PVT:12,537 BIA: 80 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

Conditions warmed and dried across the fire area as compared to yesterday but overall were on the mild side. Highs reached the low 70s in valley, mid to upper 60s mid-slopes and lower ridges, while temperatures at the 6000 ft level remained in the mid-40s, RH minimums generally were in low 40%s with low 30%s near Happy Camp and an overnight minimum of 23% on Bolan Peak. Winds were generally SW 10 to 15 mph along ridges with gusts 20 to 25 mph. Winds in lower elevation open areas ranged from SW to NW in direction and gusted 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Showers are expected to move into the fire area this evening. A strengthening upper level ridge will bring a rapid warming and drying trend for the weekend with critical fire weather conditions expected for Sun and Mon. Light N-NW winds Sat morning will increase to 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph in the afternoon then turn northeasterly Sat night increasing to 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph overnight. NE wind will further increase to 20 to 30 mph Sun with gusts 40 to 45 mph possible in exposed locations with these strong NE winds persisting Sunday night through Mon morning. RHs will begin to drop gradually on Sat and then plummet more rapidly Sat night through Sun as offshore flow strengthens and a very dry air aloft moves into the area. RHs Sun will be driest along ridges reaching the low teens. Nighttime RHs will remain extremely low through Sun night, only recovering to around 20% mid slopes on ridges. For Mon min RHs in the low teens are expected at all elevations. Winds will shift to the E-SE on Mon and diminish in strength Mon afternoon through Mon night with light wind but very hot and dry pattern expected for Tue through Thu.