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Slater/Devil Fires

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

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10/01/2020 Slater and Devil Fires Daily Update for 10/1/20
Slater and Devil Fires Update Thursday, October 1, 2020 7:30 a.m. Fire origin: September 8, 2020 South Zone Slater/Devil Fire Info (530) 324-2528; 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. North Zone Slater Fire Info...
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The Slater Fire started during the night of 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.

As of September 29, 2020, the Slater Fire is estimated at 154,145 acres and is 45% 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 8,410 acres and is 20% contained. The combined fires are 162,512 acres. 
As of September 29, 2020

There have been some evacuation changes, please refer to your local county’s Sheriff’s Office for details. County sheriffs continue to work with fire leadership to determine when to modify evacuation levels.  

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:  Evacuation Levels were reduced to Levels 1 or 2 in most areas near the Slater Fire. 

For Specific Evacuation Information contact:

Josephine County information: 541-474-5305 or,, or

Siskiyou County information: (530) 841-2900 or

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

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region extended the Regional Order through September 30, 2020, temporarily closing nine national forests, including the Six Rivers and Klamath National Forests. The region is under emergency fire restrictions. 

Effective September 28, 2020, parts of both the Wild Rivers Ranger District and Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District reopened.  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 the South Obenchain Fire. Closure area maps are available 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 CommanderDoug Turman, NR Team 2 Ted Kunze, OSFM Blue
Coordinates41.766 latitude, -123.375 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1,054
Size154,145 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained48%
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




Isolated Torching

Hot and dry conditions persist in the fire area, drying fuels out after the last wetting event.

As fuels become available across the fire area, flanking, backing, and potential interior torching may be observed.


Planned Actions

Continue mop-up and patrol in and around the threatened communities in or near the Slater Fire perimeter. Continue with direct line construction and prepare roads above Thompson Creek heading north. Continue to tie in the slop-overs west of Hwy 199. Continue mop-up and holding in Knopki Cr (east of Hwy 199), areas west of HWY 199, and areas South of Holland Loop along Althouse Creek Rd. Tie in and secure firelines from Hwy 199 into Illinois Valley along the northwest flank of the Slater Fire amongst structures and communities.

Crews will continue clearing along the Happy Camp/Grayback Rd.

Devil Fire:

Crew will continue to utilize direct and indirect line along the north, west, and east flanks. Contingency lines are in place. The south edge of the fire has been cold trailed from the Pacific Crest Trail west towards Fort Goff Creek. Crews are working on direct line on the flank into Fort Goff Creek.

Projected Incident Activity

A persistent high pressure will preside over the Slater and Devil Fires. This could lead to active fires with the very low relative humidity and high temperature. The burn period will be extended as there is minimal humidity recovery overnight.


Planned transfer of command from Northern Rockies Team 2 to Pacific Northwest Team 7 for Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 0600am, in-brief will be on October 1, 2020.

Majority of operational resources in OR provided by ODF.

Acreage by State -

CA: 109,860

OR: 44,286

Slater Fire Acreage by Ownership:

KNF: 76,604

RSF: 58,230

SRF: 4,555

BLM: 2,662

BIA: 80


Devil Fire Acreage by Ownership:

KNF: 4,897

RSF: 3,512

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

Warm and dry conditions occurred across the fires today. Overnight into the early morning the relative humidity recovered about 25% along the ridges with strong thermal belts keeping temperatures in the 60s. At high elevations winds were southeast 10-15 mph with gusts around 25 mph. Generally calm winds in the morning rose to northwest to southwest 5-7 mph winds with ridge level gusts of 12-15 mph. The afternoon temperatures this afternoon have warmed into the 80s at most elevations with a few low 90s. Smoke from the fires to the south continued to track north across the fire area.

A hot, dry, and smoky pattern will continue through Thursday as a strong upper level ridge remains in place over the area. Higher elevation relative humidity will remain very dry moderating slightly through the week with maximums around 25% tonight gradually climbing to 30% by Friday. Lower elevation and valley recoveries will be 605 tonight and improving on Friday and Saturday night at around 80%. Afternoon highs will remain in the 90s in the lower elevations and in the 80s for the higher elevations. Winds will follow a daily pattern of light southeast at night changing to a light northwest wind in the afternoon.