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Elk Fire 2021

Unit Information

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

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The Elk Fire is 100% contained as of April 9, 2021.

In the afternoon of Sunday, April 4, Klamath National Forest firefighters responded to a fire in the Elk Creek area, about seven miles southeast of the town of Happy Camp.  CAL FIRE resources also responded with a helicopter and a fire crew.

Rugged terrain and numerous snags from previous fires in the area presented challenges for firefighters and, as of Monday morning (April 5, 2021), the #ElkFire had grown to 43acres.

About 25 firefighters are assigned to the Elk Fire, with one crew, two engines, and a water tender. Firefighters are patrolling firelines and mopping up.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Please remember to be careful with all potential ignition sources this spring. There is no rain in the forecast for the Klamath National Forest and conditions are unseasonably dry. Please do your part to prevent wildfires. Remember, one less spark, one less wildfire.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginSunday April 04th, 2021 approx. 02:00 PM
LocationElk Creek area, approximately 7 miles southeast of Happy Camp, CA
Incident CommanderMario Gomez ICT3, Matt Prentiss ICT3(t)
Incident DescriptionWildfire In The Elk Creek Drainage Of The Happy Camp/oak Knoll Ranger District Of The Klamath National Forest
Coordinates41.721 latitude, -123.296 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel25
Size43 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber with many dead snags from previous fires


Planned Actions

Mop up, patrol

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

No precipitation forecasted