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McCash Fire

Unit Information

Six Rivers National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1330 Bayshore Way
Eureka, CA 95501

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Phone: 530-380-2152
Hours: M-Su 7am - 7 pm

Highlighted Activity

09/27/2021 McCash Fire Update 9.27.2021
STATS: 93,244 acres | 48% contained  600 Personnel | 12 Crews | 27 Engines | 4 Dozers | 3 Masticators | 12 Water Tenders | 8 Aircraft  ORLEANS, Calif. – Activity on the McCash Fire...
News - 09/27/2021
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The McCash Fire was located on July 31, 2021 around 7:00 pm.  The fire was burning in timber with an understory of tall grass and brush in rugged, steep terrain in an area with limited roads and partially within the Marble Mountain Wilderness.  The nearest towns are Somes Bar and Happy Camp, CA (Siskiyou County). Full suppression tactics of confine and contain are being used to fight the fire.  
Daily Operations Update Video: Each morning an operations video update will be posted on the Six Rivers National Forest Facebook page. The video will cover what firefighters are working on and the plan for the day.

Evacuations: Siskiyou County reduced evacuation levels to a warning for the area west of Highway 96 and north of Independence Creek, Chicken Ladder Road, and Cougar Creek. Evacuations have been lifted entirely around Happy Camp north of Titus Ridge and Frying Pan Ridge. See a map of the most recent designations at: and an interactive map at: 

Smoke impacts are occurring throughout the area.
Smoke conditions from this fire and neighboring fires may affect local residents, especially the communities of Ti Bar, Somes Bar, Happy Camp, and Orleans. If you are smoke sensitive or have health issues, please limit your time outdoors.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday July 31st, 2021 approx. 07:11 PM
LocationTen Bear Mtn, McCash Creek
Incident CommanderNorm McDonald, Alaska IMT
Coordinates41.564 latitude, -123.404 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel600
Size93,244 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained48%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Light Logging Slash

Heavy dead and down fuels will maintain fire activity. Smoldering and creeping in deeper duff and litter.

Significant Events

Moderate Backing, Creeping, Single Tree Torching

Moderate fire activity. Winds will serve to increase fire activity on exposed slopes and ridgetops. Expect a decrease in fire behavior late afternoon and evening as clouds move in over the fire area. Creeping and smoldering will continue.


Planned Actions

Full suppression operations will continue on the fire. Resources are focusing on hotspotting from Bear Creek/Pacific Crest Trail north and then west over to Titus Ridge. Resources will continue to secure and mop-up south down Chicken Ladder Road, then west over to Hwy 96. Ground and air patrols continue on the east and west sides of the fire. Crews continue to mop-up, secure, and mitigate hazards along the 10 Bear, Camp 3, and Black Mountain Roads. Structure protection groups resume assessments, mitigations, and patrols in the communities. Repair group will develop a plan for repair and backhaul in both Branches.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Moderate fire activity with backing, flanking, and torching. Fire behavior will moderate overnight as clouds and precipitation move over the fire. Most fire activity of concern will be in lower Wooley Creek, Steinacher Ridge, and upper Wooley Creek. No significant perimeter growth expected.

24 hours: Rain will severely limit fire activity. Minimal fire behavior. No significant perimeter growth expected.

48 hours: Minimal fire activity as cool, damp weather continues. Smoldering and creeping. No significant fire growth expected.

72 hours: Minimal fire activity. Weather will start to warm and dry. Creeping and smoldering. No significant perimeter growth expected.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Minimal fire activity expected. Continued warmer and drier weather will start to allow fire activity to increase. Potential for some surface fire activity on south and west slopes as they dry. No significant perimeter growth expected.


The Little Marble Fire (CA-KNF-007809) is also being managed by AK IMT 1. The Little Marble Fire is 100% contained at 14 acres. It is being monitored by air.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Current weather: Skies were mostly sunny this afternoon, with high temperatures ranging from the low 70s at the ridges to the mid 80s in the lower elevations. Minimum relative humidity values ranged from the low to mid 20 percent range. The winds were out of the southwest with gusts to from 20 to 25 mph.

Predicted weather: A cold front will move across the fire Sunday night into Monday along with an increase in moisture. Light rain will develop and move into the fire area late Sunday night, with occasional light rain continuing across the fire area on Monday into Monday night. Total accumulations of rainfall will range from .50 to .75 inches. Temperatures will be much cooler on Monday with highs mainly in the 60s. The light rain will end early on Tuesday and skies will become mostly sunny by the afternoon hours. A warming and drying trend will begin on Wednesday and continue through the end of the week.