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Yeti and Alex Fires

Unit Information

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

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Fire Information
Phone: 530-237-4330
Hours: 8am to 8pm

Highlighted Activity

08/16/2022 Update
 On Sunday August 14th, the Klamath National Forest Incident Management, Type 3 Team, assumed command of the Yeti Fire
News - 08/16/2022
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The Yeti Fire is burning on the Klamath National Forest in between the communities of Seiad and Happy Camp, California. The fire remains south of Highway 96. Fire activity is primarily minor interior smoke presence as small pockets of residual fuels are consumed. 
 
All evacuation warnings have been lifted for the Yeti Fire. 

A portion of Highway 96 is one-way controlled traffic due to the McKinney fire. Prior to traveling, please check CalTrans Road Conditions at https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ for the most current road conditions.

California Interagency Incident Management Team 10 will transfer command to the Klamath National Forest Type 3 organization on Sunday August 14th at 7 AM. 

For updated information on the McKinney Fire, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8287/.
 
 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginFriday July 29th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationSeiad Valley, south of HWY 96 and south of the Klamath River
Incident CommanderDave Ramirez ,IC Cody Stacher (t) Type 3
Coordinates41.868 latitude, -123.278 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel200
Size7,886 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday August 20th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Fuels are primarily mixed conifer and hardwood timber stands interspersed with brush patches. Primary surface fuels include timber litter, and timber with an understory of small conifer patches, and brush. Heavy fuel concentrations and abundant snags are found throughout the fire area. Low canopy base heights are common with ladder fuels connecting surface to crown.

Significant Events

Minimal

Creeping

Smoldering

Primary fire activity includes minor interior smoke presence as continued small pockets of fire consumes residual fuels. Successful direct suppression actions, coupled with aggressive mop-up have limited potential growth across the fire area. Continued reduction in activity is due to the fire having backed down to the Klamath River along all portions adjacent to Hwy 96. Minor pockets of fuel along the river corridor continue to smolder as fire continues to consume residual interior fuels.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Point protection will continue around values at risk. Crews will continue to mop up and keep the fire within the current containment lines. The fire suppression repair group has made good progress on all indirect and contingency lines.

Projected Incident Activity

A warming and drying weather pattern will continue to support the potential of very active fire behavior of any ignitions outside of fire perimeter. Isolated pockets of activity will continue interior, with limited opportunities for backing on steep slopes along the Klamath River. Rolling material and falling snags on steep slopes may cause flare ups within the fire perimeter.

Remarks

On August 14th at 0700 hrs, The Klamath National Forest Type 3 team assumed command of the Yeti Complex

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The low temperatures actually decreased again this morning with Happy Camp getting just below 50 degrees. High elevations stayed warmer in the low 60s thanks to easterly flow and a strong inversion. Relative humidity recoveries were very good above 85%, but ridgetop recoveries were poor, barely breaking above 30%. As of mid-afternoon, temperatures are running just a couple degrees warmer than yesterday with an expected high in the low to mid 90s in camp. Relative humidity is on track to bottom out in the upper teens. Winds are modest with gusts below 15 mph. Skies have been clear all day and building high pressure along with stronger westerly transport winds should prevent much smoke from moving north from the SRF complex this afternoon.