July Complex Update, September 16, 2014
Incident: July Complex Wildfire
Date of Fire Start: July 31, 2014 Cause: Lightning Complex Total: 78% Cost: $49.6M Resources: Total Personnel: 190 Hand Crews: 3 Engines: 2 Water Tenders: 1 Helicopters: 4Last night the Man Fire grew into the main body of the Happy Camp Complex North of Elk Peak. This morning the July Complex acreage is 50,042 total for the three fires. The Happy Camp Complex will absorb the management of the Man Fire at 0600 Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The July Complex will maintain the management of the Log and Whites Fires. Man Fire: 12,630 acres and 22 percent containment: High wind, dry fuels, and steep and rugged terrain may bring the potential of moderate to active fire growth. The fire is expected to continue to spread west towards Spirit Lake, north towards Rainy Lake, and south toward the 2005 Wooley Fire. The fire remains active in the headwaters of Wooley Creek. Construction of fireline along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) continues toward Man Eaten Lake. On the east side, fire crews continue to be successful holding and strengthening the fireline along the PCT from Whiskey Camp on the west to Man Eaten Lake on the southeast. Crews will be falling hazard trees and suppressing the fire along the PCT corridor. Firefighters continue using full suppression strategy. Crews will continue to use Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) — utilizing geographic features and natural barriers to reduce impacts to the wilderness values. Whites Fire: 33,763 acres and 98 percent containment: Pockets of unburned fuel well within the fire perimeter are expected to ignite and may produce visible smoke. The remaining uncontained fireline is in rugged and rocky terrain and has been successfully held in place with bucket work from helicopters. Log Fire: 3,632 acres and 100 percent containment Fire Weather/Behavior: Gusty winds are expected again today. Winds from the south will range 6-12mph and may gust to as high as 30mph. Relative humidity is predicted to be 15-35 percent in the region today. Temperatures will have a wide range, 60-90 degrees. Emergency Forest Closures: A number of Emergency Forest Closure Orders have been implemented for public and fire fighter safety. For details see http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices Evacuation Orders: advisories and road closure information for the July Complex is available at www.fs.usda.gov/klamath, or www.co.siskiyou.ca.us or Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1snfZFQ For smoke information: www.californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/ This will be the last update from the July Complex. For continues information please contact the Salmon/Scott River Ranger District at (530) 468 5351.