Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1809 Fairlane Road
Yreka, CA 96097
Island Fire Update for July 15 and 16
Fort Jones, CA – July 15, 2017 – The Island fire continues to burn with low to moderate intensity. The western perimeter is burning into rocky areas with little vegetation on the ridge below English Peak and near Lake of the Island. The southern and eastern edges are backing into Lake of the Island and Deer Lick drainages and will continue to advance. To the north, the fire continues to burn down into the North Fork Salmon River drainage. Today the fire is estimated to have burned 1,141 acres.
The Island Fire has three Wildland Fire Modules assigned to assist in firefighting operations. A Wildland Fire Module is a 7-10 person team of firefighting personnel trained in the areas of fire monitoring, ignition, holding and suppression, prescribed fire preparation and implementation support, hazard fuels reduction, and fire effects monitoring. They can be deployed anywhere in the United States for wildland fires, prescribed fires, and hazard fuel reduction projects. These crews are trained to be self-sufficient and can be deployed for up to 21 days with minimal support.
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is open through the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Hikers on the PCT from Etna Summit to Seiad may notice smoke from the fire. Alternative nearby wilderness areas that may have little or no smoke include the Russian Wilderness and the Trinity Alps. The Klamath National Forest has issued a fire restrictions order for several portions of the Forest. Please refer to the Klamath National Forest website for details on the restrictions https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices This order is effective from July 13, 2017, through the end of the official 2017 fire season.
Backcountry travelers are reminded to be careful with stoves and campfires. A California Campfire permit is required for anyone lighting an open fire, including campfires, barbeques and portable stoves on federal lands and private lands that are the property of another person. On private lands, written permission from the landowner is also required for campfires. Campfire permits are available on line at http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/.
Certain National Forest System trails located in the vicinity of the fire are closed to protect people from the risks associated with an active wildfire. These trails are Forest Trail No. 5424 (Lake of Island Trail), Forest Trail No. 5422 (Abbott Lake Trail), a portion of Forest Trail No. 5405 (North Fork Salmon Trail), and a portion of Forest Trail No. 5402 (Upper Abbotts Trail).
Additional information about the Island Fire is available on the U.S. Forest Service – Klamath National Forest Facebook page and on Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5304/). Smoke and air quality updates and forecasts can be found on the California Smoke Blog (https://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/) and on the Inciweb site. Information can also be obtained from the Salmon/Scott River Ranger District Fire Information line at (530) 468-1252 or by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.