Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St
Yreka, CA 96097
Oak, Cedar and Clear Fire Update, August 15
Happy Camp, CA – August 15, 2017 A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 16, at 6:00 p.m. at the Grange Hall in Happy Camp. Fire managers will provide information and answers about the lightning fires on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District, including Oak, Cedar, and Clear. Oak Fire - The Oak Fire, which was started by lightning on August 11, is burning in Oak Flat Creek, about five miles west of Happy Camp. The fire is estimated at 200 acres and 0% contained. Firefighters made good progress yesterday building and strengthening containment and contingency lines. The fire was quiet overnight. Yesterday fire activity was moderate. The fire briefly crossed road 16N22, but a retardant drop and quick work by nearby firefighters stopped the spread. The fire has not crossed Oak Flat Creek. Fire managers expect a handline on the south side to be completed today. With that handline in place, along with a water system along the line, fire managers believe the fire can be held at the creek, with no further spread to the south. The dozer and handline on the ridge to the west would then serve as a contingency line. Opportunities for a fireline closer to the northern part of the fire are being assessed today. To provide for public and firefighter safety, an emergency closure for access routes to the Oak Fire area may be issued. In the meantime, the public is advised to avoid the Oak Flat Creek area. Cedar Fire – The Cedar Fire is located near the confluence of Cedar Creek and Thompson Creek, about eight miles northwest of Seiad Valley. The Cedar Fire is approximately 369 acres and 0% contained. A water system on a critical section of Thompson Creek is in place to hold the fire east of the creek. Yesterday good progress continued on clearing road 19N01, the Thompson Creek Road, from south to north. A road about two miles north from the clearing work is being assessed for a place to keep the fire from spreading up the drainage. Work on the handline on the east side is steady, with crews building line a line from Tim’s Peak in heavy timber and steep, rugged terrain. Crews are staying on-site to minimize travel time. Cedar Fire crews are also helping with two small nearby lighting fires. Emergency Closure Order No. 14-05-798 for the Cedar Fire has been issued. Please see Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5482/ ) for a complete list of roads and trails that are closed to protect the public and firefighting operations. The closure order is also posted at several locations in Seiad Valley. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is not affected by road or trail closures, although other trails near the fire, including the Boundary Trail west of the junction with the PCT, are currently closed to the public. Clear Fire - The Clear Fire is located about seven miles southwest of Happy Camp. The fire size remains the same at 6,700 acres with 78% containment. Crews are patrolling the firelines and working on suppression repair, such as chipping brush and improving drainage on firelines. Fire personnel and equipment are being shared among the three large fires and assisting initial attack on new fires on the Happy Camp Ranger District. About 852 people are working on the Oak, Cedar, and Clear fires. Northern California firefighters are working on numerous new lightning fires. The public is urged to be especially careful with fire. Remember ‘One less spark, one less wildfire.’ For more information see http://www.readyforwildfire.org/One-Less-Spark-Campaign/ . A warming and drying pattern continues today. The fires are expected to become more active and produce more smoke, which may affect Happy Camp, Seiad Valley, and the Highway 96 corridor downriver. A daily Air Quality Report is posted on the each of the fire Inciweb pages.
Additional information about the Oak, Cedar, and Clear Fires is available on the U.S. Forest Service – Klamath National Forest Facebook page, on Inciweb, and on bulletin boards in Happy Camp. Information can also be obtained from the Happy Camp Ranger District at (530) 493-2243.