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Salmon August Complex

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Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1809 Fairlane Road Yreka California 96097
Yreka, CA 96097

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Salmon August Complex Fire Update for August 18, 2017

Salmon August Complex Wildfire
News – 8/18/2017

Salmon-August Complex Update

August 18, 2017

Date Started: August 13, 2017 Total Size: 4,418 acres

Cumulative Containment: 20% Total Personnel: 356

Operational update: This complex of six fires is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team. There will be an in-brief today with an incoming Type 2 Incident Management Team at 1800 and a transfer of command will occur Saturday, August 19, 2017.

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Etna Summit north to Lovers Camp Trailhead (Forest Trail No. 5532). Forest Closure Order 17-05-799 remains in effect and is being revised to include Lovers Camp Trailhead for the Salmon August Complex as follows:

Forest Trail No. 5419 (Cabin Gulch Trail).

Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail).

Forest Trail No. 5405 (North Fork Salmon Trail), beginning at the Mule Bridge Trailhead Developed Recreation Site and continuing northerly to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail).

Forest Trail No. 2000 (Pacific Crest Trail), beginning at its intersection with County Road No. 1C01 (Sawyer Bar Road) and continuing northerly to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5545 (Kidder Creek Trail)

Forest Trail No. 5403 (Bug Gulch Trail), beginning at its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5401 (Right Hand Fork Trail) and continuing westerly to its intersection with Grant Creek.

Wallow Fire: is located near Bear Wallow Peak in the Marble Mountain Wilderness on the Klamath NF. It’s estimated around 2,600 acres and is 0% contained. Active fire behavior in the late-afternoon with uphill runs, group torching, and short-range spotting contributed to its significant growth. The Wallow Fire spotted across the Right Hand North Fork Salmon River and is established on the other side of the drainage. Aviation resources are working to slow its spread while firefighters prepare the Pacific Crest Trail to utilize it as a containment line. CAL FIRE continues its work to improve access on private roads adjacent to the Marble Mountain Wilderness and to reinforce established lines. Crews have been inserted on the Pacific Crest Trail from the North Fork of the Salmon River and have started prepping the area for planned aerial and hand ignitions that will take place over the next few days. Expect to see an increase in smoke and fire activity in the area as suppression tactics are implemented.

Island Fire: is three miles west of the Wallow at 1,473 acres and is 60% contained. It is creeping and smoldering, and is being monitored by air resources. Due to the increased fire activity, the North Fork Salmon Trail number 5405 is closed at Mule Bridge. The fire is unstaffed.

Pointers Fire: is located below the Pacific Crest Trail three miles north of Etna Summit and is unstaffed. It is 2 ½ acres, and it is at 100% containment.

Mary Fire: is located five miles south of Cecilville on the divide between the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests. It is estimated at 46 acres. Due to this fire being distant from private property or other values, it is a low priority for firefighting resources and is currently unstaffed. 0% containment.

Grizzly Fire: is located four miles southeast of Petersburg. It is estimated to be 66 acres. It is at 80% containment. Crews continue to mop up.

Garden Fire: is located four miles east of Petersburg, entirely in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area. Crews are mopping up the fire 100-200 feet in from the fire perimeter. The fire is at 183 acres and 100% containment.

Residents in Ft. Jones can expect to see smoke for the next several days, as smoke from this complex and surrounding fires continue to affect the area. A daily Air Quality Report is posted on the fire Inciweb page.

Please continue to be careful with fire, and remember, “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.” For more information see http://www.readyforwildfire.org/One-Less-Spark-Campaign/ .

For updated fire information, please visit InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/

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