Salmon August Complex Fire Update for August 19, 2017
Incident: Salmon August Complex Wildfire
Salmon-August Complex Update
August 19, 2017
Date Started: August 11, 2017 Total Size: 4,371 acres
Cumulative Containment: 20% Total Personnel: 304
Operational update: This complex of six fires is being managed by SoCal Team 1 (Type 2 Incident Management Team) which assumed management at 0600 hours today. The fires were caused by thunderstorms generating lightning on August 13th. Two fires are 100% contained: Garden and Pointers; Grizzly – 80%; Island – 60%; Mary and Wallow – 0%.
Activities today will focus on fuel preparation along the PCT such as cutting and stacking brush and removing hazard trees in anticipation of a potential hand firing operation, scheduled to occur later this evening if conditions are right. This will use low intensity fire to consume ground vegetation ahead of the main fire to hold the containment line to the wilderness side of the PCT.
Both hand and aerial ignitions are expected to occur throughout the weekend in the northeastern section of the Wallow Fire. Be alert for increased fire vehicle traffic and personnel on valley and mountain roads. Please obey closed road and trailhead postings for public and firefighter safety. Expect increased smoke impacts from the firing activities in the Etna-Ft. Jones and I-5 corridors, though smoke dispersion should be a little better today.
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 (Forest Trail No. 5532) 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 and is the main fire of concern. It’s approximately 2,600 acres with 0% containment. Active fire behavior in the late-afternoon with uphill runs, group torching, and short-range spotting contributed to its growth. CAL FIRE continues its work to improve access on private roads adjacent to the Marble Mountain Wilderness and to reinforce established lines to shorten the access time for crews into the site prep areas near the PCT. 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 No. 5405 is closed at Mule Bridge. The fire is unstaffed.
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.
Pointers Fire: is located below the Pacific Crest Trail three miles north of Etna Summit and is unstaffed. It is 2.5 acres, 100% contained.
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 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/For updated smoke forecasts, please visit: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/NWCaliforniaFires#Overview