Salmon August Complex Fire Update for August 20, 2017
Incident: Salmon August Complex Wildfire
Salmon-August Complex Update
August 20, 2017
Date Started: August 11, 2017 Total Size: 3981 acres
Cumulative Containment: 27% Total Personnel: 304
Operational update: The complex contains six fires; three are 100% contained. Forest and fire managers have focused their efforts on the Wallow Fire due to the impact the fire conditions could have on private lands if it spreads. Last night on the Wallow Fire, firefighters started the first phase of firing operations to secure the fire’s edge at the Pacific Crest Trail. By containing the Wallow Fire’s growth to the east, the threat to private lands is reduced.
Fuel preparation activities will continue along the PCT such as cutting and stacking brush and removing hazard trees in anticipation of additional hand firing operations and aerial operations today. 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. The area of the fires is steep, difficult to access, and filled with dead trees. This makes firing operations the best option for stopping the fire.
Both hand and aerial firing 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 observe closed road and trailhead postings for public and firefighter safety. Expect increased smoke impacts from firing activities in the Etna-Ft. Jones and I-5 corridors.
A community meeting will be held Monday, August 21st at 5:30 pm at Etna High School, 400 Howell Ave, Etna 96027.
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: 2,158 acres; 0% containment. Located near Bear Wallow Peak in the Marble Mountain Wilderness on the Klamath NF and is the main fire of concern. 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.
Island Fire: 1,525 acres; 60% containment. Creeping and smoldering behavior; 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. 46 acres; 0 containment. Due to this fire being distant from private property or other values, it is a low priority for firefighting resources and is currently unstaffed.
Grizzly Fire: 66 acres; 100% containment. Monitor and assess for any future operation needs.
Pointers Fire: 2.5 acres; 100% containment.
Garden Fire: 183 acres; 100% containment.
Residents in Ft. Jones can expect to see smoke for the next several days, since smoke from this complex and surrounding fires continue to affect the area. A daily Air Quality Report is posted on the fire’s Inciweb page.
For updated fire information, please visit InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/
For updated smoke forecasts, please visit http://bit.ly/2uSYloh