Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St.
Yreka, CA 96097
Salmon-August Complex Update
August 21, 2017
Date Started: August 11, 2017 Total Size: 5,279 acres
Cumulative Containment: 12% Total Personnel: 473
Operational update: The complex contains six fires; three are 100% contained; three continue to be active. Forest and fire managers will continue to focus efforts on the Wallow Fire due to the impact the fire conditions could have on private lands if it spreads. The past two days of hand and aerial ignitions on the Wallow Fire have been successful and will continue to work to secure the fire’s edge at the Pacific Crest Trail. The ignitions involve ground crew using drip torches to apply fire in designated areas; aerial resources use a Plastic Sphere Dispenser (PSD) to drop flammable balls to areas that have been prepared for ignition. By containing the Wallow Fire’s growth to the east, the threat to private lands is reduced. The area of the fires is steep, difficult to access, and filled with many other hazards. This makes firing operations the best option for stopping the fire that is low intensity, burning undergrowth, and providing wildlife benefits. Firefighters will be assigned to the Mary Fire to assess the fire’s current condition and potential need for management actions.
The increase in acreage is due to the successful hand and aerial ignitions. The percent containment change is due to more accurate mapping of the fires within the complex. Fire camp was established Saturday in Etna. Today is the first day of school; drivers need to be alert for increased bus and car traffic, as well as children crossing the streets. Please observe closed road and trailhead postings for public and firefighter safety. Since hand and aerial ignitions will continue, expect increased smoke impacts in the Etna-Ft. Jones and I-5 corridors. Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Tuesday and could bring some precipitation.
A community meeting will be held tonight, 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: 3,838 acres; 0% containment. In the Marble Mountain; 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: 1,539 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: 76 acres; 0% containment; is located five miles south of Cecilville on the divide between the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests. 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: 90 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 the communities between Yreka and Etna 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