Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St.
Yreka, CA 96097
Salmon-August Complex Update
August 22, 2017
Date Started: August 11, 2017 Total Size: 8,819.5 acres
Cumulative Containment: 11% Total Personnel: 535
Operational update: Winds switched to the southwest yesterday, resulting in the Wallow Fire pushing east. There were spot fires that crossed the Pacific Crest Trail near Shelly Fork and Glendenning Fork toward the Kidder Creek area. Due to the fire crossing over to state responsibility area, CAL FIRE has joined in unified command with the US Forest Service.
By going into a unified command, a joint management of the incident is established. This will allow for timely decision-making to accomplish incident goals. Both agencies will continue to work together to ensure resources are used effectively to protect life, property, and the environment.
Fire fighters will focus on containing the multiple spot fires utilizing ground resources. Aircraft will also assist ground assets in containment, but due to smoke conditions, aerial firefighting may be limited. Fire managers are also looking at areas ahead of the fire to create containment lines, identify structure defense needs, and improve existing roads for access should the fire spread.
There is a Red Flag warning in effect for today that may result in erratic winds and thunderstorms over the fire area. There is also a possibility of dry lightning strikes which may cause new fires. There are no evacuation orders at this time, but residents are always encouraged to be prepared to evacuate when notified. Go to www.readyforwildfire.org for preparation information.
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
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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: 6,917 acres; 18% containment. Spot fires have crossed the Pacific Crest Trail.
Island Fire: 1,539 acres; 60% containment. The fire is in a confined strategy; allowing the fire to continue to burn to the west until it burns itself out. The fire continues to be monitored by fire fighters to ensure this.
Mary Fire: 88 acres; 0% containment; is located five miles south of Cecilville on the divide between the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests. Because this fire is distant from private property or other values, it has been a low priority for firefighting resources. Yesterday, nine firefighters worked establishing containment line on the northeast portion of the fire, where it was most likely to move given forecasted winds and conditions.
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 within Siskiyou County can expect to see smoke for the next several days, from this complex and surrounding fires. 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