Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St.
Yreka, CA 96097
Salmon-August Complex Update
August 23, 2017
Date Started: August 11, 2017 Total Size: 9,577.5 acres
Cumulative Containment: 16% Total Personnel: 590
Operational update: The Salmon August Complex Fires currently have two active fires, the Mary and Wallow Fires. Fire fighters worked yesterday and will continue today to locate and contain multiple spot fires north of the Pacific Crest Trail on the Wallow Fire. Ground crews are focusing on containing the spot fires including the Babs Fork area to prevent further spread towards the communities in the Scott Valley. Bulldozers are also in the area constructing lines to prevent the northeast spread. Crews have opened old roads in the Kidder Creek area and improved them for firefighting access.
Tuesday’s thunderstorm brought minimal rain and lightning to the fire area. The precipitation lowered the fire’s intensity, and there are no new fires reported for the complex as a result of lighting. Crews reported moderate fire activity in areas of good visibility, however fire behavior was difficult to observe throughout the operational period due to the poor visibility from smoke inversion layer covering most of the fire.
There are no evacuation warnings or orders issued for the area at this time. Residents living in the surrounding fire area should be prepared to evacuate should they be notified, and are responsible to make arrangements to move personal property and livestock. Some residents, primarily those with special health needs or other concerns, should relocate during the evacuation warning stage.
The Mary Fire is currently 91 acres and at 10% containment. Smoke jumpers will remain on scene, and are constructing a check line to minimize fire spread to the northeast.
There is a community meeting scheduled in Fort Jones on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Fort Jones Community Center.
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: 7,672 acres; 16% containment. Fire fighters continue to extinguish and contain the spot fires that crossed the Pacific Crest Trail.
Island Fire: 1,539 acres; 60% confinement. 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: 91 acres; 10% 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 designated the number two priority for the complex.
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