Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1809 Fairlane Road Yreka California 96097
Yreka, CA 96097
Salmon-August Complex Update
August 24, 2017
Date Started: August 11, 2017 Total Size: 11,969.5 acres
Cumulative Containment: 16% Total Personnel: 1,081
Operational update: Yesterday, fire fighters saw an increase in fire activity due to warmer temperatures, winds pushing fire through canyons, and smoke inversion clearing. Crews continue attempting to contain spot fires to the Babs Creek and Glendennig Fork area. Fire fighters will continue to work to prevent the spread of the Wallow Fire east of Babs Creek and north of Sawyers Bar Road. On the southern end of the complex, there was another fire caused by lightning found 2.5 miles east of the Garden Fire during aerial reconnaissance. A helitack crew was inserted and are keeping the fire from spreading, and containment is expected by the end of the day. The fire is less than one acre.
In addition to fire containment, fire fighters have also identified and put into place contingent lines to be utilized if the fire continues to spread towards the communities in the Scott Valley. Currently there are no evacuation orders or warnings in place. Residents should, however, be prepared to evacuate when notified. Information on evacuation and can be found at http://www.readyforwildfire.org/.
The Mary Fire continues to be the number two priority on the incident. Check lines on the fire have been successful for fire fighters. The fire is currently 93 acres and at 10% containment. There are over 1,000 personnel working on the Salmon August Complex Fires. This includes hundreds of fire fighters working in steep and difficult terrain with hot and dry weather conditions.
Temperatures are expected to increase and relative humidity will decrease in the next few days, with highs in the 100’s with a relative humidity in the low teens. Winds are expected today, with gusts up to 25 mph. Winds are currently coming out of the southwest, but will change this evening from the northeast.
There is a community meeting scheduled in Fort Jones today at 6:00 p.m. at the Fort Jones Community Center.
11960 East Street, Fort Jones
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: 10,035 acres; 16% containment. Fire fighters continue to extinguish and contain the spot fires that crossed the Pacific Crest Trail with ground crews and bulldozers.
Island Fire: 1,564 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: 95 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