Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St.
Yreka, CA 96097
Salmon-August Complex Update
August 26, 2017
Date Started: August 11, 2017 Total Size: 12,897 acres
Cumulative Containment: 16% Total Personnel: 1,362
Operational update: Fire fighters continue to aggressively suppress and contain the Wallow Fire. The fire continues to spread steadily towards the southwest. Crews are improving and strengthening lines to prevent fire spread towards the Scott Valley, as well as improving contingency lines.
Fire behavior was moderate again overnight due to the smoke inversion layer and light winds. Increased temperatures and lower relative humidity expected through the weekend will bring the potential for increased fire activity. Fire conditions are in alignment to burn toward the ridge line. Steep rocky terrain with significant dead and down fuels, standing timber and predicted higher temperatures and lower humidity beginning this afternoon are a few of the challenges firefighters face on the line.
There is a new forest closure within the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area including a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail. Effective August 26th, 2017 until the Salmon August Complex Fire is declared out, Salmon August Complex Fire Order No. 17-05-804 is in effect. Details of closure points can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/#.
The Pacific Crest Trail No. 2000 (Pacific Crest Trail) is included in the new closure from the intersection with Forest Trail No. 5545 (Kidder Creek Trail) to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5542 (Shackleford Trail).
Information regarding the closure and area map can be found on the closure order found on InciWeb.
Wallow Fire: 10,850 acres; 16% confinement. Fire fighters are strengthening line as the fire burns into the Island Fire. There have been no new spot fires identified.
Island Fire: 1,635 acres; 60% confinement. The fire contains hot spots in the interior that firefighters are managing, allowing the fire to continue to burn to the west until it burns itself out. The fire continues to be monitored by firefighters to ensure this.
Mary Fire: 136 acres; 10% containment; located five miles south of Cecilville on the divide between the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests. Crews have cut line into the areas of most threat.
Rush Fire: .5 acres; 0% containment. Crews actively working line.
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