Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St
Yreka, CA 96097
Salmon-August Complex Update
August 27, 2017
Date Started: August 11, 2017 Total Size: 13,838 acres
Cumulative Containment: 19% Total Personnel: 1,403
Operational update: There are over 1,400 personnel assigned to the Salmon August Complex Fires, and the US Forest Service and CAL FIRE continue to be in unified command. Fire fighters from all over the country have arrived to assist in containing the fire. Although there was an increase in fire activity on the Wallow Fire yesterday, most of it was observed southwest of the Pacific Crest Trail. Crews have made significant progress in containing the spot fires north of the PCT that started earlier in the week. Fire fighters are also continuing to work around structures to create barriers for contingency lines in case the fire spreads east towards communities in the Scott Valley.
Although the fire area contains steep and rocky terrain, fire crews continue to mount aggressive direct attack along the fire’s edge to stop its growth. Large down trees and dead fuels are what continue to provide material that will eventually be consumed over the next few days.
Weather for the next two days is expected to have temperatures up to 100 degrees, with low relative humidity resulting in critical fire weather. Slight clearing of smoke has improved conditions for visibility and aircraft use, but it will result in some fire growth as the heat will penetrate the surface fuels. Fire fighters are prepared for conditions that may intensify fire behavior today which could include some growth in the Pointers Creek drainage.
The Marble Mountain Wilderness area, including a segment of the PCT is closed until the Salmon August Complex Fire is declared out. 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: 11,765 acres; 16% confinement. Fire fighters are strengthening contingency lines northeast of the PCT to create fire barriers.
Island Fire: 1,655 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: 142 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
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