Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St.
Yreka, CA 96097
Salmon-August Complex Update
August 30, 2017
Date Started: August 11, 2017 Total Size: 20,438 acres
Cumulative Containment: 19% Total Personnel: 1,577
Operational update: The Salmon August Complex Fires have grown to over 20,000 acres, with 1,577 personnel assigned to the incident. The Wallow Fire is located on the northern flank of the complex and remains the largest and most active fire. Crews were able to keep the fire in check on the northern end near the Kidder Creek and Shelly Fork area yesterday. The main fire has grown into the previous spot fires in Babs Creek, and is now established in the Patterson Creek Drainage. Crews worked to find access
to hold the fire in place and will continue their effort today. Fire fighters continue to strengthen contingency lines to prevent the spread towards communities in the Scott Valley.
Air operations was able to assist ground crews yesterday, and will continue today. There are 12 helicopters being shared with the Salmon August Complex Fires and surrounding complexes. They were used to drop water in the Etna Mill Creek near Etna Summit area, while air tankers dropped fire retardant in the Sawyers Bar Road north of the Pacific Crest Trail. Five air tankers made drops yesterday, but were later diverted to the Ponderosa Fire in Butte County. Four air tankers are on order for today.
The fire area will continue to have warming and drying conditions, with an increase in temperature for the next two days. Winds are also expected, which will contribute to an increase in fire behavior.
A forest closure order is in effect for the Marble Mountain Wilderness until the fire is declared out. 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). Details of closure points can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/#
Wallow Fire: 18,325 acres; 19% containment. Fire fighters working to prevent farther spread east of the PCT and south towards Abbott Ranch. This fire has grown into the Island Fire, and consumed it.
Island Fire: 1,692 acres; 60% confinement. There is very little heat detected, and there was no movement of the fire yesterday.
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: 3 acres; 50% containment. Helitac and hotshot crews were able to keep the fire in check, and the area is being monitored.
Grizzly Fire: 90 acres; 100% containment. Monitor and assess for any future operation needs.
Pointers Fire: 3 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
A community meeting in Sawyers Bar is scheduled for today, August 30, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at the Salmon River Restoration Council Watershed Center.
A community meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 31, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at Etna High School. 400 Howell Avenue, Etna, CA 96027