Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St.
Yreka, CA 96097
Salmon-August Complex Update
September 1, 2017
Date Started: August 11, 2017 Total Size: 32,669 acres
Cumulative Containment: 19% Total Personnel: 1,539
Operational update: The Salmon August Complex fires have grown to 32,669 acres. The Wallow fire makes up 30,556 of the total acres and has spread southwest down through English Peak near Chimney Rock. There is a possibility for the fire to spread further southwest into the Yellow Dog Peak area today due to winds coming from the northeast and high temperatures. Spotting of up to two miles continues to challenge the crews who are attempting to put in direct line along the fire’s edge. Secondary lines and contingency lines continue to be established in the event the primary lines are unable to hold the fire.
On the northern end of the fire in Babs Creek and along Patterson Ridge, crews were able to strengthen and improve direct and indirect fire lines. In the Etna Mill Creek area there was no significant movement of the fire yesterday.
There is an excessive heat warning for the Salmon August Complex from 11 a.m. today until 11 a.m. Monday 9/4/2017 due to increased temperature into the mid 90’s over the weekend. Relative humidity is expected to decrease to 8-12 percent. Firefighters will prepare for the active fire behavior that could occur as a result of this forecast.
Sawyers Bar Road may have intermittent road closures throughout today due to fire crews working in the area.
One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire: Firefighters ask that you be extremely careful and prevent new fire starts. Review fire restrictions on the Klamath National Forest and CAL FIRE websites and help out firefighters. http://www.preventwildfireca.org/OneLessSpark/
A partial 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/#
There are No Evacuation warnings or orders in place at this time.
Wallow Fire: 30,556 acres; 19% containment. Fire fighters working to prevent farther spread east of the PCT and south towards Sawyers Bar Road. This fire has grown into the Island Fire.
Island Fire: 1,692 acres; 60% confinement. The fire became active, and there was movement of the fire yesterday to the southwest.
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
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