Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St.
Yreka, CA 96097
Salmon-August Complex Update
September 3, 2017
Date Started: August 11, 2017 Total Size: 48,889 acres
Cumulative Containment: 15% Total Personnel: 1,624
Operational update: The Wallow Fire is the priority fire that crews are focused on within the Salmon August Complex. The Pointers and Island Fires merged into the Wallow Fire and are no longer considered separate. Crews continue to build and improve containment line on the north and east perimeter of the fire. Due to the remote location from fire camp, some crews are camped to the north of the fire area and being supplied by mule teams. There have been and continue to be night crews and engines patrolling and monitoring the fire throughout the night.
The evacuation warning that was issued Friday afternoon for residents along Sawyers Bar Road, from Etna Summit to Nordheimer Flat, remains in effect. Crews are preparing structures and property for protection in this area by clearing burnable vegetation around structures.
Heavy smoke continues to create a challenge for aircraft to support crews with water drops and retardant. However, six helicopters are still prepared to assist when visibility improves. The reduced visibility also affects the ability for aerial IR (infrared) flights to accurately assess fire spread.
The increased wind yesterday created an increase in fire activity, all of which continue to threaten containment lines. With the change of wind direction, the Wallow fire area experienced heavier smoke and reduced visibility. Much of the smoke was coming from the Orleans Complex fire that is located to the northwest of this fire complex. The weather is expected to be similar today. Air quality over the fire and in the Scott’s Valley are in the “unhealthy” range. Due to gusty winds, low humidity and a chance of thunderstorms, a red flag warning is issued tonight at 8 p.m. through tomorrow at 9 a.m.
A forest closure order is in effect for the portions of 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/#
An evacuation warning remains in effect from Etna Summit to Nordheimer Flat on the Sawyers Bar Road.
Wallow Fire: 48,471 acres; 10% containment. Fire fighters will continue to construct and improve lines on the north and east of the fire. The south and southwest areas are being closely monitored and areas to construct handline and use dozers is being assessed.
Mary Fire: 142 acres; 70% containment; located five miles south of Cecilville on the divide between the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests. Crews have constructed line in areas that create the most threat. The fire will continue to be monitored.
Rush Fire: 3 acres; 100% containment. The fire will continue to be mo
Grizzly Fire: 90 acres; 100% containment. The fire will continue to be monitored.
Garden Fire: 183 acres; 100% containment.
Residents within Siskiyou County should expect to see an increase of smoke over 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