Salmon August Complex Update for September 4, 2017
Incident: Salmon August Complex Wildfire
Salmon-August Complex Update
September 4, 2017Date Started: August 11, 2017 Total Size: 48,889 acres
Cumulative Containment: 14% Total Personnel: 1,716
Operational update: Due to the red flag warning for gusty, northeast winds and active fire on the Wallow Fire, the evacuation warning that was issued Friday afternoon for residents along Sawyers Bar Road was upgraded last night at 8:30 p.m. to an evacuation order. The area affected includes Nordheimer Flat to Etna Summit on the Sawyers Bar Road. An evacuation shelter is in place at the Etna High School. The evacuation order remains in place until further notice.
The red flag warning should expire after 9 a.m. this morning. However, hot and dry conditions are still expected throughout the next few days, with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Forecasted weather will likely be unfavorable for containment efforts.
The Wallow fire remains very active in four locations: North of Etna Mill Creek, south of Yellow Dog Peak, areas around Chimney Rock, and west of Bear Wallow Peak. Long range spotting and roll-out of burning material create fire spread in the steep terrain, while dry, downed fuels carry fire spread throughout other areas within the fire. Crews continue preparing structures and property for protection in this area by clearing burnable vegetation and placing sprinkler systems around structures. Due to consistent fire activity at night, crews and engines are still in place to patrol, mitigate and monitor the fire overnight.
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.
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/#