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Salmon August Complex

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Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St.
Yreka, CA 96097

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Salmon August Complex Update for Sept. 5, 2017

Salmon August Complex Wildfire
News – 9/5/2017

Salmon-August Complex Update

September 5, 2017

Date Started: August 13, 2017· Total Size: 58,487 acres

Cumulative Containment: 14% Total Personnel: 1,518

Operational update: Yesterday the inversion lifted enough to create slightly better visibility above the fire area. A fixed wing aerial reconnaissance flight was utilized to better determine the fire perimeter and recent spread. The Wallow fire is still very active. Large smoke columns were produced yesterday afternoon in portions of the fire. Specifically, in the areas west of Whiskey Butte, south of Yellow Dog Peak, upper Crapo Creek, and west of Bear Wallow Peak. Long range spotting and roll-out of burning material created fire spread in the steep terrain, while dry downed fuels carried 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. Smoke is still inhibiting 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.

Hot and dry conditions will persist throughout the day, with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. The weather forecast is calling for gusty winds Wednesday evening. Some of the current resources on this incident will be assigned to support initial attack for new, local fire starts.

The current Evacuation Order for the Sawyers Bar and Main Stem Road will be reduced to an Evacuation Warning at 12:00 p.m. today. This area includes Nordheimer Flat to Etna Summit on the Sawyers Bar Road. As many crews and equipment are still working in this area, please be cautious of personnel working along the road and keep vehicle speed to a minimum.

There will be a community meeting held in Sawyers Bar at the Salmon River Restoration Council today at 2:00 p.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 order is in effect from Etna Summit to Nordheimer Flat on the Sawyers Bar and North Stem Road, until 12:00 p.m. today.

· The August 11th date was the start date of the Wallow Fire. The August 13th date reflects when the fires were designated as the Salmon August complex.

Wallow Fire: 58,037 acres; 14% 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. The Island and Pointers Fires have been consumed by the Wallow Fire and are no longer being reported separately.


Mary Fire: 91 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 monitored.

Grizzly Fire: 90 acres; 100% containment. The fire will continue to be monitored.

Garden Fire: 266 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 smoke forecasts, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/2uSYloh

For updated fire information, please visit InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/

For evacuation information, please visit CODE RED:http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system

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