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Salmon August Complex News Release

Salmon August Complex Update for Sept. 6, 2017

Incident: Salmon August Complex Wildfire
Released: 9/6/2017

Salmon-August Complex Update

September 6, 2017

Date Started: August 13, 2017· Total Size: 63,743 acres

Cumulative Containment: 14% Total Personnel: 1,564

Operational update: Tropical moisture moved over the Salmon August Complex overnight, bringing scattered showers and lightning to the region with minimal to no moisture over the fire area. A chance of thunderstorms will continue throughout the day creating a more unstable atmosphere with a Red Flag warning in effect until 11:00pm Thursday. Incident assigned resources will be available to support initial attack for new, local fire starts.

Yesterday fire suppression efforts continued as the inversion layer continued to trap low-lying smoke over the region, limiting the use of some resources. The Wallow fire is still very active. Large smoke production was reported yesterday afternoon in 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 continues to create fire spread in the steep terrain, while dry fuels carried fire spread throughout other areas within the fire. Crews continue preparing structures and property for protection 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. Smoke is still inhibiting aircraft to support crews with water drops and retardant. Five 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 current evacuation warning for the Sawyers Bar and Salmon River Road will remain in effect. This area includes Nordheimer Flat to Etna Summit. 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.

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/#

A community meeting is planned for September 7th @ 6:00pm. The location will be Etna High School.

Etna High School

400 Howell Ave

Etna, CA 96027

An evacuation warning remains in effect from Etna Summit to Nordheimer Flat on the Sawyers Bar and Salmon River Rd.

· 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: 63,743 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 Wallow fire have been joined and are now being reported as the Wallow fire.


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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