Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St.
Yreka, CA 96097
Salmon-August Complex Update
September 9, 2017
Date Started: August 13, 2017· Total Size: 65,392 acres
Cumulative Containment: 15% Total Personnel: 1,793
Operational update: With the recent moisture and another day of cooler temperatures, fire activity on the Wallow Fire has somewhat decreased. Crews and equipment are still making good progress constructing and improving containment lines. Several areas within the Wallow Fire perimeter are unburned. As a drying trend begins, smoke will be produced from these areas and they will be closely monitored by air reconnaissance. In addition to the five helicopters already assigned, three National Guard Blackhawk helicopters are now assigned to the Salmon August Complex to assist with water drops.
On the Deep Fire, crews continue to assess how to safely work in the very steep and rugged terrain. Burning material can roll down the steep terrain, challenging containment lines and safety of the firefighters.
A warming and drying trend will develop over the complex today. Temperatures will increase and highs are expected to reach into the low 80’s. A noticeable drop in humidity is expected and winds will be coming from the northwest, producing gusts up to 15 mph. These factors will cause fuels to dry out and become more receptive to fire spread.
There will a community meeting in Forks of Salmon. The original location was announced as the Forks of Salmon School but has been changed to the Community Club today at 2 p.m.
As of 8 a.m. today, the evacuation warning for the Sawyers Bar Road and Salmon River Road has been lifted. However, 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/#
· 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: 64,743 acres; 15% containment. Fire fighters will continue to construct and improve lines on the north and east areas of the fire.
Deep Fire: Approximately 199 acres; 2% containment. Currently, three hotshot crews and 2 helicopters are assigned. An assessment will be made today to determine the need for additional resources.
Fourth Fire: One quarter (.25) acre; 100% containment. The fire will continue to be monitored.
Claire Fire: One Tenth (.10) acre; 100% containment. The fire will continue to be monitored.
Mary Fire: 91 acres; 100% containment; located five miles south of Cecilville on the divide between the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests. 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 will continue to experience smoke impacts 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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