Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St.
Yreka, CA 96097
Salmon-August Complex Update
September 8, 2017
Date Started: August 13, 2017· Total Size: 65,343 acres
Cumulative Containment: 15% Total Personnel: 1,625
Operational update: The area in and around the complex experienced enough rain yesterday to help cool down the hottest portions of the Wallow Fire. This allowed crews to get closer to the fire’s edge and go “direct” to construct new containment line, as well as reinforce existing line. On the previous day, over 100,000 gallons of retardant was dropped from air tankers onto designated ridgelines on the east edge of the Wallow Fire. The use of retardant helps slow down fire spread and create more of a buffer between the burnable fuel and the fire’s edge.
The priority areas of the Wallow Fire are the northeast, east and southern portions of the fire, where private property and structures exist. Firefighters continue to prepare property and structures closest to those priority areas. Some crews have been assessing portions of Yellow Jacket Ridge and Snoozers Ridge for safe, effective places to improve old hand line and dozer line that were originally created on former fires. Crews and engines continue to patrol, mitigate and monitor the fire overnight. With the limited availability of fire resources, the National Guard has assigned 4 crews to provide support to this incident.
Some of the resources on the Salmon August Complex were used yesterday to support local firefighters on new lighting fire starts near Yreka and near this complex. The Claire and Fourth fires are located south of the complex and have been contained. They will continue to be monitored. The Deep Fire is about 6 miles north of the complex and is approximately 150 acres, three hotshot crews and some aircraft have been assigned to the Deep Fire.
Recent moisture and cooler temperatures created higher humidity and allowed for some of the smaller ground fuels to retain moisture and reduce some fire activity. The weather forecast is calling for slightly cooler temperatures and a chance of thunderstorms. However, forecasted weather will bring drying and warmer temperatures by this weekend. The Wallow Fire has several areas of heat and unburned fuel inside the perimeter and is expected to continue producing smoke as those areas continue to burn.
The community meeting in Etna last night was well attended. There will be another community meeting in Forks of Salmon at the Forks of Salmon School tomorrow at 2 p.m.
The current evacuation warning for the Sawyers Bar Road and Salmon River Road is still in place but being evaluated today to determine if it’s still necessary. 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/#
· 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 150 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, which will be supplied from the Wallow Fire.
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; 70% 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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