Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St
Yreka, CA 96097
Salmon-August Complex Update
September 10, 2017
Date Started: August 13, 2017 Total Size: 65,392 acres
Cumulative Containment: 18% Total Personnel: 1,680
Operational update: Crews and equipment are still making progress constructing and improving containment lines. Several areas within the Wallow Fire perimeter are unburned. As a drying trend continues, smoke will be produced from these areas and they will be closely monitored.
On the Deep Fire, some progress was made in the very steep and rugged terrain. Burning material can roll down the steep terrain, challenging containment lines and safety of the firefighters. Crews are looking for opportunities to build handline towards natural barriers, such as rocky ridges. Containment line is also being constructed along Canyon Creek Road to limit fire spread north towards timber sales and high use recreation areas. Helicopters continue to be used to cool hotspots with water drops.
The recent precipitation moistened fuels, but has diminished considerably. A warming and drying trend continues over the complex today. Dry northeast winds will reduce humidity allowing fuels to dry out and become more receptive to fire spread.
Yesterday’s community meeting in Forks of Salmon was well attended. Communities along the Sawyers Bar and Salmon River Road will still be receiving updated information, as crews continue to prepare defensible fuel breaks and patrol along these roads.
As of 8 a.m. yesterday, 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 TrailNo. 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/#
Wallow Fire: 64,743 acres; 20% containment. Fire fighters will continue to construct and improve lines on the north and east areas of the fire.
Deep Fire: Approximately 199 acres; 4% 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
### ### ###