Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1809 Fairlane Road Yreka California 96097
Yreka, CA 96097
Fire Information: 530-572-1136
Salmon August Complex Update
September 21, 2017
Date Started: August 13, 2017 Total Size: 65,875 acres
Cumulative Containment: 60% Total Personnel: 745
Operational update: Yesterday, firefighters were successful repairing all the fireline in the area of the Kidder spot on the Wallow Fire of the Salmon August Complex, just southwest of Greenview, CA off of the Kidder Road. Additionally, crews from the area north of Whiskey Butte to the area of Knudson Bar were monitoring the fire perimeter and mopping up any areas of heat or burning material along the edge of the fire. There was a report of smoke late in the afternoon, but fire officials confirmed that the source was from larger diameter fuels burning within the interior of the Wallow Fire. Since the Great Basin Incident Management Team 7 assumed command of the Salmon August Complex, more than 100,000-feet of fire hose (approximately 19-miles worth) have been removed from the fireline as it is no longer needed for suppression or repair efforts. Crews will continue work to repair the fireline by installing waterbars for drainage. Water moving down trails slows down when it contacts waterbars and is directed off the repaired trail.
The 217-acre Deep Fire is being monitored and firefighters are working to assure the fire is contained and any spread is minimized. Repair efforts around the Deep Fire are ongoing as crews work to rehabilitate the fireline to prevent future erosion from heavy rains and snowfall.
Currently, there are no evacuations in effect for communities near the Salmon August Complex. With snow and anticipated wet weather on the way, the Klamath National Forest has removed the closure order for the Salmon August Complex effective immediately. Recreationists to the area should use caution as firefighters, and heavy equipment are working around the fire perimeter. The recent fire activity in the area has burned into timber stands. Many tree hazards will be obvious as they will display signs of damage (loss of needles, hanging limbs, leaning trunks). Some trees in such steep terrain are shallow rooted and may appear healthy but can be as just as deadly. Just a small amount of rainfall can loosen the soil requiring little wind to cause a tree to fall.
The California National Army demobilized from the Salmon August Complex yesterday to ready themselves to be of service elsewhere. Their efforts on the fire contributed to removal of 78,000-feet of hose, 74,000-feet of roadside slash removal, and water bars installed along 31,000-feet of fireline, for a total of 7000 work hours.
Wallow Fire: 65,875 acres; 60% containment. Fire fighters will continue to monitor and repair the fire perimeter and mop up any areas of concern.
Deep Fire: Approximately 217 acres; 70% containment. Fire fighters will continue to monitor the fire perimeter and mop up any areas of concern.
Fourth Fire: One quarter (.25) acre; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.
Claire Fire: One Tenth (.10) acre; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.
Mary Fire: 91 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.
Rush Fire: 3 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstafffed, but will continue to be monitored.
Grizzly Fire: 90 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.
Garden Fire: 266 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.
Bingham Fire: 0.13 acres; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.
Blaine Fire: 1 Acre; 100% containment. The fire is unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored.
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/
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