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Eclipse Complex

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Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1809 Fairlane Road Yreka California 96097
Yreka, CA 96097

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Eclipse Complex Update, August 30, 2017

Eclipse Complex Wildfire
News – 8/30/2017

Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests

Crews Achieve Additional Containment on the Four Mile, Cedar and Oak Fires

Acres: 65,250 acres (from Infrared flight last night) Cause: Lightning

Containment: 24% Oak Fire: 55,000 acres

Cedar Fire: 5,700 Acres Young Fire: 2,650 acres

Four Mile Fire: 1,900 acres Total personnel: 1,164

A Community Meeting is scheduled for tonight August 30, 2017 at 6 p.m. in Happy Camp at the Karuk Gymnasium, 64236 Second Ave, Happy Camp, CA. We will attempt to live-stream the meeting on the Klamath National Forest Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/. A second community meeting is scheduled for Thursday August 31, 2017 at the Gasquet District Ranger Office at 6 p.m.

Yesterday crews completed, held and mopped up key containment lines on the Four Mile Fire north of Thompson Creek and along Benjamin Creek west of Happy Camp. Both operations have reduced the risk of fire threatening Happy Camp and surrounding communities. Containment of these lines will require several days of additional patrol and mop-up by crews to remove any remaining heat near the lines. Significant containment was also achieved on the west flank of both the Four Mile and Cedar Fires. On the Oak Fire’s western flank, the fire held on the east side of the South Fork of the Smith River. The north flank of the Oak Fire became active deep within the Siskiyou Wilderness pushing north up Clear and Preston Creeks toward the Young Fire. As a precaution, crews have begun preparation of a new control line west of the Smith River, from Bear Basin Butte along Blue Ridge to Sugarloaf Mountain.

Today, fire crews will build on recent successes while holding the Four Mile Fire north of Thompson Creek and strengthen lines on the Oak Fire’s east flank from Boulder Peak to the Klamath River.

Oak Fire: On the Oak Fire’s southeast flank, crews will continue to improve, hold and mop-up containment lines near Benjamin Creek and other developed areas along Highway 96. The fire is expected to continue backing down to Highway 96. One-way traffic control will continue west of Happy Camp to keep the highway open while providing for public and firefighter safety. On the Oak Fire’s western flank, heavy equipment will begin indirect line construction along Blue Ridge, west of the Smith River, as a contingency line should the fire spot across the South Fork of the Smith River. Pushed by southwest winds the Oak Fire is expected to continue to move north up Clear and Preston Creek drainages.

Cedar and Four Mile Fires: The southward movement of the Four Mile Fire has been successfully checked with strategic firing operations along control lines and Thompson Creek. Contingency lines along existing roads have been constructed west of both the Four Mile and Cedar fires to prevent the westward movement of these two fires. Handline along the Four Mile Fire’s east flank is preventing the fire from spreading east. Crews are monitoring the eastward spread of the Cedar Fire toward Red Butte Wilderness. The fire has crossed the ridgeline between Pyramid Peak and Figurehead Mountain at the wilderness boundary, where it showed little movement due to sparse fuels.

Young Fire: Growth of the Young Fire, which has been transferred to the Eclipse Complex, has been held in check on the west and south flanks by a 2015 burn scar. The Young fire was active on its east flank and continues to back into the Clear Creek Drainage.[RH1]

Temperatures will be in the mid-90s, with light southwest winds on ridge tops. An inversion layer is expected to hold smoke in the valleys which will moderate fire behavior.

Heavy smoke is expected to continue in valley bottoms below an inversion layer. Residents of Happy Camp seeking clean air may visit the Karuk Senior Center between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Detailed smoke forecasts and information on smoke impacts can be found on the California Smoke Blog at californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com.

Highway 96 west of Happy Camp remains open with the following restrictions for public and firefighter safety: The highway is closed each morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and each evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to allowfor heavy firefighter traffic as day and night shifts rotate. During all other hours, one-way traffic control with a pilot car will be in place from 2.5 miles southwest of Happy Camp to south of Clear Creek Ranch. Delays might be from 30 minutes to more than an hour, due to fire activity, heavy smoke and falling rock debris. This traffic control will be in place for as long as necessary to ensure safety. Refer to Caltrans for the latest information on road closures: www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/display.php?page=sr36.

The Limited Evacuation Warning remains in effect for the area directly southwest of the Happy Camp Airport through the Clear Creek Area. To receive updates on changes to evacuation notices, residents should register with CodeRed, which has been instituted by Siskiyou County for rapid reverse 911 automated calls. To register for CodeRed, go to: www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system.

Fire Area Closure Orders: Closures have been executed for roads and trails near many of the wildfires, including the Pacific Crest Trail, closing them to public entry to provide for safety. Additional information about the closures and fires is available on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5511/ and at key locations in Happy Camp, Seiad Valley and Gasquet.

Wildfires are a “No Drone Zone.” If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. For more information, visit knowbeforeyoufly.org.

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