Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1809 Fairlane Road Yreka California 96097
Yreka, CA 96097
Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests
Oak Fire Grows in Wilderness as Firefighters Mop-Up Remaining Heat near Happy Camp
Acres: 80,100 acres (from Infrared flight last night) Cause: Lightning
Containment: 25% Oak Fire: 71,500 acres (includes Young Fire)
Cedar Fire: 8,600 Acres(includes Four Mile Fire) Total personnel: 967
A Community Meeting will be held today at the Seiad Valley Volunteer Fire Department, at 4 PM to provide an update on the Eclipse Complex. Representatives of the Miller Complex have been invited and will provide an update on the status of the Abney Fire.
Yesterday crews continued strengthening and lengthening containment lines around communities while the Oak Fire spread north up Clear Creek in the Siskiyou Wildness and merged with the Young Fire. The Oak and Young fires will now be referred to as the Oak Fire. The Oak Fire remained east of the South Fork of the Smith River and is holding. Crews made progress on containment lines west of Indian Creek and neared completion of this important line to protect the Indian Creek drainage. Crews made progress on the Oak Fire’s western side, constructing containment and contingency lines from Bear Basin Butte along Blue Ridge toward Sugarloaf Mountain. A contingency line is also being built from Ship Mountain south to Muslatt Mountain. Completion of these lines will require several days of additional patrol and mop-up by crews to remove any remaining heat near the lines.
Key primary containment lines held and were strengthened on the Cedar Fire north of Thompson Creek. The Cedar Fire has shown little movement in the past 48 hours.
Today, fire crews are focused on mopping up containment lines around Happy Camp, while extending important contingency lines on the Oak Fire’s east and west flanks to protect Indian Creek and the community of Big Flat.
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, where roll-out of material continues. One-way traffic control will continue west of Happy Camp to keep the highway open while providing for public and firefighter safety. Crews will continue improving primary and contingency lines west of Indian Creek from Boulder Peak north to Kelly Lake. On the Oak Fire’s western flank, heavy equipment and crews will continue constructing indirect line construction along Blue Ridge, west of the South Fork of the Smith River, as a contingency line should the fire spot across the River. The Oak Fire is expected to continue to move north up Clear and Preston creek drainages today.
Cedar Fire: Crews will continue to mop and patrol along Thompson Creek. Contingency lines along existing roads have been constructed on the west side of the Cedar Fire to prevent it from spreading west. Handline along the 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.
An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect through Monday. Persistent high pressure will continue to promote high temperatures and dry conditions. Temperatures in the valleys will reach the triple digits, with ridges reaching the 90s. Relative humidity will be in the lower to mid-teens, with some high single digit values possible.
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 range 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 inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5511 and at key locations in Happy Camp, Seiad Valley and Gasquet.
One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire: Firefighters ask that you be extremely careful and prevent new fire starts. Review fire restrictions on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forest web sites and help firefighters.
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