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Summit Complex Update 9-8-17

Incident: Summit Complex Wildfire
Released: 9/8/2017

Summit Complex Update

Stanislaus National Forest

For Immediate Release

Date: September 8, 2017

Summit Complex

Location: The Summit Complex consists of 3 fires burning on the Summit Ranger District. The McCormick Fire (3,803 acres) is located North of forest road 6N06 and Fence Creek Campground and North of Clark Fork Road.The Douglas Fire (311 acres) is located South of the Douglas Picnic Area and Eureka Valley Campground on Hwy 108. The Willow Fire (10 acres) is located West of Groundhog Meadow and 4N12 in the Hammill Canyon Loop.

Acres Burned: 4,124
Structures Threatened: 0

Containment: 10%

Structures Destroyed: 0

Fire Started: 07/31/2017 1344
Injuries: 2

Cause: Lightning
Total personnel assigned to the Fire: 115


Fire behavior yesterday was moderate to minimal, with only light fuels smoldering and creeping. This was due in part to significant rainfall during the last 36 hours. Rainfall, along with cooler temperatures and higher humidity contributed to decreased fire activity and minimal fire spread. A gradual warming trend will occur over the fire area Sunday. Scattered thunderstorms are anticipated starting Monday and may result in increased fire behavior due to strong downbursts. These thunderstorms are also expected to have moisture.

Crews will continue to monitor fire movement and control direction of fire spread. Road maintenance and chipping will continue to prepare control lines and to provide safe access for fire personnel. Resources may be moving to different Divisions based on needs for preparation and chipping.

The Complex’s objectives continue to include: firefighter and public safety, manage smoke to avoid unhealthy and hazardous conditions, and to maintain fire dependent ecosystems by restoring the natural fire process to the landscape.


A closure is in place for the following locations: Clark Fork Road, Clark Fork Campground and Horsecamp, Sand Flat Campground, Camp Liahona, Camp Peaceful Pines, and all surrounding trailheads (Arnot Creek, Disaster Peak, Clark Fork). Fence Creek Road (Forest Road 6N06), Fence Creek Campground, as well as the Wheats Meadow and County Line Trailheads are also closed.

For the Douglas Fire, visitors must remain outside the following areas: Road 6N40Y, starting 300 feet south of its intersection with the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River and continuing approximately 1.5 miles to the southwest; and all areas within 0.5 miles south and southeast of the 6N40Y road closure.

Fire Information: 209-770-6156

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