9/8 Natchez Fire Update
Happy Camp, CA –The weather forecast calls for mostly sunny conditions and breezy at the ridges. Temperatures are expected to be in the 80’s at the mid slopes and in the 70’s at upper elevations. Expect winds on the ridges to be from the northwest 10-15 mph by late morning then gusting up to 20 mph through the saddles on the west flank.
Yesterday’s Activities: By mid-afternoon the smoke cleared and air resources were able to fly, apply retardant and hold the fire in check at Cyclone Gap. Crews continued to work to contain the spot fire west of Polar Bear Mountain. On the east flank, crews patrolled for and extinguished hot spots. The fire continued to move southwest towards the Eclipse Fire footprint.
Today’s Activities: Hand crews, supported by aviation operations, will work to hold the fire at the ridge line between the mountain peaks and secure the spot fire west of Polar Bear Mountain. Crews will continue to patrol all contained flanks and work to repair fire suppression effects.
Evacuations: Evacuation Warning notices are in place for three private in-holdings northwest of Happy Camp. Changes in these evacuation notices can be obtained directly from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff/. The community of Sunstar remains in a Level 1 evacuation “Ready” status. Changes in these notifications can be obtained directly from the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DelNorteCountySheriffDepartment/
Closure Orders: Two Closure Orders are in effect for the national forest roads, trails, and lands near the Natchez Fire area.Both Closure Orders can be found on Inciweb at:https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5948/
· Closure Order No. 18-05-012 is in effect on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll RD, Klamath NF.
· Closure Order No. 06-10-22-18-61 is in effect on the Wild Rivers RD, Rogue River - Siskiyou NF.
Smoke: Air quality and health information are available at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com. Information from a temporary air quality monitor located in Happy Camp can be accessed at: https://bit.ly/2o2Z4xf.