Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St
Yreka, CA 96097
Lime Fire & Kidder 2 Fire Update – 9/14/2019
Yreka, CA. – The Lime and Kidder 2 Fires were started by lightning on September 5, 2019. The following are updates for each fire:
Lime Fire – is located south of Cottonwood Peak on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District.
The fire is currently at 1,872 acres 71% contained.
Firefighters were very productive yesterday and increased the percentage of containment from 45 to 71%. They will continue to mop up and strengthen fire containment lines today.
Today’s weather forecast is for clear skies and warm and dry air. Maximum temperatures are forecast between 84 and 91 degrees. The minimum humidity on the highest elevations of the fire is expected to be between 15 to 25%. Forecasted wind speeds are 5 to 10 mph with gusts to 15 mph.
On Friday morning one firefighter was airlifted to Medford for medical treatment after being struck by a tree. The firefighter remains hospitalized in stable condition. This is a reminder of the hazardous conditions our firefighters face on a daily basis while out on the fireline.
Information on the Klamath National Forest Lime Fire closure order, issued on September 11, can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices. The public is asked to remain away from closed areas, to allow the firefighters, engines, helicopters, and other equipment to work safely.
The September 7 evacuation warning for residences within and adjacent to the Lime Fire, was lifted by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday September 12.
The public is advised to continue to exercise extreme caution along Highway 96 when driving in the vicinity of the fire. To ensure public safety, the highway occasionally may be subject to temporary closure. Motorists are also encouraged to be aware of potentially distracted driving along Interstate 5, as the fire is visible from a number of vantage points north of Yreka.
Kidder 2 Fire – is located ten miles southwest of Fort Jones in the Marble Mountain Wilderness on the Salmon/Scott River Ranger District.
This fire is located in an isolated and extremely steep and rugged part of the forest. The fire is 165 acres in size and 54% contained. Firefighters continue to build and improve fireline.
The Pacific Crest Trail passes near the Kidder 2 Fire. For their safety, hikers are advised to avoid the fire area.
Information on the Klamath National Forest Kidder 2 Fire closure order, issued on September 11, can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices. Forest visitors can contact the Salmon/Scott River Ranger District Office at (530) 468-5351 for additional information or alternative recreational opportunities in the area.
Additional information and daily updates:
Lime Fire InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6576/
Kidder 2 Fire InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6584/
Telephone: Joshua Veal (530) 841-4485
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