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Red Salmon Complex

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Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002

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Red Salmon Complex Daily Update 9-21-2020

Red Salmon Complex Wildfire
News – 9/21/2020

Current Situation: “The word of the day is focus,” said Incident Commander Mike Strawhun.  “Today is day 56 of this fire and crews have been working very hard to construct control lines and find the right weather conditions to conduct firing operations.” 

The southwest section of the fire continues to be active. Crews plan to use tactical burning operations along Tish Tang Ridge and Lone Pine Ridge to continue to help secure the southwest corner of the complex.

In the northeast of the complex, burnout operations helped deepen line northwest of Knownothing Creek. Operations will continue to bring the fire down to the Salmon River Road. Some road improvement work was completed along Methodist Creek Road. Crews also monitored a spot fire in Methodist Creek, which showed minimal activity overnight.

Clearer air over the past several days have allowed air resources to assist ground crews.  Helicopters are conducting bucket drops of water on key hot spots and have begun to remove unneeded equipment in the fire area. 

Hose lays, pumps, and other structure protection remain in Denny and Forks of Salmon.

Weather: An upper level disturbance approaches later on Monday with some clouds at times. Temperatures should range from the upper 60s to mid 80s and lows from the 40s to mid 50s with relative humidity in the 25 to 40 percent range.  Winds will be north to westerly around 10-15 mph.

Air Quality: Areas south and east of the fire will see an increase in smoke.

Area Evacuations: AnEvacuation Warning remains in effect for Forks of Salmon. 

National Forest Closure Areas: The Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests remain fully closed. Entry is not permitted.

Some Shasta-Trinity National Forest lands east of the Red Salmon Fire Complex closure area are open for public use.  The use of any ignition source on National Forest System lands is strictly prohibited, including campfires, gas stoves, smoking and outdoor grills. Continuing dry conditions and very limited firefighting resources require visitors to remain vigilant and be prepared to evacuate if a fire starts nearby.

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