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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 Update 10-22-2020

Red Salmon Complex Wildfire
News – 10/22/2020

Willow Creek, CA –   Notice: On 10/17, there was an intrusion into the restricted airspace over the fire by a drone. Temporary Flight Restrictions remain over the entire Red Salmon fire area until further notice.  This includes drones. Remember: If you fly, we can’t.

Yesterday: Creeping and backing fire continued in the West Fork of Plummer creek, east of Dees Peak, and along the East Fork of the New River. Fire was actively backing with 1-2 foot flame lengths, cleaning up unburned fuels in its way. Pockets of heavy fuel were burning across the fire’s interior near Horse Linto Creek and Bear Camp. Crews remained in Division P doing line restoration and suppression repair work alongside heritage consultants and resource advisors. The Forks Base Camp relocated to Cecilville. The majority of work in all the other divisions consists of suppression repair and back haul of accountable property and equipment. 

Weather and Fire Behavior:  A drier air mass will filter in and drop humidity levels once again. A red flag warning mainly for the higher elevations began last night and will continue through mid-day Friday. Fuel moisture levels will remain low allowing the fire to remain active for the near future with moderate fire behavior. Rain is not forecast in the immediate future. Smoke impacting the area remains likely due to continued nightly inversions over the fire area. For information on smoke impacts and how you can lessen your exposure, go to   

Today’s Operations: Crews will continue monitoring and strengthening lines along Plummer Creek and conduct suppression efforts and line repair work. Suppression repair and equipment back haul operations continue in the remaining divisions, as well as, equipment and other resources from the communities of Forks of the Salmon, Denny, and other private ranches, inholdings and properties. As fire containment increases, crews shift operations from suppression tactics to suppression repair work and the collection and return of the miles of hose, water pumps, and portable water tanks back to fire camp for cleaning, packaging and shipping.

Closures: For Firefighter and public safety, fire officials remind visitors that areas and roads within and near the perimeter of the fire are closed.  More information is available on forest websites: | |

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