Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002
Red Salmon Complex UPDATE
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Total Acres: 143,644 Containment: 75%
Notice: A Red flag warning will be in effect over the fire area for strong winds and low humidity levels from Sunday morning through midday Monday.
Yesterday: A smoke inversion over the South Fork of the Salmon River trapped warm temperatures and drier air until the early afternoon, where moderate backing and creeping of the fire in the West Fork of Plummer Creek, east of Dees Peak, and in the area of Milk Creek was observed. A 10-acre slop over was found to the west of Emigrant Creek and quickly contained. Fire continued actively backing through the needle cast and leaf litter cleaning up the unburned fuels. Heavy dead and down fuels were smoldering across the eastern flank of the fire and in interior, isolated pockets. Helicopters continued to cool hot spots along the containment lines. The vast majority of work in the remaining divisions consisted of suppression repair assisted by resource advisors and the back haul of accountable property and equipment.
Weather and Fire Behavior: Humidity recovery was good across much of the complex as
cold front moved in from the northwest and brought an increase in moisture. The wind and low humidity will trigger a Red Flag warning from Sunday morning through midday Monday. Rain is not forecast in the immediate future, though good humidity recoveries are expected in the valleys. A cold, dry front approaching from the northeast will bring very dry air into the fire area. Smoke will continue to impact the area due to burning within containment lines. For information on smoke impacts and how you can lessen your exposure, go to www.airnow.gov.
Today’s Operations: Crews will continue to monitor existing containment lines and improve lines where possible along Plummer Creek. Direct line construction continues using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) on the south east flank of the fire with helicopters cooling hot spots with bucket work. Suppression repair and equipment back haul operations continue in the remaining divisions. As fire containment increases, crews will have shifted many operations from suppression tactics to suppression repair work while working closely with resource advisors (READS) who help direct this work to protect sensitive natural and cultural resources in healing the land.
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: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices | www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/srnf/alerts-notices | www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/stnf/alerts-notices