Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002
Area closures extended for Red Salmon Complex and Slater-Devil Fires EUREKA and YREKA, Calif. – The Klamath (KNF) and Six Rivers (SRNF) national forests have issued emergency area closure orders for areas surrounding the Red Salmon Complex and the KNF’s portion of the Slater-Devil Fires. These orders are effective November 1 through November 15, 2020. An additional order has been issued for the SRNF’s portion of the Slater Fire. This order (20-10-15) is effective October 29 through December 1, 2020. These orders have been issued by the KNF and SRNF to provide for public safety and facilitate wildfire-suppression efforts. The temporary closure orders were implemented to promote public safety due to active fire within the containment perimeter. Fire blowups, fire runs and related suppression tactics are unpredictable, posing serious safety threats to individuals. It is important to understand that these closure orders only apply to National Forest System lands, roads and trails within the closure order boundary, as well as any specified roads and trails outside of the closure order boundary. The following are exempt from these orders: persons with Forest Service Permits specifically exempting them from the order; federal, state or local officers of an organized rescue or firefighting force; and owners or lessees of land in the closure area needing access to their property. Klamath National Forest closure orders—including Forest Order 20-05-25 for the Red Salmon Complex and Slater-Devil Fires, maps and legal descriptions—are available on the KNF website at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices. Six Rivers National Forest closure orders—including Forest Order 20-10-15 for the Slater Fire and Forest Order 20-10-16 for the Red Salmon Complex, as well as maps and legal descriptions—are available on the SRNF website at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/srnf/alerts-notices. Klamath National Forest Order 20-05-25 and SRNF Order 20-10-16 only extend the closure dates. Six Rivers National Forest Order 20-10-15 also extends the closure dates; however, it opens Forest Roads 16N71, 17N03, 17N05 and 16N02 from its intersection with Forest Road 16N71 continuing east to its intersection with Doe Flat Trailhead. The remainder of the roads, trails and the area near the Slater Fire within the SRNF’s Gasquet Ranger District will remain closed.
Note: This news release does not include closure orders for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest (Slater Fire) of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest (Red Salmon Complex). See www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices and www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/stnf/alerts-notices for those forest-specific orders.
This will be the last update provided by the California Interagency Incident Management Team 12.
On July 27, 2020 Firefighters from the Klamath, Shasta-Trinity, and Six Rivers National Forests, and Hoopa tribe, began responding late in the evening to several reported lightning fires. These lightning fires started after a series of strong thunderstorms moved through the area. While most fires on the Forests were kept relatively small with swift and decisive containment efforts, the Red and Salmon Fires merged into one.
As of October 27, 143,826 acres have burned at 78% containment (1,439 acres of growth, less than 1% growth). Through three different weather events, i.e. Red Flag Warnings, we have only had a .9% acreage growth over this 14day assignment.
On Wednesday, October 28, at 7:00 AM, California Incident Management Team (IMT) 12 will transfer Command of the Red Salmon Complex back to the Six Rivers, Shasta-Trinity, and Klamath National Forests Type 3 Fire Management Teams in cooperation with the Hoopa Tribe.
CAIIMT 12 will leave the new organizations with firefighting resources needed to successfully carry out the mission for suppression activity, mop-up, back haul, and suppression repair work. The mission has not changed, the protection of all local communities and other values at risk is still a priority. Direct suppression operations where the terrain allows it to be done safely is a primary focus. Where direct suppression tactics becomes too risky to insert firefighters, due to steep and rough terrain, helicopters will continue to be used extensively for bucket drops.
Cecilville Camp resources have been relocated to Petersburg Station, per the local Forest’s wishes. Two helicopter assets will be released Oct 29, and two will remain at Scott Valley for patrol and suppression activity. Direct line construction continues using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) using the natural features of the terrain, creeks, and rivers in areas like Plummer Creek near Dees Peak. Suppression repair work and equipment back haul operations carry on within the remaining divisions. Some crews have shifted operations from suppression operations to suppression repair work while working closely with resource advisors (READS) who help direct this work to protect natural and cultural resources in healing the land, and preparing it for winter weather.
Fire has been minimally active each day, with smoke visible from all directions in the late afternoon. Fire crews and aircraft continue to engage the fire, create new control lines, and enforce existing ones. Fire in the interior will have limited active burning again each day as the inversion breaks. Fire managers on the Red Salmon Complex are safely engaging this fire while prioritizing firefighter and public safety and protecting values at risk. Life safety will always remain the number one priority. COVID-19 mitigations were and remain a focus to limit exposure risks to firefighters and the public, per CDC guidelines.
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