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Slater/Devil Fires

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Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St
Yreka, CA 96097

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September 19, 2020 Update

Slater/Devil Fires Wildfire
News – 9/19/2020

Please note: The North Zone of the Slater Fire (currently including the Gasquet area and all of Oregon) is being managed by Northern Rockies Team 2 and the South Zone of the fire continues to be managed by California Team 10. Beginning tomorrow, this incident will transition to one morning update from Northern Rockies Team 2 encompassing both zones. Information for both fires will continue to be available at www.facebook.com/SlaterAndDevilFireInformation and on InciWeb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7173/

Summary:

Slater Fire: The cooler temperatures assisted crews in implementing direct and indirect fire strategies. A helicopter worked on the north area of the fire west of Hwy 199, near the California/Oregon border dropping water on fire activity outside of the existing dozer line. The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s (OSFM) Task Forces assisted wildland crews with burn operations, provided necessary support along the fire edge, and completed protection measures at Oregon Caves National Monument by installing sprinklers, hose lines and portable water tanks. Most of the initial attack fire response resources on the Wild Rivers Ranger District remain assigned to the Slater Fire to assist out of area resources, including two task force leaders, six engines, three crews, a water tender, a wildland fire module and a dozer.

The break in the weather allowed South Zone crews to assess the fires by aircraft yesterday. They reported seeing very little smoke within the interior of the fire area, and little to no heat on the western edge of the Slater Fire from Hwy 96 north to Kelly Lake. The Hwy 96 corridor has been secured, and crews will work today to chip and remove brush cut during suppression. Traffic control on Hwy 96 is expected to remain in place, and motorists should continue to expect 45-minute delays. On the eastern side of the fire, crews are planning to contain the Slater Fire along the Thompson Creek Rd, on the west side of the Thompson Creek drainage.

In the Gasquet (California) portion of the Slater Fire, firefighters held the fire at the Knopki Rd to protect the town of Gasquet. They will work to complete operations to secure the fire edge at the intersection of Hwy 199 and Knopki Rd. Structure protection activity continues from Knopki Rd to the town of Gasquet.

Devil Fire: Resources are engaging the fire as it wants to spread toward Applegate Lake. The southeast side of the Devil Fire is now lined and secure, with the crews using the Pacific Crest Trail as a containment line on the east. The Devil Fire is still generating some heat along its west side and southwest corner, but the Tahoe Hotshots were able to find the cold edge of that fire and build direct line to cut off its southward progress and herd it towards Fort Goff Creek, away from homes in and around Seiad Valley and Hwy 96. The Grayback Rd is still closed to the public for hazard tree removal and power pole repair. The Devil Fire has one Type 2 initial attack crew, is currently at 7,144 acres and is 7% contained.

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