Fire managers are asking for help from the public in observing the various area and road closures in effect for public and firefighter safety. The Grayback Road is closed to public travel due to unsafe conditions. Crews are working to remove hazard trees adjacent to the roadway.
Slater Fire - 156,618 acres and 80% containment
A Red Flag Warning and critical weather conditions on Thursday and Friday provided a test for containment lines. With the fire behavior moderated due to moisture from recent rains, the lines passed the test. Aerial and ground observers reported little fire activity near the perimeter. Patrols will continue along containment lines today.
Work progresses to secure the lines in the northeast corner of the fire near Swan Peak, with aerial and ground patrols monitoring this area for remaining pockets of heat.
In the Knopki and Chicago Creek drainages, helicopters will drop buckets of water on lingering areas of persistent heat to keep the fire in check. Containment is improving in this area, and crews are making good progress connecting containment lines to the 2018 Natchez Fire footprint. Aviation assets remain available for reconnaissance and bucket operations as needed.
Resource Advisors are guiding repair work along hand lines and dozer lines to remove berms and reinforce water drainage features that will help mitigate erosion concerns prior to the arrival of seasonal rains. Chipping operations are ongoing to remove brush from roadways and firelines. Repair efforts are gaining momentum as crews shift from fire suppression to repair actions.
Removal of fire-damaged trees and hazard trees along the Grayback Road continues, with one team working from Happy Camp north towards Oregon, and another from the north end of the road working southward.
Devil Fire - 8,885 acres and 60% containment
The Devil Fire remains in patrol status using air and drone surveillance.
Weather and Fire Behavior
Today, the area will see Increased relative humidities and decreased winds throughout the day, with temperatures in the mid-70s. Ridgetop gusts up to 20-25 mph are predicted. As fuels continue to dry there is potential for smoldering and creeping fire. Isolated smoldering pockets of fuels may develop into surface creeping on exposed ridges.
In Happy Camp, the Mandatory Evacuation is still in effect above the intersection of Indian Meadows Road and Indian Creek Road.
For specific information regarding evacuations see the following:
Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services information:
(530) 643-3662 or www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountyOES
Del Norte County information: (707) 464-7213 or www.facebook.com/DelNorteOfficeOfEmergencyServicesand www.preparedelnorte.com/
Closures and Restrictions
The Klamath, Six Rivers, and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests have issued fire area closure orders for the Slater and Devil Fires. The Pacific Southwest Region is under emergency fire restrictions, although the use of gas stoves is allowed in open developed recreation sites. Find closure orders and maps at: www.fs.usda.gov/klamath, www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou, and www.fs.usda.gov/srnf.
Portions of both the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest’s Wild Rivers Ranger District and Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District have reopened for use. Some areas remain closed for emergency crews’ safety and to allow for fire suppression and burned area recovery. Find closure orders and maps at: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices. The latest updates on fire danger levels and public use restrictions within the Forest are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/rogue-siskiyou/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD824854.
The Bureau of Land Management Medford District has public lands closures in effect near the Slater Fire and South Obenchain Fire. Find closure area maps at: www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions.
Burned Area Emergency Recovery information and resources for private landowners impacted by the Slater and Devil Fires are available at: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7237/.