Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St
Yreka, CA 96097
The Slater and Devil fires that burned on the Klamath, Rogue River-Siskiyou and Six Rivers national forests have been called 100 percent contained. The Slater fire started on September 8, in the area of Slater Butte Lookout, on the Klamath National Forest. The Devil Fire was detected one day later, on upper Devil’s Peak, also on the Klamath National Forest. Severe fire weather conditions caused extreme fire behavior that quickly overwhelmed the community of Happy Camp, destroying 197 residences and tragically killing two residents. The Slater Fire moved onto the Six Rivers and Rogue
River-Siskiyou national forests, and eventually burned a total of 157,270 acres. The Devil Fire also burned onto the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, consuming a total of 8,857 acres. With the arrival of cool moist weather, fire managers declared these fires contained on November 16, 2020.
While the fires have been called contained, hazardous conditions from high- to moderate-severity fire remain present throughout the burned areas. Many dead, standing trees exist along roadways, trails and in the interior of the fires and high-severity fire has left soils in an unstable condition in some locations. As a result, fire area closures remain in effect on the Klamath and Rogue River-Siskiyou national forests, although the footprint of the closures have been reduced. This includes the Grayback Road, as burned trees continue to pose a risk to travelers. Work continues along this road to remove the hazards. Current closure information for the Klamath National Forest can be found at https://fs.usda.gov/klamath/ and https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices/?aid=62205 for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
The Klamath, Rogue River-Siskiyou and Six Rivers national forests offer their heartfelt sympathy to the communities that were impacted by these fires.
The causes of the Slater and Devil fires remain under investigation.
To view/download the news release (.pdf file) go to Slater and Devil Fires 100% contained news release