FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 4, 2021
Media Contacts: McCash Fire Information, 530-380-2152
McCash Fire Update – Sept. 4, 2021 at 8 a.m.
Total Personnel 438
Water Tenders 8
EUREKA, Calif. – An infrared flight over the McCash Fire showed the fire is 52,918 acres. The fire is 6 percent contained. There are 438 people assigned to the incident.
Firefighters began a small, slow firing operation Friday to secure the northern edge of the spot fire in the Buckhorn Bear area east of Elk Creek. This operation is following existing road systems and dozer line east of Cougar Creek Road. Firing will continue today, if wind and weather conditions allow. It is expected to produce minimal amounts of fire and smoke as it moves through the understory. Crews are also using heavy equipment to prepare a contingency line along Frying Pan Ridge, in the event the fire moves that far north.
Crews continue to secure the dozer line on Independence Ridge to Johnson’s Hunting Ground, making progress toward declaring more of the line contained. They have put hand line, dozer line and/or hoses around the areas where the fire had moved or spotted across the line. Firefighters are also improving the Chicken Ladder Road (15N13) and Titus Ridge Road (15N10), creating additional contingency lines to block potential fire movement to the east or west, should the fire breach the northern contingency line.
The Highway 96 Structure Group continues to support operations along the dozer line on Independence Ridge to Johnson’s Hunting Ground. Firefighters are also patrolling the 96 corridor, including areas west of the highway, checking for any evidence of spot fires. No spot fires have been detected west of the Klamath River or the highway.
The Elk Creek Structure Group is assessing structures in the southern end of Happy Camp. They are beginning to implement point protection around some structures as needed. This is a precautionary measure. The fire isn’t expected to reach Happy Camp based on suppression efforts, weather and fire behavior.
Crews working on the west side have contained the fire from Carter Creek Road in the north to Iron Phone Road in the south. Firefighters are using a dozer and masticator to create a contingency line along the Iron Phone Road on the fire’s southern edge. They have moved beyond the washed-out section of the road and are continuing through the 2017 Haypress Fire scar with the goal of taking the contingency line to Black Mountain.
Great Basin Team 3 continues to use infrared flights to track the fire’s progression in the Marble Mountain Wilderness on the southeast side of the fire. Heavy smoke has prevented traditional recon flights over the fire for several days. That is not expected to change today. The fire is moving slowly on the south side of Medicine Mountain, backing down to Wooley Creek drainage. As the appropriate resources become available, firefighters will look at options for engaging the fire in the wilderness.
Weather: Hot, dry weather is expected to be the norm for the next several days. Temperatures are predicted to reach the 90s in the Klamath Valley, with low humidity and minimal wind. There is a 15 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms on Tuesday. Winds associated with the passing cold front could help move some of the smoke from the McCash Fire out of the area, but may bring in smoke from other nearby fires.
No Drone Zone: A temporary flight restriction(TFR)remains in place over the McCash Fire. Flying a hobbyist drone over a fire puts everyone at risk and hinders firefighting suppression efforts. If you fly, we must ground all aircraft due to the dangers unauthorized drones pose to firefighting aircraft. To find information about the TFR, visit https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_1_0033.html. Remember, a TFR also applies to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones.
Smoke: Smoke from the McCash Fire and neighboring fires in northern California is impacting local communities. For air quality information go to https://fire.airnow.gov or https://bit.ly/SiskiyouWildfireSmoke.
Evacuations: For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff or the county evacuation map at https://bit.ly/SiskiyouEvacMap.
All residents are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED Emergency Alert at: https://bit.ly/CodeRedSiskiyou
Roads: Road information can be found by calling 1-800-427-7623 or on the Caltrans website https://roads.dot.ca.gov/
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U.S. Forest Service Region 5 https://bit.ly/R5ForestClosures
Six Rivers National Forest https://bit.ly/SRNFNotices
Klamath National Forest https://bit.ly/KNFNotices
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