McCash Fire & Little Marble Fire Update – Sept. 15, 2021 8 a.m.
ORLEANS, Calif. – The McCash Fire has grown to 78,812 acres. Increasing 1,584 acres from yesterday and is 10% contained. The Little Marble Fire is 26 acres with 30% containment.
No Drone Zone: Droneshave been seen flying near the McCash Fire, very close to the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) and areas where firefighters are working. Should a drone enter the TFR our aircraft will leave the area immediately. This may compromise firefighter safety and impact fire suppression work. Please do not fly in or around areas where firefighters are working. If you fly, we can’t.
Yesterday, the northeast edge the McCash Fire around Huckleberry Mountain burned actively. The east and southeast continue to burn into the Marble Mountain Wilderness. South of Wooley Creek, there are abundant fuels providing opportunity for significant fire growth in this area.
Helicopters provided two reconnaissance flights, but no bucket work was done due to heavy smoke.
The fire has not crossed any of the previously identified containment lines. The decrease in containment is a result of the increased size of the fire perimeter.
Today, there is high potential for very active fire due to low fuel moisture, high temperatures and low relative humidity. The fire in Elk Creek will continue to move west and may challenge containment lines. Crown fire is likely along the tributaries of Wooley Creek. The eastern perimeter will continue to burn into the wilderness.
The Highway 96 Structure Group continues to assess structures along the Highway 96 corridor from Somes Bar to Forks of Salmon. Pre-suppression work will be done as needed, including brush clearing and installing hoses, pumps and sprinklers to protect homes and other infrastructure
Minimal fire activity was observed on the Little Marble Fire. Firefighters will continue to mop up within the handline to assure all hot spots are extinguished.
Total Personnel: 622 | Crews: 10 | Engines: 11 | Dozers: 5 | Masticators: 12 | Watertenders: 11 | Aircraft: 6
Evacuations: Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Facebook: @SiskiyouCountySheriff