McCash Fire & Little Marble Fire Update – Sept. 16, 2021 8 a.m.
ORLEANS, Calif. – The McCash Fire has grown to 80,611 acres. Increasing 1,799 acres from yesterday and is 10% contained. The Little Marble Fire is 26 acres and 100% contained.
Containment lines along the western edge of the McCash Fire continue to hold as firefighters work to secure them further with mop up. Helicopters cooled the edge of the McCash Fire that is encroaching the 2017 Ukonom burn scar and doused spot fires in the area.
The fire continues burning near Elk Creek and is making its way down into the Bishop Creek drainage. Hotshots have set up pumps and hose lines in Bishop Creek and are working to knock the fire down. Firefighters are looking at implementing alternative holding lines off Titus Ridge to give them additional strategies to utilize in the coming days.
Helicopters supported firefighters along Doolittle Creek Road as fire activity picked up yesterday afternoon. Unlike previous days, fire activity subsided near Huckleberry Mountain. Fire managers are scouting out holding options closer to the northeast edge of the fire.
The Highway 96 Structure Group will continue contacting property owners to assess and prep structures in the Lewis Creek, Butler Flat and Somes Bar areas. Prep includes brush clearing and installing hoses, pumps and sprinklers to protect homes and other infrastructure.
Fire managers are looking at potential places for handline to hold the southern edge. They are considering Portuguese Peak and Wooley Creek trails. Recent fire history is inhibiting fire growth to the east.
Little Marble firefighters are continuing to mop up and fully extinguish the fire. They will start back hauling gear today.
Meteorologists are predicting wetting rains for Saturday, which firefighters hope will support them in suppression operations.
Total Personnel: 632 | Crews: 10 | Engines: 19 | Dozers: 5 | Masticators: 12 | Watertenders: 11 | Aircraft: 8
Closures: Check for closures on the Klamath NF and Six Rivers NF websites. Please be cautious if you are in the area for your safety and firefighter safety.
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