McCash Fire & Little Marble Fire Update – Sept. 17, 2021 8 a.m.
ORLEANS, Calif. – The McCash Fire has grown to 82,471 acres. Increasing 1,860 acres from yesterday and containment increased to 28%. The Little Marble Fire is14 acres and 100% contained.
The Six Rivers National Forest and Klamath National Forest have implemented a closure for the McCash Fire area. To view the closure order and map visit the McCash Fire Inciweb website.
Yesterday, the fire was most active in the Elk Creek area. Crossing Bishop Creek and overnight crossing Chicken Ladder Road. Retardant was dropped along Titus Ridge and helicopters dropped buckets of water to moderate the advancing fire. Firefighters worked to knock the flames down, along Elk Creek to Bishop Creek. Today, firefighters will continue to actively engage the fire to slow its northward progression. Firefighters moped up spot fires north of Doolittle Creek Road and monitored the fire activity around Huckleberry Mountain.
The fire continues to burn in the Ukonom Creek area down to the Klamath River. Fire is holding along recent burn scars, which are serving as containment lines. This has resulted in the increased containment. Crews are working to open up the Ti Bar Road by cutting downed timber and felling hazardous trees.
The Highway 96 Structure Group continues prepping structures east of Highway 96 near Somes Bar. The southern edge of the fire is still burning actively in the wilderness. Fire managers are looking at different strategies to engage the southern perimeter.
Little Marble firefighters were able to walk the fire perimeter with a GPS and mapped it at 14 acres. Today, firefighters will finish back hauling gear and hike out. After the weather system comes through this weekend, firefighters will hike in to check the fire.
Total Personnel: 632 | Crews: 10 | Engines: 20 | Dozers: 5 | Masticators: 12 | Watertenders: 11 | Aircraft: 8
Evacuations: Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Facebook: @SiskiyouCountySheriff