McCash Fire & Little Marble Fire Update – Sept. 18, 2021 8 a.m.
ORLEANS, Calif. – The McCash Fire has grown to 84,471 acres. Increasing 2,000 acres from yesterday and is 26% contained. 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. This includes the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Please respect the fire closure for your safety and firefighter safety. To view the closure order and map visit the McCash Fire Inciweb website.
Great Basin Incident Management Team 7, the Six Rivers National Forest and the Klamath National Forest have benefited greatly in the partnership with the Karuk Tribe in determining fire suppression actions on the McCash Fire. Their local and historical knowledge has assisted fire managers in accomplishing quality work on the ground to contain the McCash Fire.
Yesterday, the fire continued to burn actively in the Elk Creek area in fuels that have not been burned in recent years. Evacuation orders were increased for homes south of Mile Post 2 on Elk Creek Road. The weather front bringing rain to the area also brought winds, which kept the fire burning through the night. The fire is well established across Chicken Ladder Road. The fire did cross Titus Ridge to the west. Hotshot crews are working to box the fire in with handline between Titus Ridge and the 15N10 Road. The fire remains south of Titus Peak. Firefighters are attacking the fire from the ground and with the assistance of helicopters when visibility allows. Fire continues to creep around Huckleberry Mountain and does not show signs of making a run. Rains will hopefully assist firefighters in their efforts.
The Highway 96 Structure Group finished prepping around the Tribal Center and school near Somes Bar. They will continue assessing and prepping structures in the Hwy 96 and 93 corridors as needed. Crews made some progress opening the Ti Bar Road by cutting downed timber and felling hazardous trees. Heavy equipment is being prepositioned to clear roads if necessary, after the rains come through.
Little Marble firefighters finished back hauling gear and hiked out. A fire module will check the fire Monday. This is the last update for the Little Marble Fire.
Total Personnel: 675 | Crews: 12 | Engines: 22 | Dozers: 5 | Masticators: 7 | Watertenders: 11 | Aircraft: 8
Evacuations: Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Facebook: @SiskiyouCountySheriff