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McCash Fire

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Six Rivers National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1330 Bayshore Way
Eureka, CA 95501

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McCash Fire Update 9.22.2021

McCash Fire Wildfire
News – 9/22/2021

STATS: 92,602 acres | 22% contained 622 Personnel | 14 Crews | 23 Engines | 4 Dozers | 4 Masticators | 13 Water Tenders | 8 Aircraft 
ORLEANS, Calif. – Siskiyou County reduced evacuation levels to a warning for the area west of Highway 96 and north of Independence Creek, Chicken Ladder Road, and Cougar Creek. Evacuations have been lifted entirely around Happy Camp north of Titus Ridge and Frying Pan Ridge. See a map at:

Yesterday a reconnaissance flight over the McCash Fire allowed for a more accurate map of the fire area. The increased acreage is due to pockets of previously unburned fuels that have now been consumed. From the air, the team could see that fire activity consisted primarily of smoldering fuels with limited and isolated torching. Fire behavior has been moderated by recent cool and wet weather, but the fire remains driven by steep terrain, plentiful fuels, and ongoing severe drought conditions. Old fire scars bordering the fire help to slow fire progression. The fire is generally following unburned gaps between the burned areas from the last decade. With slowed progression, the strategy is to directly contain the active fire edge and use the burn-scarred area as contingency.

A weak cold front will pass over the fire this morning bringing a short-lived cooling, dampening trend and light westerly winds. Tomorrow will be the start of another warming and drying trend. A high-pressure system is expected to strengthen over of the week delivering warmer-than-normal conditions and dry weather.

Crews will continue suppression and mop-up, primarily from Elk Creek west and south along the fire edge to the Highway 96 corridor, and north to Independence/Ferry Point. Direct attack will be used whenever possible. Scouting for indirect line and line preparation will continue across the fire. Holding the fire on Titus Ridge and stopping spread north down the Elk Creek drainage remains a high priority. Crews will continue scouting and assessing structures in the Highway 96 and Salmon River corridors. The structure protection group will continue to assess and protect structures.

Did you miss last night’s meeting in Happy Camp? Look for it at: and

COVID-19 precautions and mitigations remain a high priority on this incident. All personnel connected to the fire are stringently following federal, state, and local guidance. One positive test was recorded among fire personnel on August 11; all tests have returned negative since. For more information, see: COVID19.CA.GOV

 Closures remain in effect for the McCash Fire area of Six Rivers National Forest and Klamath National Forest. The Klamath National Forest has closed all lands, trails, and roads within the McCash Fire Closure Area.Please respect the fire closure for your safety and firefighter safety. For more information and maps of the closed areas, see: or and

Smoke and air quality:
 Smoke production will be from interior smoldering that will accumulate throughout the day and put most areas in the moderate air quality ranges. This smoke should only be visible as a haze across the forecast area. Most areas will have the same air quality as yesterday but should notice more smoke this afternoon compared to yesterday due to terrain-driven winds pushing smoke down drainages and into the Klamath River basin. In general, expect ranges to go from Good to Moderate throughout the day. For more information, see:   
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