STATS: 92,549 acres | 36% contained 632 Personnel | 14 Crews | 27 Engines | 4 Dozers | 3 Masticators | 12 Water Tenders | 9 Aircraft | 1 UAS
ORLEANS, Calif. – Containment increased 14% due to a combination of a change in the contours of the fire edge, better information from air- and ground-based crews, and improved mapping.
Yesterday, the McCash Fire activity increased slightly, burning through fine fuels, as a high-pressure system started to move in. The warmer, drier weather is expected to result in a slow, incremental increase in fire activity through the week. The clear weather and light winds have allowed active air operations and an assessment of the entire fire area.
As a result, the Incident Management Team has been able to identify areas of the fire that are more active, or more likely to become active, within this rugged landscape. This allows them “to apply the right resource in the right place at the right time,” said Incident Commander Norm McDonald. For example, the team is confident in the containment of the fire to the north along Cougar Creek Road, Titus Ridge, and into Elk Creek, but will continue to monitor the area closely. Holding the fire on Titus Ridge and stopping spread north down the Elk Creek drainage is a critical emphasis.Fire activity around Huckleberry Mountain will be suppressed with a combination of air operation water drops and a team of smoke jumpers coming in today that can go direct along the fire in that steep country.
In the southern portion of the fire, crews are working along Black Mountain Trail and the Wooley Creek area to clear access so they can directly attack the fire perimeter near Black Mountain Trailhead and Wooley Camp. Crewswill continue assessing and protecting structures in the Highway 96 and Salmon River corridors.
COVID-19: 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
Evacuations: 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: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/evacuations
Closures: 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: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7757/66325/ or https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices and https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/srnf/alerts-notices
Smoke and air quality: Expect areas of smoke along the Wooley Creek drainage flowing by terrain-driven winds into the Klamath River basin. As we saw yesterday, Willow Creek and Hoopa will have moderate air quality in the middle of the day with good air quality in morning and night. The rest of the regional air monitors show good air quality conditions across the outlook area this morning and should continue throughout the day. We could see an increase in smoke, if the fire becomes more active. For more information, see: https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/CaliforniaNorthCoast
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McCash Fire Information