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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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Phone: 530-380-2152
Hours: M-Su 7am - 7 pm

McCash Fire Update 9.24.2921

McCash Fire Wildfire
News – 9/24/2021

STATS: 92,639 acres | 36% contained 626 Personnel | 14 Crews | 26 Engines | 4 Dozers | 3 Masticators | 12 Water Tenders | 9 Aircraft | 1 UAS 

ORLEANS, Calif. – The McCash Fire continues to smolder with a slight increase in fire behavior but no further advancement. The two areas with the most heat are the northeast corner of the fire around Huckleberry Mountain and in the southern portion of the fire around Wooley Creek.
Yesterday, smoke jumpers were dropped southeast of Huckleberry Mountain and are working, in combination with bucket operations, along Buckhorn Mountain near the Pacific Crest Trail. The smoke jumpers are starting on the east side, working northwest, to stop northward movement of the fire. 
Further west, a hot shot crew successfully fired limited areas within the 88 Bowl to slowly burn out surface fuels. Crews also brushed along Cougar Creek and conducted firing to secure the containment line. In the southern portion of the fire, air operations were conducted in the Wooley Creek drainage. Flights also surveyed the eastern edge of the fire and detected no forward movement.
Today brushing will wrap up along Cougar Creek. Crews will continue to mop up along Elk Creek and fire fuels as needed along Chicken Ladder Road to secure the containment line. In the south, crews are grading the N11 Road and removing snags and other hazards in preparation for road improvement in that area. They are pulling water-handling equipment out of the Highway 96 corridor and evaluating Black Mountain Road for access opportunities.
Do you have questions about the fire? A fire update presented by Incident Management Team, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Karuk Tribe will be recorded at 1 pm today. To have your questions answered, email them to: before noon and watch the recording on the national forests’ Facebook pages at: and
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:
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: or and
Smoke and air quality:  Increased firing operation, interior smoldering, and fire behavior will produce more smoke today. 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 to Orleans along the Klamath River will have moderate air quality this morning and throughout the day. Expect ranges to go up in the afternoon and Willow Creek could see USG to Unhealthy for short periods midday. The rest of the regional air monitors show good air quality conditions across the outlook area this morning and should continue throughout the day. Get the latest updates on the status of smoke and air quality here:
McCash Fire Information 530-380-2152 

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