STATS: 92,833 acres | 41% contained 613 Personnel | 13 Crews | 29 Engines | 4 Dozers | 3 Masticators | 12 Water Tenders | 9 Aircraft | 1 UAS
ORLEANS, Calif. – The McCash Fire gained containment yesterday as crews secured the fireline on Cougar Creek Road, strengthening the north edge of the fire area. Smokejumpers are working to put out hot spots around Buckhorn and Huckleberry mountains in the northeast corner of the fire. Crews also worked on hazard tree removal along Elk Creek Road in preparation for suppression repair efforts. Patrol and mop up continued along the western edge of the fire. Hazard trees were removed along 10 Bear Road and graders worked the N11 Road.
With the recent warm weather, creeping and smoldering fire behavior will increase as fine fuels dry out. Moderate fire activity may be expected today as fuels continue to dry. Surface fire and torching may increase, but light winds will limit spotting distances to short range. Most fire activity will be in Wooley Creek, Steinacher Ridge, Titus Ridge, and around Huckleberry Mountain. No significant growth is expected. Smoke helps to moderate fire behavior; it acts as a lid and shades ground fuels from direct solar radiation.
Mop-up operations will continue south down Chicken Ladder Road and west over to Highway 96. Small firing operations in Bishop Bowl will keep decreasing fuels in that area. Helicopter bucket operations will continue in Wooley Creek and Steinacher Ridge to reduce the potential for fire to spread toward Somes Bar, Oak Bottom, and the Salmon River corridor. The structure protection group is meeting with homeowners in Somes Bar and along the Ishi Pishy Road for home and structure protection efforts, strengthening community relationships. Crews there are available for initial attack in the unlikely event of a new fire start.
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 a bit less smoke today compared to yesterday along the Wooley Creek drainage and into the Klamath River basin. From Willow Creek to Orleans along the Klamath River expect to see Good to Moderate air quality this morning and throughout the day with the usual afternoon peak. Monitors in the northeast area of the forecast area are showing higher ranges this morning and should stay in the moderate ranges throughout the day. Sawyers Bar will be in the USG to Unhealthy ranges throughout the day. Expect Happy Camp to see Moderate to USG ranges today. Get the latest updates on the status of smoke and air quality here: https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/CaliforniaNorthCoast
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