STATS: 92,833 acres | 41% contained 613 Personnel | 13 Crews | 26 Engines | 4 Dozers | 3 Masticators | 11 Water Tenders | 10 Aircraft | 1 UAS
ORLEANS, Calif. – Yesterday on the McCash Fire, crews completed a contingency line near Wolf Place north of China Grade and strengthened fireline to enclose the Bishop Bowl. Several unmanned aerial system (UAS) flights collected infrared (IR) imagery of the fire. The IR showed activity in the Wooley Creek drainage, but no real change in the active fire edge. Areas of heat were detected in the Black Mountain area that crews extinguished.
Today will see some cooling temperatures with increasing clouds leading to light rain overnight. Moderate fire activity is expected, with lower Wooley Creek, Steinacher Ridge, and upper Wooley Creek having the potential to be most active. No significant perimeter growth is expected. Interior pockets of fuel will continue to burn out and produce smoke. Communities north and east of the fire—Happy Camp, Sawyer Bar, and Etna—are likely to experience heavy smoke in the morning that should clear by the afternoon. Residents in these areas may want to limit time outdoors until air quality improves.
Air and ground operations will focus on the north side of Huckleberry Mountain today to secure the perimeter. Crews will monitor Bishop Bowl from Titus Peak and patrol the containment line along the west side of the fire. Helicopter bucket operations continue in Wooley Creek and Steinacher Ridge to reduce fire spread potential towards Somes Bar, Oak Bottom, and the Salmon River corridor. Structure protection groups will continue fire-wise assessments and mitigations with landowners.
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: Get the latest updates here: https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/CaliforniaNorthCoast Also see: https://fire.airnow.gov/ for regional smoke conditions and https://www.epa.gov/smoke-ready-toolbox-wildfires for tips on how to avoid the effects of smoke.
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