STATS: 93,244 acres | 48% contained 600 Personnel | 12 Crews | 27 Engines | 4 Dozers | 3 Masticators | 12 Water Tenders | 8 Aircraft
ORLEANS, Calif. – Activity on the McCash Fire is minimal and is expected to be further limited by a cold front moving in. Light rain is expected through tonight with cooler temperatures, considerably dampening fire activity.
Containment increased around Huckleberry Mountain as smokejumpers secured the fireline there yesterday. Weather and access permitting, crews will continue to mop-up, secure, and mitigate hazards along the 10 Bear, Camp 3, and Black Mountain roads. Structure protection groups will continue fire-wise assessments and mitigations along Ishi Pishi Road and pull equipment out of areas where they have completed work.
Active firefighting is coming to an end due to low fire activity, favorable weather, and successful suppression and containment operations. The containment line is secure along the north, west, and southwest boundary of the fire near population centers and structures. The remainder of the fire perimeter is confined by natural barriers. The eastern boundary of the fire in the Marble Mountain Wilderness is constrained by rugged, rocky terrain (discontinuous fuels) and previous burn scars with sparse fuels. Evidence of fire behavior over the last week has shown that burn scars have slowed and held the fire in place. The fire is expected to smolder and creep slowly until it runs out of fuel and fall/winter conditions put it out. The Incident Management Team will continue to closely monitor conditions by air and on the ground. In the coming days, work will focus on repairing damage caused by fire suppression activities to facilitate natural regeneration of the environment and allow safe access to the forest.
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. As a service to the firefighters, COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the ICP, Happy Camp, and Yreka. This is not a mandate, but an opportunity for firefighters who have been in the field all summer to have access to the vaccine.
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 on air quality and the smoke forecast 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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