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McCash Fire

Unit Information

Six Rivers National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1330 Bayshore Way
Eureka, CA 95501

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Information Officer
Email: 2021.mccash@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-380-2152
Hours: M-Su 7am - 7 pm

McCash Fire Update 9.28.2021

McCash Fire Wildfire
News – 9/28/2021

STATS: 93,244 acres | 48% contained

596 Personnel | 12 Crews | 28 Engines | 2 Dozers | 3 Masticators | 12 Water Tenders | 8 Aircraft 

ORLEANS, Calif. – Yesterday’s rain further quieted the McCash Fire. Today should bring clearing skies but remain cool. A warming and drying trend will begin tomorrow, with highs climbing to around 80 and humidity falling to the mid-20 percent range. The warming and drying trend will continue through the end of the week but is not expected to significantly increase fire activity.

As fire suppression efforts wind down, a few projects are wrapping up. Smokejumpers will finish hot-spotting around Huckleberry Mountain. Mop-up continues south down Chicken Ladder Road and west over to Highway 96 to secure the containment line. Hazard tree removal is in progress along the 10 Bear, Camp 3, and Black Mountain roads. Structure protection groups continue fire-wise assessments and mitigations in nearby communities, including in Wolf Place and China Grade.

Suppression repair will begin in the next few days. As the fire burns east, it will be impeded by natural barriers, such as rocky terrain and old burn scars. Even so, ground and air patrols will continue to observe the fire boundary to detect any unusual fire activity.

COVID-19: Yesterday three people from a four-person crew tested positive for COVID-19 after reporting minor symptoms. The incident medical team conducted contact tracing and determined the team had not exposed others. The team is isolated and being sent home. One other positive test result was detected yesterday at the Incident Command Post—the first one since August 11. That person is in isolation, contact tracing has been conducted, and anyone who was in contact with that person is being tested. 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. 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.

Follow us on social media: Look for updates, videos, and stories for the McCash Fire at:  www.facebook.com/SixRiversNFwww.facebook.com/KlamathNF, and www.facebook.com/karukpeople

McCash Fire Information 530-380-2152 2021.mccash@firenet.gov 

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