STATS: 93,245 acres | 61% contained
580 Personnel | 12 Crews | 20 Engines | 4 Dozers | 2 Masticators | 8 Water Tenders | 7 Aircraft
ORLEANS, Calif. – Suppression repair crews are starting north of the fire and will continue south. They are working in China Grade on contingency line that was put in early in the fire. Chicken Ladder Road is being prepped for repair, as is the 10 Bear Road to Ukonom Lookout. Hazard mitigation is wrapping up on Black Mountain Road.
Recent reconnaissance flights showed minimal heat and fire activity. Infrared monitoring indicated some heat in the northeast corner, but the chance of active fire behavior at this point is slim. Smoldering heavy fuels (large trees and logs) will continue to produce smoke. Daily flights, as weather permits, will monitor the fire activity and perimeter.
With fall hunting underway, please watch for firefighters as they work in the forest. Forest closures remain in effect, check the maps before you go. Always use caution in fire-impacted areas. Watch out for snag hazards, ash pits, rockfall, and heavy equipment on the roads.
COVID-19: After one person at the Incident Command Post in Orleans tested positive for COVID-19 on September 27, close contacts have been tested daily. Yesterday one of those contacts also tested positive for COVID-19. In response, that person has been quarantined and the whole camp has been tested. No one else tested positive. In an abundance of caution, an outdoor community meeting planned for yesterday was cancelled. Updates that were to be presented at the meeting can be found on social media (see links below). 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. Firefighter safety and public safety are our highest priorities.
Closures: The Six Rivers National Forest recently issued a new forest closure order and closures remain in effect on the Klamath National Forest. 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
Evacuations: Siskiyou County has lifted McCash Fire Evacuation Warnings for the following areas: Along Highway 96 south of Ukonom Creek, East of Somes Bar near Steinacher Creek, Marble Mountain Wilderness Area near Hell Hole Ridge, South Fork Wooley Creek, Canyon Creek, Tompkins Creek, Grider Ridge, East Fork Elk Creek area, Titus Creek, Clear Creek, and Dillon Creek. See a map at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/evacuations
Smoke and air quality: Current morning conditions show all monitors in the forecast area registering good air quality. Terrain-driven smoke coupled with light winds from the north-northwest will move any smoke south and southeast throughout the day. Expect all surrounding communities to be in the good AQI all day with any early morning settled smoke lifting around 11 AM. Temperatures will continue to increase through the weekend creating conditions for possible increased fire activity and smoke production. 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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