STATS: 93,514 acres | 61% contained
507 Personnel | 10 Crews | 13 Engines | 4 Dozers | 2 Masticators | 7 Water Tenders | 6 Aircraft
ORLEANS, Calif. – There is minimal activity on the McCash Fire, primarily in heavy dead and down fuels, and smoldering and creeping in deeper duff and litter. Cooler nighttime temperatures and higher humidity is helping suppress fire activity. No perimeter growth is expected.
Suppression efforts have started north of the fire perimeter and along Elk Ridge. Crews are finding remaining hot spots along Chicken Ladder Road and extinguishing them; mop up and patrol will continue in that area. Heavy equipment is moving in to prepare for suppression repair efforts on the west side of the fire. Chippers are working on the 10 Bear, Black Mountain, and Ti Bar roads. Ground and air patrols will monitor the status of the fire 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: Since the one COVID-19 positive case on August 11, seven more people associated with the McCash Fire have tested positive.Three members of an isolated four-member crew in Happy Camp tested positive and were quarantined. After one person at the Incident Command Post in Orleans tested positive for COVID-19 on September 27, close contacts have been tested daily. Two days ago, one of those contacts also tested positive for COVID-19, and yesterday two more close contacts in the same team tested positive. Daily testing provided the information needed to identify those positive cases, isolate them, and give people the care they need. 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: Forest closures are in effect for the fire 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
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: 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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