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Yeti and Alex Fires

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1711 S. Main St 
Yreka, 
96097 
1711 S. Main St 
Yreka, 
96097 

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  • Klamath National Forest
    Phone:
    530-842-6131
    Hours:
    Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Yeti and Alex Fire Updates August 7, 2022

Yeti and Alex Fires
News - 08/08/2022

  

 

Incident Start:   Yeti, 7/29/2022   Alex, 7/31/2022

Incident type: Wildland Fires

Cause: Lightning    

Incident location: Klamath National Forest, California

Acres:  

Yeti, 7878

Alex, 151

Percent contained:

Yeti, 19%

Alex, 80%

Total Personnel (both fires): 

Crews, 33

Engines, 59

Dozers, 20

Water tenders, 17

Helicopters, 6

First responder injuries: 2

 

First responder fatalities: 0

 

Structures threatened: 1146*
 
* Increase in number of structures threatened is due to the addition of Happy Camp, which was put into an evacuation warning status on August 5

 

Structures damaged/destroyed: 0

 Summary:

Yeti: The Yeti Fire held within constructed containment lines overnight.

Along Highway 96 and the river, the fire continues to back slowly down, consuming small pockets of yet-unburned vegetation as it moves. Embers thrown by large burning snags could still threaten containment, and crews remain on scene to ensure that no vegetation is able to ignite on the wrong side of the line.

West of Seiad, firefighters continued to mop up containment lines along Grider Creek Road, gaining between 100 and 150 feet of cold black line along the fire’s perimeter. Little heat has been detected along that line.

Mop up continues on the south end of the fire. Favorable weather and availability of crews and engines allowed firefighters to work directly along the fire’s active edge, and the entire southern edge is now lined. However, containment will only by declared when good depth is achieved and there is no chance of a hot ember escaping. Despite this, crews are continuing to work today on contingency lines to protect communities.

Crews continue to work along Highway 96, and motorists are asked to watch their speed. Smoke may be present on roadways, which can cause limited visibility.

Alex: The Alex Fire remains at 151 acres and is showing little heat. Crews continue to mop up.

Weather: Hotter and drier weather is expected to persist today. However, the Red Flag Warning and Fire Weather Watch predicted for the McKinney Fire is not anticipated to have a large effect on the Yeti Fire area.

Evacuations and closures: Evacuations are in effect in the fire area. For information on evacuations, please visit https://community.zonehaven.com/ To sign up for alerts, including critical evacuation information, please visit https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Highway 96 remains closed due to the McKinney Fire.

Fire restrictions and an emergency fire area closure are in effect on the Klamath National Forest. For more information, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices/

Information about the McKinney Fire (east of the Yeti Fire along Highway 96) is available at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8287/