Salt Creek Fire Update -- August 4, 2012 @ 8:00am
Incident: Salt Creek Wildfire
Interagency Incident Management Team
Salt Creek Fire
Shasta Lake, California
Fire Information Office:
Staffed 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
August 4, 2012 @ 8am
For Immediate Release
Salt Creek Fire Update
Started: August 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm
Cause: Under investigation
Fuels: Fire is burning in timber and brush in steep terrain
Estimated Size: 980 acres
Containment: Currently 75%.
Committed Resources: Approximately 605 people
Structures Threatened: 10
Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 1 outbuilding
Summary: The fire is located on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest (Shasta Lake Ranger District) approximately 20 miles north of Redding along Interstate 5. Interstate 5 is currently open in both directions. Motorists are advised to be aware of smoke on the roadway, and to watch for fire personnel in the area.
NorCal Team 2 (Joe Molhoek, Incident Commander) continues to manage the Salt Creek Fire for the Forest. Firefighters continue today to improve and strengthen fire containment lines and mop-up hot spots within 200 feet of the fire perimeter. Other than some interior torching of unburned islands of fuels, the fire is not expected to advance any further. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) continues to work on restoring power in the fire area. Fire managers are working with Forest Resource Advisors to identify fire suppression repair actions. Firefighters are prepared for initial attack due to predicted lightning activity. For additional fire information, visit http://www.inciweb.org/.
Evacuations and Closures:
All evacuation orders on the west side of the Interstate 5 have been lifted and Gregory Creek area campgrounds are open. Roads are open to residents.
Remarks: Other recreational opportunities exist within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/stnf/ for more information. Recreationists and visitors are asked to remember their fire safety precautions and review forest fire restrictions currently in place. Additionally, all motorists should review the new "One Less Spark-One Less Wildfire" campaign.
The Shasta-Trinity National Forest, NorCal Interagency Incident Management Team 2, and the firefighters thank all of the interagency and local cooperators, and the Red Cross for the support, assistance and coordination during the Salt Creek incident.
Special Notice: If you have any information concerning the cause of the fire, please call the tip line at (530) 226-2766.