August 7 Update Pm
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
KLAMATH NATIONAL FOREST
1711 South Main Street Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 841-6131 www.fs.usda.gov/klamath
Aug. 7, 2013
Fire Information Line:
Salmon River Complex Update
Date started: July 31, 2013
Number of Personnel: 1,079
Location: 4 miles west of Sawyers Bar, Salmon River, CA
Size: 7,884 acres
Percent Contained: 16%
Estimated Containment Date: unknown
Water Tenders: 14
Helicopters: 2 Type 1, 4 Type 2, and 1 Type 3
Cost to Date: $5,500,000
Air Tankers: available upon request
Structures Threatened: 50
Injuries to Date: 1
Today, the west flank of the Salmon River Complex saw very little growth. The fire expanded into the headwaters of Jackass Gulch. Numerous spot fires developed approximately one-half mile north-northeast of Tanners Peak in the headwaters of Sawmill Gulch.
Tonight, crews will monitor fire progress in the communities of Sawyers Bar, Idlewild and Mule Bridge. They will implement structure perimeter protection if needed. The expected fire spread tonight will be east one-quarter mile beyond Tanners Peak, north approximately one-quarter mile into Sur Creek and southwest approximately one-quarter mile into Big Creek. This movement is largely due to topographic features and southerly winds.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 11:00 p.m. Friday for dry thunderstorms and associated erratic winds.
An Evacuation Advisory was issued for all residents along the North Fork of the Salmon River from Kelly Gulch to Idlewild and Mule Bridge to the Marble Mountain Wilderness Boundary. See http://inciweb.org/incident/article/3575/19865/ for the evacuation notices. An evacuation center has been established by the Red Cross at Etna Union High School, 400 Howell Avenue, Etna. Domestic pets may also be taken to the high school where kennels will be available. Large animals may be taken to the Dean McBroom Ranch at 1442 Sawyers Bar Road, Etna. Call 530-467-3711.
For tips on how to prepare for an evacuation and what to do if you are evacuated, residents are encouraged to visit the “Ready, Set, Go” Website at http://www.readyforwildfire.org/.
Fire Behavior and Smoke:
Active crowning with long-range spotting was observed this afternoon. Lower temperatures and higher humidity will moderate fire behavior tonight.
All communities near the fires should expect to be impacted by smoke. For information on smoke conditions, visit http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/AG/apc.aspx, http://app.airsis.com/usfs/fleet.aspx or http://www.airnow.gov/.
Smoke can pose health concerns. Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” Website for smoke protection information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.
A portion of the Klamath National Forest near the fire area is closed to public entry. See the Klamath National Forest Website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5430601.pdf for a description and map.
Sawyer’s Bar Road is closed to public traffic from Etna Summit to the Forks of Salmon. Residents, with proof of residency, will be allowed through the closure. Residents may encounter one-way traffic control within the closure area. The Salmon River Road is closed west of Forks of Salmon.
For fire prevention information visit “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire” at http://www.preventwildfireca.org.
For information on the Orleans Complex (Butler Fire), please call 530-618-2101.