August 8 Update Pm
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
Salmon River Complex Update
Date started: July 31, 2013
Number of Personnel: 1,175
Location: 4 miles west of Sawyers Bar, Salmon River, CA
Size: 9,005 acres
Percent Contained: 16%
Estimated Containment Date: unknown
Water Tenders: 13
Helicopters: 2 Type 1, 3 Type 2, and 1 Type 3
Cost to Date: $6,600,000
Air Tankers: available upon request
Structures Threatened: 50
Injuries to Date: 3
Today, fire crews mopped up along the Sawyers Bar Road to the western edge of the fire. There are seven chippers working in the Mule Bridge and Idlewild areas. Direct fireline was started on the northeast side of the fire in the Jackass Gulch, Specimen Creek and Tanners Peak areas
Tonight, crews will monitor the fire’s progress around Sawyers Bar, Idlewild and Mule Bridge and implement structure protection if needed. Two minor injuries occurred today.
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. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Services are working with fire managers to assure close communication and coordination. 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:
Today, fire behavior moderated with isolated single tree torching on the west and east with active surface fire observed on the east side.
Tonight, minimal fire spread is expected due to lower temperatures and higher humidities with a chance of wet thunderstorms.
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.
Residents are encouraged to complete their fire hazard reduction to assist firefighters in defending their homes. 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.