August 9 Update Am
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
Date started: July 31, 2013
Number of Personnel: 1,182
Location: 4 miles west of Sawyers Bar, Salmon River, CA
Size: 9,188 acres
Percent Contained: 16%
Estimated Containment Date: unknown
Water Tenders: 20
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
Todays’s Update: Last night, crews patrolled and continued preparations around Sawyers Bar, Idlewild and Mule Bridge. Two minor injuries occurred yesterday. Today, crews will continue structure protection, patrols and fireline construction along Sawyers Bar Road, also constructing indirect line along the west flank of the fire. Firefighters will continue to take advantage of today’s moderate fire behavior and construct direct line along the north edge in Specimen and Jackass Creeks. Crews will chip slash to clear contingency lines ahead of the fire at Mule Bridge, Idlewild and Swayers Bar. Due to predicted lightning activity levels, team resources will prepare for initial attack on the Salmon/Scott River Ranger District north of the North Fork Salmon River within the district boundary. A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 11:00 p.m. today for dry thunderstorms and associated erratic winds. Evacuations: An Evacuation Advisory is in effect for all residents along the North Fork 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 more information on the evacuation advisory. 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:
Last night, fire behavior was limited to creeping and smoldering with most of the heat being retained in heavy fuels and stumps. Today, due to scattered precipitation occurring yesterday afternoon, the fire is expected to have limited spread northeasterly into Sawmill Gulch; easterly beyond Tanners Peak; and westerly towards Big Creek. 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 information on the Orleans Complex (Butler Fire), please call 530-618-2101.