August 9 Update Pm
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
Salmon River Complex Update Email: firstname.lastname@example.org InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3575/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/info_ciimt1 Flickr: http://tinyurl.com/n3tgqta Community Meeting: A community meeting will be held tomorrow, August 10th, at 6 p.m. at the Salmon River Restoration Council building (25631 Sawyers Bar Road -old Sawyers Bar school) in Sawyers Bar. Fire officials will provide an operational update the Salmon River Complex. Significant progress was made today in constructing hand line along the northeast side of the fire in addition to the completion of indirect line along Yellow Jacket ridge. Chipping operations were completed from Idlewild to Mule Bridge and along Sawyers Bar Road to Sawyers Bar. Salmon River Complex firefighters and aircraft supported the Klamath National Forest with initial attack and water drops on new lightning caused fires detected today. Tonight, crews will patrol the fire edge along Sawyers Bar road.
Fire Behavior and Air Quality: Active surface fire and group tree torching occurred east of Jackass Gulch. There was creeping and smoldering fire activity on the west side below Yellow Jacket Ridge. Fire growth is expected to be minimal tonight due to widespread precipitation, increased humidity, and cooler temperatures.
Today’s air quality in Sawyers Bar was in the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” category. For information on smoke conditions, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District or North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District. New Closure Order: A new closure order will be implemented beginning Aug. 10, 2013, expanding the existing closure around the Salmon River Complex and Butler Fires on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests. Sawyers Bar Road remains 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 remains closed west of Forks of Salmon. Please see http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5430601.pdf for the full closure order and associated map. Red Flag Warning: is in effect until 11:00 p.m. tonight due to forecast dry thunderstorms and associated erratic winds. Evacuations: An Evacuation Advisory remains 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/.
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/.
Butler Fire: For information on the Orleans Complex (Butler Fire), please call 530-618-2101.