Salmon River Complex Update 8/11/13 8am
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 The Salmon River Complex is currently 9,748 acres with 30 percent containment. There are 31 crews, 56 engines, 5 dozers, 21 water tenders and 6 helicopters for a total of 1,147 personnel working on the fire. The decrease in acreage is due to improved GPS mapping. Today’s Actions: Last night, a public meeting was held in the community of Sawyers Bar. Local residents expressed interest in fire line operations and future fire management actions. Firefighters monitored and patroled along Sawyers Bar Road and along the North Fork of the Salmon River to Mule Bridge.Today, firefighters will construct direct handline along the northwestern and northeastern flanks of the fire. Crews are utilizing remote spike camps to stay in safe proximity to the firelines and reduce travel fatigue. Mop-up to a depth of 150 feet continues along the Sawyers Bar Road. Structural protection crews are conducting daily testing of sprinkler systems around the community of Sawyers Bar. Salmon River Complex firefighters and aircraft will continue to assist with area initial attack as needed.
Fire Behavior and Air Quality:
Last night, there was minimal fire activity with limited fire spread. The large diameter fuels and stumps are holding heat.
Today, as fuels begin to dry, the west flank of the fire will continue to creep into the Big Creek drainage. On the east flank the fire will continue to creep into Neilon Gulch.
Sawyers Bar will be in the unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy range until 1400 hours. As the inversion lifts, the air quality will improve to moderate levels. Smoke will start to roll into Etna and Ft. Jones around 1400 hours with the air quality levels bordering on the good to moderate range. Smoke will drift into Yreka around the 1400 hours; the PM levels will increase, bordering on the good to moderate range. Over all, there will be a slight improvement in the air quality, with the exception of low laying drainages, where the air quality levels will stay in the unhealthy levels until the local inversions start to lift. For information on smoke conditions, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District (http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/ag/apc.aspx) or the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (http://ncuaqmd.org/). Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for smoke protection information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.
Closure Order: A Forest Order is in effect expanding the prior 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. 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/. For fire prevention information visit “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire” at http://www.preventwildfireca.org
Butler Fire: For information on the Orleans Complex (Butler Fire), call 530-618-2101 or visit http://inciweb.org/incident/3577/.