Salmon River Complex Update August 12, 2013 8:00 Am
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
Salmon River Complex Update
The Salmon River Complex is currently 9,920 acres with 37-percent containment. There are 28 crews, 51 engines, 5 dozers, 21 water tenders and 6 helicopters for a total of 1,044 personnel working on the fire.
Today, firefighters plan to conduct minimal firing operations to check westerly spread of the fire along the Yellow Jacket Ridge control line. Crews will reinforce and hold line along the northern perimeter of the fire and continue to construct direct handline on the divide between Jackass and Sawmill Gulches. Above Jackass Gulch, the fire crossed over handline on the ridge west of Tanners Peak. Safety concerns allowed only the use of aircraft on this three-acre area yesterday. Safety concerns have moderated enough to allow the use of hand-crews last night and this morning.
Around the community of Sawyers Bar, structure protection and daily sprinkler system tests are planned along with mop-up to a depth of 150-feet along the Salmon River Road.
Fire Behavior and Air Quality:
Last night, fire growth was minimal with creeping and smoldering in heavy dead and down fuels.
Today, the the west side of the fire will move upslope on the west side of the Big Creek drainage. The east side of the fire will actively burn above Jackass Gulch making isolated crown runs to the south
The air around Sawyers Bar and Forks of Salmon will be in the unhealthy range for most of the day and night. There will be some clearing around 3-4 p.m., but this will be short-lived and return to unhealthy levels. With the forecasted southwest transport winds, Etna, Fort Jones and Yreka will see smoke increase throughout the day and into early morning hours. Air Quality Index levels are predicted to moderate to healthy levels by 2 p.m. For information on smoke conditions, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District (http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/ag/apc.aspx), the national Interagency Real-Time Smoke Monitoring network (http://app.airsis.com/usfs/fleet.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/.