August 12 Update Pm
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
KLAMATH NATIONAL FOREST
1711 South Main Street Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 841-6131 www.fs.usda.gov/klamath
Aug. 12, 2013
Fire Information Line:
Salmon River Complex Update
Date Started: July 31, 2013
Size: 10,310 acres
Percent Contained: 45%
Est. Date of Containment: 08/15/2013
Committed Resources: 30 crews, 51 engines, 5 dozers, 21 water tenders, 6 helicopters, and 1,126 total personnel
Today’s Actions: Today, Hotshot crews were able to contain the slop-over that crossed the handline west of Tanners Peak yesterday. Aircraft capitalized on increased visibility to assist ground resources. Firefighters conducted minimal firing operations to check the westerly spread of fire along the Yellow Jacket Ridge control line.
Tonight on the west side above China Gulch and along the Salmon River Road, firefighters will monitor the fire’s progress and conduct firing operations to keep the fire contained within the established dozer line and the Salmon River Road. Along the east side of the fire west of Neilson Gulch, firefighters will conduct firing operations to contain the fire along the established handline towards the Salmon River Road. Engines will patrol the Salmon River Road throughout the night.
Fire Behavior and Air Quality:Today there was active surface fire with isolated group tree torching and short crown runs. Steep rugged terrain, snags and rolling material hampered control efforts. Spotting up to one half mile is expected to continue.
Sawyers Bar and Forks of Salmon will be in the unhealthy range of air quality for most of the night. 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://tinyurl.com/lsbx7ne 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/.
Butler Fire: For information on the Orleans Complex (Butler Fire), call 530-618-2101 or visit http://inciweb.org/incident/3577/.