Salmon River Complex Update August 13, 2013
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
Salmon River Complex Update
Date Started: July 31, 2013
Size: 10,889 acres
Percent Contained: 45%
Est. Date of Containment: 08/15/2013
Committed Resources: 31 crews, 53 engines, 5 dozers, 21 water tenders, 6 helicopters and 1,137 total personnel
Today’s Actions: Today on the west side of the fire, growth will be westerly to the ridge above China Gulch and northerly toward completed dozer line. Firefighters will hold and improve established line, monitor the fire’s progress and conduct firing operations to keep the fire within containment lines. On the east side, active flanking fire will spread to the southwest and northeast below Tanners Peak. The increase in fire activity is a result of the high-pressure over the area.
Along the east side of the fire, firefighters will conduct firing operations along established handline west of Neilon Gulch towards Salmon River Road. Structure protection and daily sprinkler system tests are planned around the community of Sawyers Bar, along with mop-up to a depth of 150-feet along Salmon River Road. Some Salmon River Complex firefighters and aircraft have been assigned to help with initial attack on new fire starts.
Fire Behavior and Air Quality:Last night, fire growth was minimal. Lateral spread and low-level smoldering in heavy dead and down fuels continued again once the inversion set in.
Air quality at Sawyers Bar and Forks of Salmon will once again be in unhealthy levels. Around 4 p.m., when smoke in the drainages starts to lift, the area will move into the unhealthy for sensitive levels. Conditions should then return to unhealthy by 11 p.m. Smoke levels will start to increase in Etna, Ft. Jones and Yreka by late afternoon and early evening, reaching the moderate range by 7 pm.
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 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/.