August 16 PM Update
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
KLAMATH NATIONAL FOREST
1711 South Main Street Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 841-6131 www.fs.usda.gov/klamath
Aug. 16, 2013
Fire Information Line:
Salmon River Complex Update
Date Started: July 31, 2013
Size: 13,002 acres
Percent Contained: 65%
Estimated Cost to Date: $15,500,000
Est. Date of Containment: 08/18/2013
Total Personnel: 1,007
Committed Resources: 22 crews, 44 engines, 2 dozers, 19 water tenders and 6 helicopters
Today’s Actions: Firefighters extinguished a number of spot fires today and continued mop up and patrol of handlines. Crews monitored and held the handline from Yellow Jacket Ridge down to Sawyers Bar Road. Burnout operations were successful along the handline from Tanners Peak Ridge down to Sawyers Bar Road.
Tonight, fire crews will mop up, patrol and hold firelines to reduce the threat of spot fires. Crews will continue emphasis on patrolling and holding handline from Yellow Jacket Ridge down to Sawyers Bar Road. Structure defense will continue around the community of Sawyers Bar.
Fire Behavior and Air Quality: Today’s fire behavior included active backing and isolated single tree torching. On the west side of slow interior fire growth is expected due to lower temperatures and increased humidity. Continued flanking and burn out between Murderers Gulch and Dead Horse Gulch is also anticipated. On the east side interior fire movement will back down to Jackass Gulch. As cool moist air pushes in, overnight humidity recovery is expected to increase.
Clean air respite centers are still available at the Happy Camp Community Resource Center, HUB Communities Resource Center in Montague, Scott Valley Family Resource Center in Fort Jones, Madrone Senior Center at the Yreka Community Center, Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center and Dorris City Hall.
A daily air quality report for Forks of Salmon, Sawyers Bar, Etna, Fort Jones and Yreka will be distributed with the morning update and posted on the Klamath National Forest Website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/klamath.
For additional information on smoke conditions and health effects, 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 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 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. 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. Large animals may be taken to the Dean McBroom Ranch at 1442 Sawyers Bar Road, Etna. Call 530-467-3711.