August 18 AM 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. 18, 2013
Fire Information Line:
Salmon River Complex Update
Date Started: July 31, 2013
Size: 13,002 acres
Percent Contained: 80%
Estimated Cost to Date: $16,300,000
Est. Date of Containment: 08/19/2013
Total Personnel: 808
Committed Resources: 16 crews, 42 engines, 1 dozers, 19 water tenders and 5 helicopters
Today’s Actions: Firefighters will mop up, patrol and hold the handlines today to reduce the threat of spot fires. Structure defense will continue around the community of Sawyers Bar, including daily sprinkler system maintenance and testing.
Fire Behavior: Rolling material continues to be a concern for firefighters as they patrol and hold the fire within existing containment lines. The fire will continue to back into the east side of Jackass Gulch and pockets of brush and down trees are expected to continue to burn today throughout the fire area.
Air Quality: 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: Hunters are reminded that a Forest Order is in effect around the Salmon River Complex and Butler Fires on the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests. Please see http://tinyurl.com/lsbx7ne for the full closure order and associated map.
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.
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.
Forest visitors are urged to be careful with anything that can cause a spark and start a wildfire. Simple actions may prevent costly fires: Shorten towing safety chains to be sure they do not drag on the roadway; check tire pressure, wheel bearings, breaks, and make sure no metal parts are dragging underneath the vehicle. Carry a small fire extinguisher in case an accident starts a fire start. More fire safety information is available at http://www.preventwildfireca.org. Please report all fires or any suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1.