Caribou Fire at Snowslide Lake, Trinity Alps Wilderness
New Fire Information Phone Number: (530) 841 4451
The Caribou Fire, discovered September 3, 2012 at Snowslide Lake approximately 15 miles southwest of Coffee Creek, California, was declared 100% contained at 2:00PM, September 16, 2012. Monitoring of the fire will be continued. The estimated size of the fire is 40 acres.
Caribou Lake Trail (Forest Trail No. 5455) and Old Caribou Lake Trail (Forest Trail 5467) are now open for public use. Please check the following web sites for updates on trail closure information: www.inciweb.org/incident/3117/ or the Klamath National Forest website at: www.fs.usda.gov/klamath.
The Caribou fire is another example of the increase in number of person caused fires. In the past week an average of 1 to 2 new fires have started each day on the Klamath National Forest. Suppression of these news fires requires firefighters and equipment which could otherwise be working on suppression of large fires that are consuming hundreds of acres per day. With fire fighting resources stretched to the limit forest visitors need to be aware that Klamath National Forest is now in Fire Restrictions. Visitors are urged to be extra careful with any activity that has the potential to start a fire. Check the Forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/klamath/ or with a Forest Service station for local conditions. Please call (530) 841-4597 for fire information.
Brush and trees.
Minimal risk of fire escaping containment lines due to extremely rocky terrain.
Extremely rugged and rocky terrain.
Patricia Grantham, Forest Supervisor for the Klamath National Forest, announced the reopening of the two trails that had been closed because of the Caribou Fire. The 40 acre fire is 100% contained and no longer poses a threat to safety of trail users. The closed portions of Caribou Lake Trail (Forest Trail 5455) and Old Caribou Lake Trail (Forest Trail 5467) were re-opened to public use as of 8:00AM, September 13, 2012.