Salmon River Complex Update August 10, 9:00 Am
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
Salmon River Complex Update
Community Meeting: A community meeting will be held today, Aug. 10, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Salmon River Restoration Council building (25631 Sawyers Bar Road - old Sawyers Bar School) in Sawyers Bar. Fire officials will provide an operational update on the Salmon River Complex.
The Salmon River Complex is currently 9,729 acres with 16-percent containment. There are 1,164 personnel working on the fire.
Today, firefighters will mop up along the Salmon River Road and continue to construct handline on the north and northeast side of the fire. Salmon River Complex firefighters and aircraft will continue to assist with initial attack on new fires.
Last night, crews patroled the fire edge along Sawyers Bar Road and assisted with new lightning fires.
Fire Behavior and Air Quality:
Last night, there was little fire spread with the larger diameter fuels and stumps holding heat.
Today, limited fire spread is expected due to the precipitation that fell yesterday.
Yesterday’s air quality in Sawyers Bar was in the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” category. For information on smoke conditions, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District or North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District.
Closure Order: A new Forest Order is in effect today expanding the existing 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://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5430601.pdf 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/.
Smoke can pose health concerns. Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for smoke protection information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.
Butler Fire: For information on the Orleans Complex (Butler Fire), please call 530-618-2101.