Salmon River Complex Update 8/11/13 Pm
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
Salmon River Complex Update
The Salmon River Complex is currently 9,874 acres with 37 percent containment. There are 28 crews, 51 engines, 5 dozers, 21 water tenders and 6 helicopters for a total of 1,004 personnel working on the fire.
Today, firefighters completed direct handline along the northwestern flank of the fire. In the northeast portion of the fire, good progress was made building hand line on the divide between Jackass and Sawmill Gulches. Crews were able to establish handline around the fire’s intrusion into the headwaters of Sawmill Gulch just north of Tanners Peak. Crews continued to mop-up to a distance of 150 feet from firelines along the Sawyers Bar Road. Structure protection crews conducted testing of sprinkler systems around the community of Sawyers Bar.
Tonight firefighters will monitor and patrol along Sawyers Bar Road and along the North Fork of the Salmon River to Mule Bridge. Crews will hike into a small slop-over on the ridge north of Sawyers Bar to contain the fire at this location.
Fire Behavior and Air Quality:
Today, the west flank of the fire made two runs within the headwaters of Big Creek drainage producing noticeable smoke columns. Above Jackass Gulch, the fire moved moderately to the south across the handline below Tanners Peak.
Tonight, fire growth will be minimal. The large diameter fuels and stumps will continue to hold heat.
Air quality levels in Yreka Ft. Jones and Somes Bar were in the good to moderate range today and will remain so throughout the night. Sawyers Bar air quality levels will be in the unhealthy range today and tonight. For information on smoke conditions, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District (http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/ag/apc.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, 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/. For fire prevention information visit “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire” at http://www.preventwildfireca.org
Butler Fire: For information on the Orleans Complex (Butler Fire), call 530-618-2101 or visit http://inciweb.org/incident/3577/.