Salmon River Complex Update August 13, 2013 Pm
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
Salmon River Complex Update
Date Started: July 31, 2013
Percent Contained: 45%
Estimated Cost to Date: $12,200,00
Est. Date of Containment: 08/15/2013
Total Personnel: 1,148
Committed Resources: 29 crews, 47 engines, 5 dozers, 21 water tenders, and 6 helicopters
Today’s Actions: Today, fire managers determined an additional three miles of the fire’s edge is now contained along the headwaters of Sawmill Gulch west to Specimen Creek. Approximately 8,000 feet of hose has been installed and mop-up operations have begun west of Specimen Creek. Crews constructed handline and laid fire hose three-quarters of a mile up Jackass Creek from Sawyers Bar Road to support firing operations down the ridge from Tanners Peak. On the west end of the fire, crews continue to keep pace with the fire’s advance. Salmon River Complex aircraft assisted the Klamath National Forest with initial attack on the Razor Fire.
Tonight on the west side above China Gulch, firefighters will continue firing operations to keep the fire within the containment line and Salmon River Road. West of Neilon Gulch along the east side of the fire, firefighters will conduct firing operations along established handline towards Salmon River Road. Engines will patrol Salmon River Road throughout the night.
Fire Behavior and Air Quality: Active surface fire with isolated group tree torching and short crown runs occurred again today.
A daily air quality report for Forks of Salmon, Sawyers Bar, Etna, Fort Jones and Yreka will now be distributed with the morning update update.
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 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://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. 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/.