August 14 AM Update
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
Salmon River Complex Update
Date Started: July 31, 2013
Size: 11,698 acres
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 7 helicopters
Today’s Actions: On the west side of the fire above China Gulch, firefighters will continue firing and holding operations to keep the fire within the containment line and Salmon River Road. Along the east side, west of Neilon Gulch, firefighters are planning to conduct firing and holding operations along the established handline towards the Salmon River Road. Structure defense and sprinkler system tests are planned again today around the community of Sawyers Bar, along with mop-up to a depth of 150 feet along Salmon River Road.
California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 has been delegated responsibility for initial attack in the Salmon River Corridor.
Fire Behavior and Air Quality: Last night, fire growth was minimal. Lateral spread and smoldering in heavy dead and down fuels continued again once the inversion set in.
Group tree torching, short crown runs and moderate range spotting is expected to continue today after the inversion lifts.
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 athttp://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.
Closure Order: A Forest Order is in effect 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/.