August 14 PM Update
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
Salmon River Complex Update
Date Started: July 31, 2013
Size: 11,903 acres
Percent Contained: 55%
Estimated Cost to Date: $13,200,00
Est. Date of Containment: 08/18/2013
Total Personnel: 1,211
Committed Resources: 29 crews, 53 engines, 5 dozers, 21 water tenders, and 6 helicopters
Planned Actions: Today’s firing and holding operations were completed halfway between Yellow Jacket Ridge and Sawyers Bar Road and west of Murderers Gulch. However, weather conditions limited firing operations on the east side of the fire’s edge. A rockslide on Sawyers Bar Road near Dougherty Bluff has limited access for residents. The estimated date of containment was revised to August 18 due to adverse fire conditions.
Tonight if weather conditions allow, firefighters will continue firing and holding operations on the west side to keep the fire within containment lines. Firefighters will conduct firing and holding operations along established handline below Tanners Peak on the east side of the fire west of Neilon Gulch. Structure defense will continue around the Sawyers Bar community. Incident personnel and aerial resources assisted the Klamath National Forest with initial attack efforts on the Razor Fire (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3561/).
Fire Behavior and Air Quality: Today’s observed fire behavior included active surface burning and short crown runs with moderate range spotting.
Tonight the fire will creep along the east side from Neilon Gulch towards the mouth of Jackass Gulch and the Salmon River. The fire will continue to burn upslope between Dougherty Bluff and Dead Horse Gulch. There will be limited spread south of Crapo Mountain until the inversion sets in around midnight and reduces fire activity.
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 at http://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.