August 15 PM Update
Incident: Salmon River Complex Wildfire
Salmon River Complex Update
Date Started: July 31, 2013
Size: 12,382 acres
Percent Contained: 60%
Estimated Cost to Date: $14,200,00
Est. Date of Containment: 08/18/2013
Total Personnel: 1,099
Committed Resources: 27 crews, 48 engines, 5 dozers, 19 water tenders and 6 helicopters
Siskiyou County road crews were successful in clearing Sawyers Bar Road near Dougherty Bluff and the road reopened. Residents should exercise caution when travelling near the fire area.
Today’s Actions: Crews completed firing operations on the west side of the fire to bolster containment lines and patrolled for spot fires. Firefighters were successful in containing a two-acre spot fire near Sur Creek. Rolling material ignited a small spot fire between Salmon River and the road near Dougherty Bluff. Crews were able to halt the spread of this spot fire. Fire at the top of Jackass Gulch has burned to the ridgeline. Aircraft are working to stop it’s spread.
Firefighters will conduct holding operations along established handline tonight below Tanners Peak on the east side of the fire–west of Neilon Gulch. Small-scale firing operations will resume tonight if conditions allow. Perimeter structure defense will continue around the Sawyers Bar community.
The Red Cross Shelter has been closed and will reopen if requested. Clean air respite centers are still available at the Happy Camp Community Resource Center, HUB Communities Resource Center in Montague, Scott Valley Family Resource Center in Fort Jones, Madrone Senior Center at the Yreka Community Center, Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center and Dorris City Hall.
Fire Behavior and Air Quality: Today’s observed fire behavior included active surface fire, short crown runs and moderate range spotting. Tonight, the east side of the fire will continue to progressively creep from Neilon Gulch towards the mouth of Jackass Gulch. On the west side, the fire will creep west into Dead Horse Gulch. The overnight burning period will be decreased due to a rise in overnight humidity causing isolated fuel consumption, primarily on the south and west aspects.
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 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. 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. Large animals may be taken to the Dean McBroom Ranch at 1442 Sawyers Bar Road, Etna. Call 530-467-3711.