Hugh Hewitt


Hugh Hewitt

3:00am - 5:00am

Local News

Salmon River Complex Update





Fire Facts:

Date started: July 31, 2013 Number of Personnel: 1,100

Location: 4 miles west of Sawyers Bar, Salmon River, CA Crews: 31

Size: 8,927 acres Engines: 40

Percent Contained: 16% Dozers: 6

Estimated Containment Date: unknown Water Tenders: 14

Cause: Human Helicopters: 2 Type 1, 3 Type 2, and 1 Type 3

Cost to Date: $5,500,000 Air Tankers: available upon request

Structures Threatened: 50 Injuries to Date: 1

Today’s Update:

Today, crews will look for opportunities to construct line northeast of Tanners Peak Trail. Line construction will continue on the ridge north of

Sawyers Bar heading east towards Tanners Peak. Structure perimeter defense will continue in Sawyers Bar, Idlewild and Mule Bridge. Crews will

keep pace with the fire’s westward progression and watch for spot fires crossing the road to the south. The expected fire spread is northeasterly

into Sawmill Gulch, north to the south fork of Cherry Creek and westerly an additional one-quarter mile across Big Creek.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 11:00 p.m. Friday for dry thunderstorms and associated erratic winds.


An Evacuation Advisory was issued for all residents along the North Fork of the Salmon River from Kelly Gulch to Idlewild and Mule Bridge to the

Marble Mountain Wilderness Boundary. See for the evacuation notices. The Siskiyou County

Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Services are working closely 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


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


Fire Behavior and Smoke:

Last night fire behavior moderated to creeping and smoldering with the most heat being retained in large diameter fuels and stumps. Today, winds

will become easterly and line up with east/west oriented drainages producing an opportunity for upslope and westward fire movement with group

tree torching or short crown runs. Thunderstorms will build this afternoon producing gusty winds and a good chance of precipitation.

All communities near the fires should expect to be impacted by smoke. For information on smoke conditions, visit, or

Smoke can pose health concerns. Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” Website for smoke protection information



A portion of the Klamath National Forest near the fire area is closed to public entry. See the Klamath National Forest Website at for a description and map.

Sawyer’s Bar Road is 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 is closed west of Forks of Salmon.

Residents are encouraged to complete their fire hazard reduction to assist firefighters in defending their homes. For fire prevention information

visit “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire” at





  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.