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Salmon River Complex Update





Fire Facts:

Date started: July 31, 2013 Number of Personnel: 1,182

Location: 4 miles west of Sawyers Bar, Salmon River, CA Crews: 32

Size: 9,188 acres Engines: 54

Percent Contained: 16% Dozers: 5

Estimated Containment Date: unknown Water Tenders: 20

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

Cost to Date: $6,600,000 Air Tankers: available upon request

Structures Threatened: 50 Injuries to Date: 3

Todays’s Update:

Last night, crews patrolled and continued preparations around Sawyers Bar, Idlewild and Mule Bridge. Two minor injuries occurred yesterday.

Today, crews will continue structure protection, patrols and fireline construction along Sawyers Bar Road, also constructing indirect line along the

west flank of the fire. Firefighters will continue to take advantage of today’s moderate fire behavior and construct direct line along the north edge

in Specimen and Jackass Creeks. Crews will chip slash to clear contingency lines ahead of the fire at Mule Bridge, Idlewild and Swayers Bar. Due to

predicted lightning activity levels, team resources will prepare for initial attack on the Salmon/Scott River Ranger District north of the North Fork

Salmon River within the district boundary.

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


An Evacuation Advisory is 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 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


Fire Behavior and Smoke:

Last night, fire behavior was limited to creeping and smoldering with most of the heat being retained in heavy fuels and stumps.

Today, due to scattered precipitation occurring yesterday afternoon, the fire is expected to have limited spread northeasterly into Sawmill Gulch;

easterly beyond Tanners Peak; and westerly towards Big Creek.

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.

For information on the Orleans Complex (Butler Fire), please call 530-618-2101.


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