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KNF Lightning Fires

Recent lightning storms ignited 42 fires on the Klamath National Forest since Aug. 20. The largest is the 1.5-acre Fourmile Fire on the Happy Camp Ranger District. Suppression crews continue to make good progress with available resources on all of these fires. None have grown significantly since yesterday.

The weather forecast calls for slightly warmer temperatures and dryer conditions through the next several days. Holdover fires are expected to present themselves as conditions become favorable to increasing fire activity. There is a possibility of thunderstorms again on Sunday.

Forest fuels remain tinder dry and fire danger level is extreme. Hunters and other forest visitors are cautioned to be aware there are fire crews working in various locations around the forest. Please pay extra attention and care when driving or pursuing recreational activities on the forest.

Salmon River Complex

Firefighters on the Salmon River Complex continue to mop-up, patrol and conduct fire suppression repair throughout all divisions on the fire. There has been no significant fire growth or events on the Salmon River Complex in the last 24 hours. The Klamath Hotshots along with other resources are working the area where the fire is backing down between Jackass Gulch and Kelly Gulch. They are trying to clean up that area in terms of more squared up containment lines.

As a result of new fire starts and lightning threats (on the Klamath National Forest) and to ready for initial attack, a staging area with initial attack resources has been established at the Incident Command Post in Etna, CA. The initial attack resources in staging include:

  • One Hotshot crew
  • One strike team of type 3 engines
  • One type 3 engine as a sigle resource
  • One dozer
  • One Wildfire Use Module

Butler Fire

Patrol status continues for the fire edge along the Salmon River Road.  No firing activity occurred this afternoon in the McNeal Creek to Hotelling Ridge area along the Salmon River Road.  A heavy helicopter is assisting crews in containing spots near Cold Spring in the head of McNeal Creek.

Crews are finishing preparations to support firing the line along Hotelling Ridge to the Trinity Alps Wilderness boundary.   Containment lines are in place in the Wilderness.  A small crew is taking protective measures for a log cabin near Red Cap Lake.  The cabin is not threatened at this time.

Crews are holding the line and anticipating the fire’s approach to the established line between Whitey’s Peak and Somes Mountain.  They are prepared for defensive firing, if necessary.  Where previous firing occurred to strengthen containment lines on the northwest portion of the fire, crews mopped up hot spots to insure against flareups.

The structure protection group is assessing needs for residences in the area north of Forks of Salmon and implementing protective measures around homes, as necessary.

The Six Rivers National Forest has issued road closures for the 10N13 system of roads approaching Antenna Ridge, effective  Thursday, August 22, 2013.


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