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Latest on 17m dollar Salmon River Complex Fires, containment expected today



Date Started: July 31, 2013

Size: 14,171 acres

Percent Contained: 85%

Estimated Cost to Date: $17,200,000

Est. Date of Containment: 08/19/2013

Total Personnel: 720

Committed Resources: 11 crews, 38 engines, 1 dozer, 19 water tenders and 6 helicopters


Southern California Incident Managenment Team 3 arrived this evening for an inbriefing and will begin transitioning with the current Califonia Interagency Incident Management Team 1 tomorrow.

Today’s Actions: Firefighters extinguished a number of spot fires below the Sawyers Bar Road and continued mop up and patrol of handlines. Crews monitored and held the containment lines around the fire’s edge.

Tonight, fire crews will mop up, patrol and hold firelines to reduce the threat of spot fires. Structure defense will continue around the community of Sawyers Bar.

Fire Behavior: Today’s fire behavior included active backing and isolated single tree torching. Minimal interior burning is expected overnight due to rising humidity and lower temperatures.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 2pm Monday through 11pm Wednesday for abundant lightning with dry fuels.

Air Quality: 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.

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: Deer hunters are reminded 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.

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