Friday, July 31, 2020

Red Salmon Complex Fire Continues to Grow

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 12:16 PM

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The Red Salmon Complex — which includes the Red Fire and Salmon Fire — has grown to 1,060 acres with zero containment, according to today’s update.

A news release states fire crews are working on the ground to contain the lightning-caused wildfire complex burning in rugged terrain in portions of Humboldt, Trinity and Siskiyou counties and a base has been set up in Willow Creek for the multiple helicopters conducting water drops.

As of this morning, the Red Fire stands at 516 acres and the Salmon Fire at 544 acres. Updates can be found here.

Read the full release below:
The Red Salmon Complex continues to burn in remote wilderness areas of the Six Rivers and Shasta Trinity National Forests. This Complex includes both the Salmon Fire and the Red Fire which currently are a combined total of 1,060 acres and 0% containment.

Firefighters are using a full suppression strategy and utilizing indirect fire attack methods to gain control of both fires. A combination of both ground crews and air resources are being used due to the rugged terrain and challenging access. Multiple helicopters with water bucket drops are supporting ground operations. A helibase is now operational in Willow Creek to provide helicopters with a quicker response to the fire areas.

The Red Fire is currently 516 acres. Firefighters are currently working from Salmon Summit to the south along the ridgelines to open up previous fire containment lines. Crews continue to look for control line opportunities on the west side of the fire.

The Salmon Fire is currently 544 acres. Fire crews continue to strengthen and improve the ridgeline from Salmon Mountain to Megram Ridge using previous fire control lines and previous fire scars. The fire has reached the ridge in this location and firefighters are actively holding the fire.

Crews are looking for opportunities and locations to secure the southern end of the fire back to Back Done Ridge. California Interagency Incident Management Team 14 is working actively to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through various control measures.

Firefighters are screened every morning with a temperature check and health screening. Firefighters are also practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing, and wearing face coverings throughout camp and as appropriate during operations. For up to date fire information on the Red Salmon Complex and other fires visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov
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