Sunday, September 6, 2020

Smoke Conditions to Worsen During the Day

Posted By on Sun, Sep 6, 2020 at 11:49 AM

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The Red Salmon Complex now stands at 37,638 acres —with the dominant Red Fire at 36,831 acres and 19 percent containment and the Salmon Fire at 807 acres and 79 percent containment.

According to this morning’s update, active fire is expected today. Smoke from the complex and other fires burning to the south will likely impact the region, with conditions projected to worsen throughout the day into the “Unhealthy” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” zone in some areas, with the coast forecast to be “Moderate.”

A North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District news release states conditions will be "Unhealthy" in Orleans and Weitchpec over the next 24 hours and issued the following outlooks for the region:

Humboldt & Del Norte Counties – Air Quality Advisory was issued for Orleans & Weitchpec
Coastal areas - overall expected to have Moderate air quality.
Eureka - overall Moderate conditions today with potentially improving conditions tomorrow.
Crescent City - Moderate to Good conditions.
Klamath - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups with periods of Unhealthy.
Orleans & Weitchpec - Unhealthy today, with periods of Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups with some improvement in the evening and tomorrow.
Hoopa & Willow Creek - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups today, with periods of Unhealthy midday.
Southern Humboldt County – Good to Moderate conditions, with periods of Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups heading Southward.

Read the full update below:

The Red and Salmon Fires are burning on the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Shasta-Trinity National Forests within Humboldt, Siskiyou, and Trinity Counties.

The Hoopa Valley Tribe is now part of the joint delegation of authority with the three National Forests. The Great Basin Incident Management Team 5 continues to also work closely with the Yurok Tribe, the Karuk Tribe, and local community liaisons.

Red Fire: 36,831 acres, 19% contained Yesterday’s Events: • Weak winds caused less active fire activity throughout the fire area, helping to slow fire growth.
• Significant amounts of line were cleared around the southwest area of the fire, largely by reopening historical line in that area.
• Crews worked along the 10N02 Road to improve it as a containment line.
• The southwest corner of the fire continued to see growth in the headwaters of Tish Tang Creek and north towards Horse Trail Ridge.
• Fire continued to fill in the unburned area within the fire perimeter at the headwaters of Nordheimer Creek.
• Firefighters continued to patrol the northeast portion of the fire where moderate fire behavior was observed at Nordheimer Creek and China Creek.
Operational Plans for Today:
• Crews will continue to clear historical lines created during the Corral Fire of 2013 near the fire perimeter in the southwest area of the fire.
• The 10N02 Road will continue to serve as a primary line for future tactical firing operations to contain fire east of the Hoopa Valley Reservation, as tactical resources and weather allow.
• Along the northwestern and northeastern flanks of the fire, crews will continue to patrol and mop-up along the containment lines.

Salmon Fire: 807 acres, 79% contained This fire remains in its original footprint. Islands of vegetation inside this area continue to burn as fuels dry out.

Weather Over the Fire: Hot and dry conditions continue to increase, leading to low relative humidities and critically dry fuels. Light and variable winds with gusts up to 12 mph becoming westerly as the day progresses. The inversion is expected to be weaker, providing for more potential for active fire behavior and higher temperatures. As a dry front approaches, hotter and drier conditions will continue in the area until the front passes. Smoke from fires burning south of here in the state is also expected to impact our area.

National Forest Closure Areas
The Red Salmon Fire Forest Closure Area became effective on August 8, 2020 under Forest Supervisor’s orders on the Klamath, Shasta-Trinity, and Six Rivers National Forests. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. Complete closure information is available on InciWeb for the Red Salmon Complex.

Community and firefighter safety are a top priority of both the Great Basin Incident Management Team 5 and the National Forests. As such, Team 5 is implementing precautionary practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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