Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Red Salmon Complex Update

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 6:20 PM

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The Red Salmon Complex is just over 95,000 acres with 18 percent containment as fire crews work to stop its spread north toward Salmon River Road and to keep flames east of the Hoopa Reservation. 

“Along the southwestern and southern flanks, firefighters improved roads and other natural features to create defensive lines to protect the Hoopa Valley Reservation and the communities of Willow Creek and Denny,” the InciWeb report states. “ Our current emphasis in the northeast includes point protection in the area of Forks of Salmon. The focus has been on hand crews, dozers, and water tenders, with smoke, inversions and air turbulence limiting the utility of firefighting aircraft.”

The Red Salmon Complex acres burned include:
Six Rivers National Forest = 43,327
Shasta Trinity National Forest = 34,353
Klamath National Forest = 13,403
Hoopa Valley Reservation = 661

Read today’s update below: 
The Red Salmon Complex is burning on the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Shasta-Trinity National Forests within Humboldt, Siskiyou, and Trinity Counties. The Hoopa Valley Tribe is part of the joint delegation of authority with the National Forests. The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team 14 is managing this incident. Team 14 will continue working closely with the Yurok Tribe, the Karuk Tribe, and community liaisons.

Current Situation: Fire continues to spot in the northeast portion of the Red Salmon Complex. The source is active fire in the drainages of Knownothing Creek and Poverty Gulch Creek. Crews have hoselays, sprinklers, and other structure protection measures in place. Containment efforts are focused on preventing fire spread north toward Salmon River Road (Hwy 93).

In the southwest corner of the complex, 1,000 to 1,500 feet of line remains to be tied in with established, burned-off line on the western flank of the fire. Dozer line along Hostler Ridge to Tish Tang Ridge will serve as the primary line for tactical firing operations to contain the fire east of the Hoopa Reservation boundary.

Hunters, visitors, and others should be aware the closure of all National Forests in California has been extended until September 21st. Entry is not permitted. Should the statewide closure expire, the area closures on the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Shasta-Trinity National Forests remain in effect until further notice.

Weather: Clearer air is anticipated today, though areas of smoke will remain across the area, particularly in valleys. Temperatures in the 70s to low 80s are expected, with humidity similar to Monday.

Air Quality: Smoke from the Red Salmon Complex will combine with smoke from other fires in the area which could keep the levels in the Unhealthy to Hazardous AQI range, depending on proximity to the fires.

Area Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office has issued an Evacuation Order for ALL of Forks of Salmon. From Butler Flat to 10 miles east to Forks of Salmon and south to Plummer Creek on Cecilville Rd.

National Forest Closure Areas: The US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has issued an Emergency Closure Order of all National Forests in Region 5 (California) pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 551 and 36 C.F.R. 261.50(a) and (b), of Regional Order No. 20-10 to provide for public safety and protect natural resources.

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.

For up to date fire information on the Red Salmon Complex and other fires visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Red Salmon Complex Information: (530) 316-1042
Email: [email protected]
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6891/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Red-Salmon-Complex-106757614477383/
Twitter: @RedSalmon2020
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