Saturday, September 19, 2020

Recent Weather Helped but Fires Continue to Grow

Posted By and on Sat, Sep 19, 2020 at 4:29 PM

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Red Salmon Complex: Nearly 102,000 acres and 19 percent contained

Recent rains helped damper fire activity on the Red Salmon Complex as warmer, drier days should allow for burn operations that include adding to the containment line at Tish Tang Ridge, according to today’s update.

Meanwhile, firefighters will continue defensive firing to keep the complex from the Salmon River and Highway 93. In Siskiyou County, evacuation orders for Forks of Salmon have been downgraded to a warning and residents are being allowed to return home.

Find more information on the Red Salmon Complex here:

Slater-Devil Fire: Nearly 154,000 acres and 25 percent contained

Cooler temperatures are assisting efforts on the Slater Fire, which straddles the California-Oregon border and stretches down to Happy Camp. Crews were able to hold the fire at Knopki Road to protect Gasquet and they are working to secure the edge of the fire at Highway 199 and Knopki Road.

Meanwhile, firefighters are battling the Devil Fire’s attempts to spread toward Applegate Lake while the southeast side of the blaze has been secured and Pacific Crest Trail is being used a containment line to the east.

Caltrans reports that Highway 199 in Del Norte County has reopened to two-way traffic at Gasquet and extending into Oregon but cautions that it remains in a fire zone.

U.S. Route 199 in Del Norte County has reopened to two-way traffic at Gasquet and extending into Oregon. This area...

Posted by Caltrans District 1 on Saturday, September 19, 2020

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August Complex-West Zone: Nearly 89,000 acres and 17 percent contained

Cooler, moist weather has continued to help firefighters. However, the August Complex is continuing to grow. The U.S. Forest Service stated in a Facebook session today on the West Zone that over the next few days the fire is expected “approach SR 36, firefighters are working to slow this progression. The fire is anticipated to impact SR 36 between Forest Glen and Post Mountain.”

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