Monday, September 21, 2020

Red Salmon, Slater-Devil Fire Roundup

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Red Salmon Complex: Nearing 105,000 acres with 20 percent containment

“The word of the day is focus,” said Incident Commander Mike Strawhun in the fire update. “Today is day 56 of this fire and crews have been working very hard to construct control lines and find the right weather conditions to conduct firing operations.”

With the smoke haze lifting some in the last few days, air resources have been able to rejoin the fight, with helicopters conducting water drops on key hot spots.

The southwest corner of complex remains active and were crew were planning to use tactical burn operations along Tish Tang Ridge and Lone Pine Ridge to help secure the area.

An evacuation warning remains in effect for Forks of Salmon.

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Slater-Devil Fire: Nearly 149,000 acres with 22 percent containment

Firefighters are continuing their efforts to protect Gasquet by building containment and contingency lines along Highway 199 and crews are “staying as close to the fire as they can to keep the fire from growing, especially along Knopki Road.”

Meanwhile, highways 199 and 96 have re-opened but motorists are asked to use caution as wildland firefighters and public utility workers still working along the roads.

The Slater Fire has stayed on the west side of Thompson Creek, and crews are working to contain it along the road system there, while the rest of the south zone has gone into “mop-up and patrol status” for the most part.

Evacuation warnings have been lifted for Happy Camp proper, the Elk Creek area and Seiad proper but not including Indian Creek Road and Indian Creek Meadows. All roads in the evacuated area are remain closed.

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