Saturday, October 10, 2020

Fire Updates: Winds Expected to Increase Fire Activity

Posted By on Sat, Oct 10, 2020 at 5:24 PM

click to enlarge Smoky conditions on the Red Salmon Complex. - RED SALMON INCIWEB PAGE
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  • Smoky conditions on the Red Salmon Complex.
Red Salmon Complex — 141,129 acres, 36 percent containment

With the cooler weather and gusty southwest and west winds today, the smoke that has lingered throughout the week is expected to clear temporarily.

In the north and northeast flank crews will improve, monitor and maintain structure protection systems around the communities of Godfrey, Blue Ridge and Black Bear.

In the southeast and south flank, crews will conduct defensive burning in some areas and continue mop-up and securing lines along the East Fork New River and the New River areas. While in the west flank, crews continue mop-up and secure line in the Colgrove Branch drainage and begin fire suppression repair.

August Complex —  1,024,092 acres, 67 percent containment

Due to the change in winds, 10-15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph, fire activity may increase.

In the northwest zone, crews are focusing on mop-up along containment lines and patrolling around nearby structures in the Ruth Lake area and north on the Mad River Road. Crews will build line west of the Ruth Lake, from the Lassic Fire burn scar near Coffee Pot, eastward toward the lake. Crews continue mop-up and patrol along the burn south of Litle Round Mountain.

Slater Fire – 156,392 acres and 72 percent containment

Strong southwesterly winds above 25 mph are expected at higher elevations, which may increase burning ahead of the rain.

On the northern flank, mop-up, patrol and structure defense continue along fire lines, with crews steadily increasing the depth of containment.

On the eastern flank, crews have contained four small spot fires outside the perimeter near Swan Mountain in the headwaters of the left fork of Sucker Creek, while on the southern portion of the fire, crews continue to patrol, monitor and reinforce containment lines in Happy Camp and along the southwest flank up to Kelly Lake.

Devil Fire — 8,848 acres and 38 percent containment

According to today's update, the fire will transition to a monitor and patrol status as the fire hasn't shown significant activity for several days.

Fire crews are working on mop-up and patrolling the northern and southern areas of the Devil Fire, with lines holding along the Butte Fork of the Applegate River, 1040 Road, and Pacific Crest Trail. 
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