Salmon River Complex Fire: 13,000 acres, 60% Contained

Aug 16, 2013 11:50 AM

Crews continue the fight against the inferno which has torched the Klamath National Forest since July 31. The fire is anticipated to be fully contained by Sunday.

Since July 31, the blaze has consumed over 13,000 acres of national forest land and hast cost nearly $14.2 million. Currently, there are over 1,000 total personnel continuing to work to meet Sunday’s expected containment date.

Road crews in Siskiyou County were successful in clearing Sawyers Bar near Dougherty road. The road reopened yesterday, but residents should exercise caution when traveling near the fire area. Fire crews are expected to patrol and hold the hand line from Yellow Jacket Ridge downhill towards Sawyers Bar Road.

The Red Cross Shelter has been closed, but it will open if requested by emergency personnel, according to the Forest Service’s press release. Clean air respite centers are still available at the Happy Camp Community Resource Center, HUB Communities Resource Center in Montague, Scott Valley Resource Center in Fort Jones, Madrone Senior Center at the Yreka Community Center, the Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center and Dorris City Hall.

On the western front of the blaze, interior growth will move the fire westerly from Dead Horse Gulch to the ridge between Dead Horse Gulch and Murderers Gulch. But the Forest Service indicated growth of the fire may be limited due to lower temperatures in the morning with an increase of growth in the afternoon.

An Evacuation Advisory remains in effect for all residents along the North Fork Salmon River from Kelly Gulch to Idlewild and Mule Bridge to the Marble Mountain Wilderness Boundary. See for more information on the evacuation advisory


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