Aug 12, 2013 12:27 PM
Containment of the Salmon River Complex Fire increased to 45 percent over the weekend as over 1,000 fire personnel continue battling the inferno which began July 31. The fire has since consumed nearly 10,000 acres.
The plan of attack today is to conduct minimal firing operations to check the westerly spread along the Yellow Jacket Ridge control line. Crews are expected to reinforce the line along the northern perimeter of the blaze and continue their efforts to construct a hand line between the Jackass and Sawmill Gulches. The Forest Service indicated this morning the growth of the fire was minimal. Officials expect the fire to move upslope along the west side of the Big Creek Drainage as the east side of the fire is expected to continue to burn above the Jackass Gulch.
Structure protection, sprinkler tests, and mop-up duties are scheduled along Salmon River Road in Sawyers Bar.
An evacuation advisory remains in effect for all residents along the North Fork Salmon River from Kelly Gulch to Idewild and Mule Bridge to the Marble Mountain Wilderness Boundary. To learn more about the advisory, visit http://inciweb.org/incident/article/3575/19865/. An evacuation center has been established by the Red Cross at Etna Union High School located at 400 Howell Avenue in Etna.
Despite the increased containment, more lightning activity is expected across the Klamath National Forest today. The Forest Service reports since August 7, a total of 42 small lightning-caused fires have been discovered across the national forest. The Forest Service also confirmed more than 1,400 lightning strikes in the area. Despite the increased activity, the Forest Service indicated each of these fires sparked by the lightning strikes are currently staffed, if not fully contained.