Update: Full Containment for the Salmon River Complex Fire Expected on August 18th

Aug 13, 2013 11:56 AM

Although the fire has increased to 12,021 acres, firefighters have increased their containment on the blaze to 55%. Full containment is expected for the 18th of August.

An estimated 31 crews, 53 engines, five dozers, 21 water tenders and six helicopters continue to fight for a strangle hold over the fire which has torched the Klamath National Forest since July 31. The total number of personnel remains over 1,100. The the fire has been determined to be human caused, but the investigation into how exactly the fire started is continuing.

Officials anticipate the fire will grow westerly to the ridge above China Gulch as well as northerly in the direction of a completed dozer line. On the eastern front, flanking fire will spread to the southwest and northeast below Tanner’s Peak. Structure protection will continue around the community of Sawyers Bar.

The evacuation advisory remains in effect for residents along the North Folk Salmon River from Kelly Gulch and Mule Bridge to the Marble Mountain Wilderness Boundary. http://inciweb.org/incident/article/3575/19865/.

For information on smoke conditions, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District’s site: http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/ag/apc.aspx.

The U.S. Forest Service stated in a press release this morning lightning storms striking the Klamath National Forest brought with them wetter conditions. Most of the strikes centered in the south end of Scott Valley and throughout the Butte Valley area in Siskiyou County. One new fire was sparked by a strike in the Happy Camp area yesterday morning, but crews have already contained the fire.

The Forest Service also stated almost 40 lightning fires were sparked within the national forest in the last week. There is a slight chance the thunderstorms will continue this evening.


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