Update: Salmon River Complex Fires Continue to Ravage Siskiyou County

Aug 6, 2013 4:03 PM

Update: An evacuation advisory has been issued as firefighters are working to try and get the Salmon River Fire under control. The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office says flames have jumper Jackass Gulch, which was a predetermined trigger for the evacuation advisory. It applies to residents surrounding the North Fork of the Salmon River from Kelly Gulch to Idlewild and Mule Bridge to the Marble Mountain Wilderness boundary. The advisory means residents should prepare to evacuate if flames move closer.
At last report, the blaze has burned more than 9,188 acres and is only 16% contained.
Two firefighters have reportedly received minor injuries.

SAWYERS BAR, Calif. (AP) - Fire crews are struggling to try to contain three blazes on national forest land in Northern California's Siskiyou County, one of which is threatening 50 structures.

The Salmon River Complex is made up of two adj
acent fires. It has burned nearly 9 square miles near the community of Sawyers Bar in the Klamath National Forest. It was 11 percent contained on Tuesday morning and continued to threaten 50 structures although no evacuations had been ordered.

The Butler Fire is burning about 20 miles northwest of there.

It has consumed more than 5 and ½ square miles and was only 4 percent contained on Tuesday.

Klamath National Forest spokesman Ken Sandusky says both fires began on July 31 and are thought to be connected. Human activity is being blamed for the Salmon River Complex.

Photo courtesy of KTVL-TV, CBS


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