Red Salmon Complex burns over 8,000 acres

Shasta-Trinity National Forest officials shared this public information map Aug. 10 of the Red Salmon Complex. It has burned over 7,000 acres and is currently 30% contained.

The Red Salmon Complex continues to burn in remote wilderness areas of the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests.

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 7:49 AM
Updated: Aug 11, 2020 7:15 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif.  - The Red Salmon Complex is 8,024 acres in size and has reached 35% containment, as of Aug. 11. It's burning within the Trinity Alps Wilderness on the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests.

The Red Fire is 7,257 acres and 19% contained.

The Salmon Fire is 767 acres and 89% contained. There is a containment line all the way around the fire. 

The Jones Point Fire is 137 acres and 75% contained. Last night, firefighters said they patrolled the line for heat. Today, mop-up operations will progress, focusing on isolated heat located with infrared flight over the fire last night.

Heavy low-level smoke continues to drain into valley bottoms near the fire area and along the Bigfoot Highway affecting Orleans, Weitchpec, Hoopa and other communities in this region. These areas are expected to see periods of Unhealthy air quality with improving conditions late in the day, according to Shasta-Trinity National Forest officials.

Westerly winds yesterday drifted higher level smoke east of the fire affecting communities such as Etna. These west winds remain today and smoke impacts in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups are expected for Etna and the Scott Valley today. Higher level smoke and haze is being transported far the northeast.

CLOSURES: The Red-Salmon Fire Complex Forest Closure took effect on Aug. 8. All National Forest System roads within the Red-Salmon Fire Complex Closure Area are closed as well as the following:

Forest Road Nos. 07N53 (Grizzly Camp), 07N15 (Fawn Ridge), 10N05 (Upper Leary Creek), 10N01 (Trinity Summit), and 07N10 (Lone Pine Ridge). All National Forest System trails within the Red-Salmon Fire Complex Closure Area are closed as well as: Forest Trail Nos. 6E04 (Orleans Mt Trail), 5438 (Nordheimer), 12W08 (East Fork New River), and 12W02 (Salmon Summit). Big Rock River Access.

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