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River Complex and Antelope Fire: Trinity Center and Coffee Creek areas under evac warnings

The River Complex and Antelope Fires are burning in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, and the Klamath National Forest.

Posted: Aug 2, 2021 3:04 PM
Updated: Aug 24, 2021 11:52 AM

TRINITY COUNTY/SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. - Several different fires that started in Siskiyou County's Klamath National Forest have spread into the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The Haypress Fire grew to the south and to the east into Trinity County and the Coffee Creek Rd. area, which is a major gateway to the Trinity Alps.

The U.S. Forest Services has divided the fires into two areas, the River Complex and the Antelope Fire. The River Complex has caused an evacuation warning to be ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Office for the communities of Trinity Center and Coffee Creek off of Highway 3.

There are spike camps in the area, but the Incident Command Center for the River Complex is located in Etna in Siskyou County. All fires within the River Complex are being managed for full suppression, according to the United States Forest Service.

On Sunday fire managers said that "there is a high probability that the fire will continue to grow to the east and threaten additional communities of Coffee Creek, Carrville, and Trinity Center." Here are the expectations for the next several days, as provided by the US Forest Service:

12 hours: Lighter winds and higher humidity will minimize fire activity overnight with limited perimeter growth. The window for firing operations will close early due to the inversion and humidity.

24 hours: Most fire growth will occur on the east side of the Haypress in Hickory and Deacon Creeks, off of the Upper Coffee Creek road near the Three Sisters Gulch.

48 hours: If the forecasted smoky conditions remain over the complex and the crews are successful with the planned firing operations along their planned control lines, fire behavior should continue to be moderated in the short term.

72 hours: The spot fire on the southeast side of the Haypress has a continuous fuel bed leading down the drainage to the community of Trinity Center. These communities along the Hwy 3 corridor will be threatened until the eastern perimeter is controlled.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Critically dry weather conditions, extremely complex terrain, 5+ weeks of fire season, and available resource limitations will allow the Haypress and Summer Fires to grow together. This complex will be a long-duration fire, with plenty of country to burn and minimal options for containment. There is a high probability that the fire will continue to grow to the east and threaten additional communities of Coffee Creek, Carrville, and Trinity Center.

RELATED: Coffee Creek neighbors concerned about firefighting tactics at their gateway to the Trinity Alps

The River Complex has burned a total of 85,257 acres and continues at 10% containment. It is staffed by a crew of 671 people. Full containment is expected on Friday morning, Oct. 1, 2021. the fire started on Friday, July 30, 2021, at approximately 7:00 a.m.

Only 3 active fires remain in the River Complex:

  • Haypress Fire - 59,108 acres, 3% contained
  • Summer Fire - 20,500 acres, 2% contained
  • Cronan Fire - 5,612 acres, 18% contained

EVACUATION ORDERS

  • Coffee Creek community
  • Trinity Center Community
  • We will check on Monday to update the evac orders and warnings in Siskiyou County

EVACUATION WARNINGS

  • We will check on Monday to update the evac orders and warnings in Siskiyou County

ROAD CLOSURES

  • We will check on Monday to update the road closures in Siskiyou and Trinity Counties

FOREST CLOSURES

  • Shasta-Trinity, Klamath, and Six River National Forests have closed the Trinity Alps Wilderness through Nov. 15, 2021. Trails and recreational areas are all closed.
  • The Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests have closed the Marble Mountain and Russian Wilderness areas, and the forest within the Salmon/Scott River Ranger District. All roads, trails, and recreations areas are closed to the public through Sept. 15, 2021.

The Antelope Fire is around 47,762 acres and remains at 24% containment as of Thursday, according to the U.S. Forest Service. It is also burning in Siskiyou County.


ANTELOPE FIRE

The Antelope Fire is 64,950 acres in size. It is 30% contained.

It started in the Antelope Creek drainage with mixed conifers that transition to ponderosa pine with a sage/bitterbrush understory.

The Antelope Fire was first discovered on Sunday, August 1, 2021, in the Antelope Creek drainage on the Goosenest Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest. The Antelope Fire was one of several lightning-caused fires that occurred as a result of thunderstorms passing through the area.

Firefighters are implementing a full suppression strategy to keep the fire footprint as small as possible. Both day and night shifts are operational around the fire area as firefighters directly attack the fire using a combination of dozers, handline, and retardant. The primary emphasis is protection for threatened structures, residences, private timber assets, ranches, cabins, and lookouts in the surrounding area.

Evacuation orders

  • Between Sharp Mountain, Wild Horse to Garner Butte; Long Prairie Rd. west to Three Sisters, and Three Sisters south to Garner Butte Tarmac area
  • Mount Hebron
  • Shasta Wood
  • Duck Lake 
  • Round Valley area south of Red Rock Rd.
  • Long Prairie Rd.
  • Robinson Rd. 
  • Old State Highway
  • Medicine Lake
  • Payne Springs
  • Blanche Lake

Evacuation warnings

  • East of Garner Mountain
  • South of Red Rock Road
  • West of Medicine Lake area including Red Cap Mountain, north of Harris Springs Rd., along with the Antelope Sink areas
  • Tennant
  • Bray
  • Red Rock Road

An evacuation center is located at Kahtishraam Wellness Center in Yerka at 1403 Kahtishraam. 


A temporary evacuation point (TEP) has been set up at the Dorris City Hall at 307 Main Street in Dorris.

Click here to see the Siskiyou County evacuation map issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.

If you are evacuated and need assistance or sheltering, please proceed to Dorris City Hall or call (530) 340-3539.

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