Press release from California Interagency Incident Management Team 14:
Red Salmon Complex is 3,919 acres and 0% contained burning within the Trinity Alps Wilderness on the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests. Crews are utilizing direct containment strategies, strengthening indirect lines in the wilderness using minimum impact suppression techniques, and continue to work with resource advisors to avoid disturbance to cultural resources. Firefighters are opening previously constructed control lines from past fires outside the wilderness as contingency lines. California Interagency Incident Management Team 14 continues to make COVID-19 precautions a priority at all incident camps by screening all personnel daily and implementing recommended measures to prevent coronavirus spread. Community and firefighter safety are a top priority of both the incident management team and the national forests.
The Red Fire is 3,178 acres and 0% contained. Crews continued firing operations last night making progress on the north flank of the fire along the Lubbs Trail and the 10N01 between Salmon Trailhead and Black Mountain. Firing operations will begin again today. This fire is the most active of the pair with small group torching and short terrain driven runs with backing on the south flank towards the Salmon Fire.
The Salmon Fire is 741 acres and 0% contained. The fire continues to hold in its current fire footprint. With the most activity occurring on the south portion in the Eightmile Creek drainage. Firefighters will continue direct line on both the southwest and southeast portions of the fire from Backbone Ridge down to Eightmile Creek and Salmon Summit Ridge to Eightmile Creek.
Weather: A weak low pressure remains over the area bringing morning fog and low clouds limiting visibility for air operations. Temperatures are trending slightly cooler today with higher relative humidity which will slow firing operations on the north flank. A slight chance of thunderstorms exists through this afternoon.
Air quality: An air quality monitoring specialist is providing daily smoke forecasts and air quality information for the surrounding communities. Reports can be found here: fires.airfire.org/outlooks/NWCalifornia
Closures: Big Rock River Access has been closed in the interest of public safety as it is being used as a dip site for helicopter operations in the fire suppression efforts on the Red Salmon Complex.