Northwest Incident Management Team 10 press release:
- Total Acres: 116,728
- Containment: 31%
- Crews: 4
- Engines: 52
- Dozers: 4
- Helicopters: 10
- Water Tenders: 24
- Total Personnel: 611
Warm, dry weather will continue to affect the Red Salmon Fire Complex. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect through Monday evening. Temperatures are expected to range from the lower 80’s on the lower slopes and valleys, to the mid-90’s in the valleys. Relative humidity is predicted to be between 10-20 percent. Easterly winds could reach speeds between 15-20, with gusts as high as 30 mph. These conditions have caused the fire activity to increase throughout the day Sunday and into Monday morning.
Islands of unburned fuel within the fire’s interior began burning more actively, contributing to the accumulation of smoke in the surrounding communities. On the Eastern perimeter, the fire progressed to the east side of Knownothing Creek, toward Hoteling Ridge and to Potato Mountain. The fire was also active overnight near Horse Mountain, Barron Creek and near Methodist Creek. Crews are monitoring the fire and looking for opportunities to improve containment lines along the road to Cecilville.
Structural protection in all areas of the fire will be a high priority for all resources today. Along the southern perimeter, the fire crossed Horse Linto Creek and is continuing to burn along Lone Pine Ridge. Crews are monitoring the area while continuing to secure containment lines along the ridge. However, along Tish Tang Ridge, steep terrain shielded the fire from the winds. Growth in this area of the fire was minimal.
The following restrictions and warnings remain in effect: a temporary flight restriction is place in the area Northeast of Orleans, along with an evacuation warning for Forks of Salmon. The Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests closures have been extended through Sept. 30. The closures may be extended further, depending on fire activity. Some Shasta-Trinity National Forest lands east of the Red Salmon Fire Complex closure area are open for public use. The use of any ignition source on National Forest System lands is strictly prohibited, including campfires, gas stoves, smoking and outdoor barbecue grills on houseboats.
Continuing dry conditions and limited firefighting resources require visitors to remain vigilant and be prepared to evacuate if a fire starts nearby. For further information about how to prepare for potential evacuation visit www.ready.gov. More closure information is available on the Red Salmon Complex InciWeb page.