[UPDATE 9:30 a.m.]Gap Fire North of Happy Camp Exploded Yesterday and Continued Growing Overnight
The Gap Fire that started between Seiad Valley and Horse Creek northeast of Happy Camp near Hwy 96 exploded yesterday and last night consuming almost eight miles of wilderness, an estimated 5000 acres. Hot and dry conditions coupled with what Duane Lyon Fire Information Officer for the Klamath National Forest ll said were winds blowing from “all four quadrants” sent flames licking through the landscape and caused a “dramatic increase” in size. Lyon said there has been preliminary reports that structures were lost. At yet, he said, “We don’t know if they are lost and how many.”
The fire not only jumped Horse Creek yesterday. It spotted over the Klamath River last night. This new spot fire is about 20 acres. “They are working hard to contain that to prevent the spread,” Lyon said.
Normally the fire calms down overnight but, Lyon said, this did not happen last night. There are mandatory evacuation orders for Horse Creek and Hamburg. There is an advisory for Scott Bar.
UPDATE 9:06 a.m.: From the very reliable fire site Wildlandfire.com, comes this report, “From Ops this morning: 5000 ac, 5 primary residences lost, 1/2 doz out buildings, spot across the Klamath approximately 40 acres and hopeful it will be caught this morning. Hwy 96 closed from Hwy 263 to the mouth of the Scott River.”
UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: Hwy 96 is closed from State Route 263 to Scott River Road due to the fire.