17,000 Acres Burned Since Saturday; The Gap Fire Maps and More

Gap Fire September 1

Forestry vehicles travel to the Gap Fire on Wednesday. [Photo from Inciweb]

Since Saturday, the Gap Fire chewed through over 17,000 acres. Firefighters have managed to contain only 8% of the perimeter. The fire continues to expand but over 1500 Forest Service personnel are on site working to contain the flames.


The Gap Fire grew slightly towards the communities of Hamburg and Seiad Valley. [Image from a Forestry Service heat map.]

Yesterday, a Forest Closure Order was issued for the land surrounding the Gap Fire. This includes a portion of the famous Pacific Crest Trail that was hiked by Cheryl Strayed in the popular book and later the movie Wild.

Smoke pushed air quality to unhealthy levels yesterday in parts of Siskiyou County. Dr. Stephen Kolpacoff, the Siskiyou County Public Health Officer issued a health alert. In part it said, “Residents with lung or heart disease, and the elderly are advised to leave areas where levels of particulate matter are high.”

Smoke Respite Centers have been opened in the following places:

  • Happy Camp – Karuk Senior Nutrition Program Building located at 64101 Second.

Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

  • Yreka – Yreka Community Resource Center, 201 S. Broadway St.

Hours: T-F 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm

  • Fort Jones – Scott Valley Family Resource Center – 11920 Main St.

Hours: T-F 9am-5pm

  • Weed – Weed Family Resource Center – 260 Main St.

Hours: T-Th 10am-4pm

Gap map September 1

Gap Fire expanded again. Click on map for a larger pdf file.



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