The Gap Fire: This Afternoon Will Be ‘Pivotal,’ Says Forest Service Spokesperson

Gap fire Helicopter dumping water

A helicopter dumps water on the Gap Fire. [Photo from a Klamath National Forest tweet]

The Gap Fire made an unexpected run southward yesterday pushing past dozer containment lines and down to the Klamath River. (See map below.) The Forest Service issued mandatory evacuation orders for six residences along Ladd Road from Walker Gulch to Hicks Gulch. They were concerned that the residents and crews battling the fire might impede each other as they traveled on the rural road.

The Forest Service also advised residents along Hwy 96 between Seiad Valley and Hamburg and in the surrounding areas to be prepared to evacuate.

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The flames reached the Klamath River late yesterday according to this map created from heat imagery. The spots to the northeast are from backfires, according to the US Forest Service.

According to the Forest Service Inciweb page, the Gap Fire  has reached over 20,200 acres and is 14% contained. It is growing to the southwest but, as of 8 a.m., firefighters had contained it to north of the Klamath River.  According to Adrienne Freeman, a Public Information Officer for the US Forest Service, writing to a local resident group, “[T]his afternoon will be pivotal– it’s socked in right now, but when the inversion lifts I’m sure it’ll get busy. Yesterday fire activity picked up at about 5pm, but it’s forecasted to lift earlier today.”

Gap Sept 3

[Click on the map for a larger pdf image.]

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