Gap Fire Pushed Further South Prompting More Evacuations

Smoke from the Gap Fire

Smoke from the Gap Fire towers over crews. [Photo tweeted by the Klamath National Forest]

Though the Gap Fire stayed calm most of yesterday, towards evening once again it pushed southwards threatening several structures. More mandatory evacuations were issued. (See below.) Firefighters fought back and kept the flames north of Highway 96 and eventually the fire quieted.

The fire has swallowed an estimated 23,896 acres and is only 25% contained. Hwy 96 may be closed at times. “While the road is currently open, temporary hard closures are likely as crews respond to events like this,” according to the US Forest Service Inciweb.

gap sept 4 heat

The Gap fire moved south towards the Klamath River and Hwy 96. Backfiring operations have moved the perimeter to the northeast.

According to the US Forest Service Inciweb,

· There will be a public meeting this afternoon, September 4, at the Seiad Valley Fire Department at 4:00 p.m.
· Mandatory evacuations remain in place this morning for both sides of Highway 96 between Scott River Road and Walker Gulch including Hamburg.

· Mandatory evacuations remain for residences on Ladd Road west from Hick’s Gulch to Walker Gulch on the north side of the Klamath River.

· The hard closure for Highway 96 between Scott River Road and Walker Gulch including Hamburg has been lifted but motorists should expect ongoing temporary closures along Highway 96.

· Advisory evacuations remain issued for residents along Highway 96 west from Walker Gulch; including the community of Seiad Valley, and along the Seiad Creek Road from Seiad Valley to Panther Gulch.

· Scott Bar remains under an evacuation advisory.

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While west and east borders of the Gap Fire remained the same yesterday, the flames pushed to the south yesterday evening. In addition, the the northeast of the fire looks larger as backfiring operations are underway in the area. [Click for a much larger pdf version.]

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