Gap Fire Chewed Through Over 25,000 Acres So Far
Fire burns through the night in the Klamath National Forest. [Photo from Inciweb Credit: Marsea Frace]
The Gap Fire swallowed an estimated 25,800 acres so far. Containment lines are holding around 30% of the fire. The fire which started on Saturday, August 27 burns in thick timber for the most part.
Firefighter camp at a rock quarry in Horse Creek [Image provided by Inciweb]
Almost 2000 personnel are stationed at the fire. Today, crews are using fire around “the fire perimeter, as conditions permit, to remove fuel between the active fire and primary fire line. This action will reduce fire intensity and minimize the likelihood of fire crossing indirect containment line to the north.”
Heat imagery added to google Earth shows the fire burning along the Klamath River to the south.
To the south, according to the InciWeb, “…firefighters will continue to bring fire down to the river, as structure defense, should it become necessary. Mop-up continues along the western and eastern flanks of the fire, which are both holding well.”
Fire slowly creeps along the northern edge of the Klamath River near Hamburg, California.[Photo from Inciweb]
The US Forest Service issued mandatory evacuations for some residents. (See here for which.)
See maps below for more information.
Map shows contained areas of the Gap Fire [Information from InciWeb]
The Gap Fire continues to expand to the north and south. Click on the map for a larger version in pdf.