Red Salmon: Nearly Three Months Old and Just 63% Contained
Yesterday: The Red Flag Warning from the past two days expired Friday at 6 PM. During the day, fire activity increased in the South Fork Salmon River, Methodist Creek, Plummer Creek, East Fork New River, and Horse Linto Creek. Firefighters used water from prepositioned firehose and drops from helicopters to aid in cooling hotspots. The fire remained within planned containment lines. Night and day crews remained vigilant near structures to provide protection in case fire moved closer to residences.
Weather and Fire Behavior: Warm temperatures, lower humidity, and light terrain driven winds are expected the next few days. No rain is predicted in the near future. With shorter daylight hours and a slight increase in humidity, fire behavior is expected to moderate, but higher elevations with unburned islands will continue to ignite. Smoke impacting the area remains possible.
Today’s Operations: Along the western flank of the fire, crews will continue to monitor containment line in the Colgrove Branch drainage and repair fireline no longer needed. On the northeastern side, crews will patrol and mop up along the Salmon River to keep fire south of the river. On the southeastern side, firefighters are securing fireline to keep fire east of Miller Ranch and west of the East Fork New River.
Structure defense crews continue to evaluate needs for structure defense systems in Denny, Miller Ranch, Cecilville, Forks of the Salmon, Godfrey, Blue Ridge, and Black Bear and are beginning to remove systems where the fire is contained.
Fire suppression repair (restoring fireline to prevent soil erosion) is being completed within the Wilderness and on all flanks of the fire where fire has been contained. Resource advisors help direct this work to protect sensitive natural and cultural resources. As fire containment increases and fireline equipment is no longer needed, an important task for crews is to gather and bring the miles of hose, water pumps, and portable water tanks back to fire camp for packaging and shipping.
Closures: Areas and roads within and near the fire perimeter on the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Trinity National Forests are closed. More information is available on forest websites: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices | www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/srnf/alerts-notices | www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/stnf/alerts-notices. Temporary Flight Restrictions remain over the entire Red Salmon fire area, which includes drones. Remember: If you fly, we can’t.
For up to date fire information on the Red Salmon Complex and other fires visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or use the QR code to view the links with your mobile device.