[UPDATE 6:20 p.m: New Evacuations] Shelly Fire in Siskiyou County Swallows More Territory, Forces More Evacuations

Sunset last night on the Shelly Fire

The #ShellyFire at sunset last night. [Image from the Fort Jones Camera on Alert California]

The Shelly Fire in the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area of Siskiyou County, which started on July 3, has now burned 3,380 acres timber and brush and is 0% contained. Firefighters have been struggling to control the blaze, which is threatening several communities in the area. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department issued multiple evacuations just last night as flames spread. During the fire’s push last night, it jumped the Pacific Crest Trail.

A Forest Service Incident Management team (CICIMT 12 (Conklin) is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit, according to the Northern California Geographic Coordination center.

We’ve gathered the most important information about the Shelly Fire and organized it below for our readers.

Stats:

  • Acres burned: 3,380
  • Containment: 0%
  • Personnel on the scene: As of last night’s update, there are 925 personnel working on the fire.

Compelling Images:

This collection of images from the Alert California system shows the speed with which this fire is growing.

The Plan: Zeke Lunder, a wildfire technology specialist that we follow, does a great job explaining the situation in his video below.

The Weather: According to the National Weather Service, there is an excessive heat warning for the area through tomorrow. They warn of “Dangerously hot conditions with high temperatures 105 to 115, and low temperatures in the mid 60s to lower 70s.”

The Maps:

  • Air Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf. Shelly 7.8 air ops
  • KMZ Map–Zoom for detail or for 3D imagery, click on the map and download a file that connects with your Google Earth program. Shelly 7.8 KMZ map

Evacuation Information: Evacuation orders are in place for multiple communities. Evacuation Information here or here.

ALERTCalifornia Camera that can provide views of the Shelly Fire:

UPDATE 11:19 a.m.:

Press release from Klamath National Forest:

CURRENT SITUATION:
As of 7/7/2024 at 8:00 am the US Forest Service and CAL FIRE established Unified Command.

Yesterday, under Red Flag Conditions, the Shelly Fire spotted over Kidder Creek and rapidly grew to approximately 1200 acres by 4:00 p.m. In response, additional resources including engines, hand crews, fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopters were deployed with the primary goal of safeguarding communities. Helicopters were utilized overnight, and the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office issued additional evacuation warnings and orders.

Today, the priority remains protecting the communities at risk. Air and ground resource will work on direct line control on the north side of the fire, while on the south side, resources will continue constructing handlines and working as close to the fire’s edge as safety allows.
Community meeting will be held tonight at 7:00 pm, location to be determined, please watch the social media sites and Incident websites for further details. 

 

WEATHER: 

An excessive Heat Warning through Tuesday with very unstable afternoon conditions continue. Today’s maximum temperature is forecast to be in the lower 100s in the valleys, minimum relative humidity 7-9%, and in the Kidder Creek Drainage up-canyon winds will increase to 7-9 mph late morning through the afternoon then shift to down-canyon 10-15 mph between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

 

EVACUATIONS:

Multiple evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect. For current updates on evacuations, visit www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff and www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountyOES

Additional evacuation information and a map can be found on the Genasys site at: https://protect.genasys.com/search?z=14&latlon=41.550694%2C-122.905589

 

𝗙𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗝𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗖𝗵𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗜𝗦 𝗡𝗢 𝗟𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗘𝗥 𝗔𝗘𝗩𝗔𝗖 𝗖𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗜𝗦 𝗖𝗟𝗢𝗦𝗘𝗗.

𝗣𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗘 𝗚𝗢 𝗧𝗢 𝗞𝗔𝗛𝗧𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗥𝗔𝗔𝗠 𝗪𝗘𝗟𝗟𝗡𝗘𝗦𝗦 𝗖𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗜𝗙 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝗗𝗜𝗦𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗖𝗘𝗗.

 

Kahtishraam Wellness Center – Yreka

1403 Kahtishraam, Yreka, CA 96097

Showers and cots are available.

 

RV Dry Camping/Parking

West Webb St. and Hoag St. in Montague

 

Please note, at this time, there are no extra services (sewage/water/power hookups). This is currently set up for DRY camping.

UPDATE 6:20 p.m.: New evacuation orders and warnings were issued just after 6 p.m. Read the details here.

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Susan Nolan
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Susan Nolan
6 days ago

It’s a smokey one. From zoom.earth:

shelly-smoke
Korina42D
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6 days ago

Thanks Kym. I hope everyone stays safe.

(Having a little whiplash here in Arcata with the sudden drop in temp.)

Catherine Erickson
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Catherine Erickson
6 days ago

Heard it burned a few cabins up at kidder. I also had to evacuate, living so close to kidder.

spamned
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spamned
6 days ago

I have not heard that…at all. I’m in FJ

Larry Littlepage
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Larry Littlepage
5 days ago

My cabin would be one of the first in its path on N Kidder Creek Rd. To my knowledge the fire was still 2+ miles away around 9pm last night and the crews were set up outside my place.

spamned
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spamned
6 days ago

Whoo HOO!

Packed up and ready to go (higher climes)

Sure could use some sleep

Thx Kym…the info is horrible-no briefings, no real contact with the public altho I understand there’s going to be a meeting at Etna High this evening.

Stay SAFE firefighters…

spamned
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spamned
5 days ago

I love geeking out to Zeke during fire season…it’s kinda sad that it takes a threat to find any sort of mutual aid-the narrative ‘you do you’ doesn’t work (ever) when the forests around you are on fire.

Off to Watch Duty ~

Merz
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Merz
4 days ago

is that KMZ file updated regularly? or just a one time snapshot?