Press release from the U.S. Forest Service:
Scott River, CA- Late last night, firefighters responded to a new fire near the Sarah Totten Campground on the Klamath National Forest. The 17 to 20 acre River Fire is located across from the mouth of the Scott River on the south side of the Klamath River between the communities of Hamburg and Horsecreek.
Power lines passing through the area have been de-energized and downriver communities have been without electricity since last night. Power company crews are standing at the ready to bring the lines back up as soon as it is safe.
High winds kept the fire active most of the night. Firefighters completed containment line around the fire and continue to improve that line today. The challenges firefighters are facing are high winds, heavy fuels, and limited access to the area.
CAL FIRE crews and other resources worked the fire through the night. Klamath National Forest personnel and contract hand crews are working the fire today, along with a South Yreka Fire Department water tender. Air support and additional crews are on order. The cause of the fire is under investigation.