Press release from the Klamath National Forest:
Date Started: August 11, 2014
Size: Approximately 1.200 acres
Percent Contained: 10%
Total Personnel: 406
Committed Resources: 15 crews, 13 engines, 3 dozers, 13 water tenders, 5 helicopters
Happy Camp, CA-- Garwood's Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Happy Camp Complex yesterday at 6:00 p.m. They are managing the suppression of fires started by lightning on August 11th.
Firefighters have been able to locate, prioritize, and are aggressively suppressing over twenty fires in the steep, rugged terrain. Isolated torching of trees, active backing fires, and downhill runs are challenging firefighting efforts. Fires are burning in fuels of various ages, from new growth to forests over one hundred years old. A smoke inversion is making air support difficult at times.
The Siskiyou County Sheriff had issued an evacuation advisory along China Grade Road from Elk Creek Road to Frying Pan Creek. (Residents should prepare to evacuate if fire conditions worsen) China Grade Road is open to residents only. Caution should be taken when driving due to rolling debris and falling trees near the fire area.
Extreme fire behavior is predicted with torching, spotting and rolling material challenging fire suppression efforts.
Weather in the Happy Camp Complex fire area will remain clear to partly cloudy with winds 5 to 10 mph. A lingering atmospheric inversion in the valleys will affect air operations and air quality. A Clean Air Respite Center is available at the Karuk Tribe Senior Nutrition Center located at 64101 Second Ave. in Happy Camp. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The center will remain open longer hours if needed due to smoky conditions.
More information can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4078/ or visit the Klamath National Forest Facebook page for additional updates, photos and information.