July Fire Complex still burning, Whites Fire at 49 percent containment

The following is a press release issued by the U.S. Forest Service:

Start Date: July 31, 2014 Cause: Lightning

Acreages/Containment: Whites Fire – 35,385 at 49%; Man Fire- 1,688 at 0% Cost to date: $33 million

Type 1 Crews: 16, Type 2 Crews: 24, Type 3 Engines: 51, Dozers: 5, Water Tenders: 37, Helicopters 12

Current Information:

Whites Fire –Air resources were able to support suppression efforts again yesterday until the smoke became too thick later in the afternoon. Clearer skies today will allow continued use of aerial suppression in containment efforts. Structure protection remains in place throughout the fire. The entire south and southwest edges of the fire are in mop up and patrol status. The fire continued to spread last night south of the North Fork in Whites Gulch along Snoozer Ridge as well as in Sawmill Gulch southwest of Tanners Peak. Handline has been completed from Sawyers Bar through the Salmon River Complex burn scar, toward the north edge of the fire. Tactical firing operations were successfully used to strengthen the completed line above Mule Bridge to Snoozer Ridge. Line construction from Etna Summit to Razor Ridge continues, and on the east side of the fire, containment has been achieved from the Twin Lakes area to Little Duck Lake. Line construction continues, where safe, along the fire's edge to Lower Russian Lake.

Man Fire –Hand crews continue to be stationed near the fire to reduce daily travel time. Natural barriers and topographic features are being used as part of the efforts to contain the fire. Although the fire is located in wilderness, the goal is to put this fire out completely, using minimum impact suppression tactics (M.I.S.T.) to reduce long term effects on the land.

Fire Weather/Behavior:

Northeast winds over the fire will produce clearer skies today pushing smoke toward the coast, with continuing dry conditions. There may be partial smoke and cloud cover over the fire. With normal upslope, up canyon winds, there is no predicted significant increase in fire behavior.

Evacuations:

The following Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office evacuation order and advisories remain in effect:

Evacuation Orders-- Residents should leave immediately. Evacuation orders are in place for the community of Sawyers Bar and Eddy Gulch, Little North Fork, Idlewild, Mule Bridge, Robinson Flat and Whites Gulch areas. Once a person leaves, they may not be able to re-enter the evacuation area until the fire danger has passed. Travelers should exit via Sawyers Bar Road to Forks of the Salmon and then take Salmon River Road to Highway 96. There is heavy fire traffic on the Callahan-Cecilville Road. Please avoid this road if possible for your own safety. Scott Bar Road to Ft. Jones is open at this time.

Evacuation Advisories:

Residents should be prepared to evacuate if fire conditions worsen. An advisory is in place for the Scott Valley communities of French Creek and Sugar Creek. An advisory is in place for the residents of Black Bear Ranch, Godfrey Ranch, and Blue Ridge Ranch.

Road Closures:

A hard closure is in place on the Sawyers Bar Road from east of Sawyers Bar to a point between Etna Summit and Etna. Only firefighting traffic is allowed on the road. See details of the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office evacuation orders and advisories at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4035.

National Forest Closure Orders:

National Forest Closure Order No.14-05-751 remains in effect for the area of the Man and Log

Fires until these fires are declared out.

National Forest Closure Order No.14-05-748 remains in effect in the area of the Whites Fire until it

is declared out.

To view details on this and other closures in the area, go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

Air Quality:

Smoke might impair visibility on roadways in Siskiyou County areas. Some adverse health impacts are possible. For information on smoke conditions visit http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/

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