Update on the July Complex fires

Press release from the U.S. Forest Service:

Current Information:

Whites Fire – Crews continued to remove hazard trees, rocks and rollout debris from Sawyers Bar Road. The Sheriff's Department opened Sawyers Bar Road at noon today. Smoldering fuels around the Mule Bridge Road to Idlewild will be monitored by crews working in the area. Mop up operations in these areas will help prevent threats to the fireline. Handline construction continues to progress down the western edge of the fire to Lower Russian Lake, and this will be ongoing throughout the weekend. The southeastern and southern edges of the fire continue in monitor and patrol status. Erosion prevention work is continuing on the firelines constructed during fire suppression. Patrol and mop-up efforts continue tonight in the vicinity of Mule Bridge.

Man Fire – Late afternoon gusting winds produced challenges for firefighters on the northern edge of the fire, resulting in one spot fire over the Pacific Crest Trail. Tactical firing operations were conducted today. Air tankers and helicopters made water and retardant drops over the east side of the fire. Firefighting crews continued to make good progress implementing full suppression strategy – utilizing Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics to reduce impacts on the wilderness values.

Log Fire – Interior smoke was visible today over the fire area. Suppression repair efforts are ongoing, as crews continue to monitor and mop up remaining hot spots.

Fire Weather/Behavior:

Hot and dry conditions are predicted over the fire area tonight with partly cloudy skies and areas of smoke. Wind gusts to 16 mph are expected over the ridge tops. Overnight lows, from valleys to the ridge tops, are predicted to be 55-64 degrees.

Evacuation Orders, Advisories, and Road Closures:

Evacuation orders, advisories, and road closure information concerning the July Complex changed today, Aug. 28, 2014. Visit http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us , or Inciweb http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4035/, or Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1snfZFQ for details.

Safety:

Fire crews and equipment will remain in the area. Please turn headlights on while driving and DO NOT stop or park along the roads to watch the fire or firefighting activities. Please do not disturb or attempt to operate firefighting equipment placed on your property.

National Forest Closure Orders:

National Forest closure orders remain in effect for the July Complex and Happy Camp Complex until these fires are 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:

Limit prolonged outdoor activities in areas experiencing smoke from forest fires. The elderly, young children and people with asthma, chronic respiratory illness or heart disease may be particularly prone to adverse health effects from heavy smoke. For air-quality updates, please visit the Siskiyou County Pollution Control District at http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/ag/apc.aspx

Smoke may impair visibility on roadways in Siskiyou County areas. For information on smoke conditions visit http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/

Information Contacts:

Klamath National Forest Fire Information Line: 530-841-4451, Siskiyou County Office of Emergency, Services: 530-841-2155, Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office: 530-926-2552

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