Update on Log, Man, Whites fires

Press release from the U.S. Forest Service:

Date of Fire Start: July 31, 2014

Cause: Lightning

Cost: $40M

Acreage/Containment: Whites: Fire 33,680 - 87%; Man Fire: 2,741 - 0%; Log Fire: 3,632 - 100%.

Resources: Total Personnel: 997 Hand Crews: 22 Engines: 32 Dozers: 7 Water Tenders: 30 Helicopters: 12

Fire Status

Whites Fire: Last night fire activity remained quiet over the fire area, there will no longer be a night shift. Today, firefighters will continue to work the more difficult areas to access east of Yellow Dog Peak, west of Taylor Lake and north of Lower Russian Lake. Crews will continue with removal of hazard trees, rocks and rollout debris from areas adjacent to Sawyers Bar Road.

Firefighters are working with Klamath National Forest resource advisors to identify and repair areas affected by firefighting activities. This includes chipping material produced during fire line construction as well as identifying needs to construct erosion control measures along fire lines throughout the fire area.

Man Fire: The fire continues to back and flank on the west, south and eastern sides, with active burning in the Wooley Creek and Big Elk drainages. On the northern edge fire activity increased as the lines were tested by the upslope winds. Today, crews will re-engage where safe and utilize air support when available to pick up any spots across the containment lines. Full suppression efforts include use of Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics—utilizing geographic features and natural barriers to reduce impacts on wilderness values.

Log Fire: Interior consumption of unburned vegetation will continue to produce smoke. Firefighters will continue with mop up and suppression repair efforts along the edge of the fire.

Fire Weather/Behavior: A cool dry front came through the fire area last night. Today, erratic winds are expected due to directional changes and topography. Southwest winds are expected in the morning, transitioning to northwest winds later in the day, ranging from 3-12 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Temperatures are predicted to range from 72-86 degrees, with humidity at 18-30 percent.

Emergency Forest Closures: A number of Emergency Forest Closure Orders have been implemented for public and fire fighter safety. For details see http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices

Further Information: Evacuation orders, advisories and road closure information for the July Complex is available at www.fs.usda.gov/klamath, or www.co.siskiyou.ca.us or Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1snfZFQ

For smoke information: www.californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/