Update on the July Complex fires

Press release from the U.S. Forest Service

Current information:


Start date: July 31

Cost: $40.5 million

Acreage/Containment: Whites 33,680/92 percent; Man: 2,764/0 percent; Log: 3,632/100 percent

Total personnel: 796

Committed resources: 14 crews; 29 dozers; 7 water tenders; 12 helicopters

Fire Status

Whites Fire: Last night remained quiet over the fire. Today, firefighters will continue to work the more difficult areas to access 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. This work is approximately 50 percent completed.

Man Fire: Along the southern edge, the fire is bumping against an old burn scar in Wooley Creek and vegetation is sparse. On the west side, the fire continues to back slowly into Big Elk drainage. On the north edge of the fire, firefighters were able pick up and line approximately 50 small spot fires that had established over the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). On the eastern flank fire progress was held in check — aided by a decision the previous day to stage helicopters out of the smoke impacted base at Ft. Jones to an alternate site. This allowed helicopters to support fire suppression efforts on the Man Fire. Today, crews will re-engage where safe to anchor and flank the fire from PCT using air resources when visibility allows. 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 low pressure trough moved through the fire area last night bringing a warming and drying trend through to Tuesday. Widespread smoke is expected over the fire in the afternoon. North winds are expected in the morning, transitioning to south winds later in the day, ranging from 3-8 mph with gusts to 20 mph. Temperatures are predicted to range from 74-87 degrees, with humidity at 14-25 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/