July Complex Whites Fire near containment, warm days ahead for fire crews

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

Date of Fire Start: July 31, 2014

Cause: Lightning

Cost: $42 million

Acreage/Containment: Whites: Fire 33,680 - 98%; Man Fire: 2,773 - 0%; Log Fire: 3,632 - 100%.

Resources: Total Personnel: 748; Hand Crews: 12; Engines: 28; Dozers: 11; Water Tenders: 20

Helicopters: 12

Fire Status:

Man Fire: Fire behavior overnight was moderated by higher relative humidity recovery. There is a reduction in the number of smokes along the fire perimeter due to the suppression efforts of crews on the ground. Yesterday air resources were able to aid in securing spot fires on the north side of the fire that crossed the Pacific Crest Trail. Full suppression efforts include use of Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics—utilizing geographic features and natural barriers to reduce impacts on wilderness values.

Whites Fire: The Mule Bridge Road and Taylor Lake Road closures were lifted at 6 p.m. Sunday, August 31. Today, firefighters will continue to work more difficult to access areas of the fire to -- north of Lower Russian Lake and west of Taylor Lake. Crews are still working in areas adjacent to Sawyers Bar Road removing hazard trees, rocks and rollout debris. Resource advisors are working with fire crews to identify and repair areas affected by fireline construction activities and any areas requiring construction of erosion control measures along fire lines throughout the fire area.

Log Fire: The fire will continue to be monitored for any remaining interior visible smoke.

Fire Weather/Behavior:

The warming trend will continue today as a ridge of high pressure sets up over the fire area. North to northeast winds will dominate the ridges 5-10 mph with gusts of 15 mph. Weather will be mostly sunny with widespread smoke. Temperatures are predicted to range from 86-90 degrees; with humidity at 11-16 percent. Tuesday will bring gusty west to southwest ridge winds with further warming and little change in humidity. A dry cold front is expected by Wednesday morning with slight cooling and continued dry conditions.

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/