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

Current Events:

A lighting storm on August 11, 2014, started more than 20 wildfires in the area of Happy Camp, California. Personnel and resources from various local cooperators have mobilized to suppress these fires. Two of the fires, the Noranda and Ranch Fires, have been fully contained; increasing the complex total containment is 10%. Crews are working extremely hard in the challenging steep, rugged terrain to protect residential structures and other property including power lines and communication infrastructure, timber, and cultural and natural resources. Aggressive suppression is expected to minimize the growth of most of the small fires and the economic impact to the community during the peak recreation season.

Fire Behavior:

Extreme fire behavior is predicted with torching, spotting and rolling material challenging fire suppression efforts.

Weather Conditions:

The Happy Camp area is expecting a slight warming and drying trend. Weekend conditions will become warmer, drier and more unstable with temperatures in the 80's and minimum humidity dropping to around 20 percent on the ridges, and lower in the valleys.

Safety: Vehicle traffic along Hwy 96 remains a significant risk to the firefighters and community members. Please slow down, limit distractions, and help keep everyone safe when you are driving through the area.


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A Clean Air Respite Center is available at the Karuk Tribe Senior Nutrition Center, located at 64101 Second Ave. in Happy Camp. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and will remain open longer hours if needed due to smoky conditions.

An Evacuation Advisory was issued August 13, 2014 at 10 a.m. for residents of Happy Camp along China Grade Road from Elk Creek Bridge to Frying Pan Creek. China Grade Road is open to residents only.

Date Started: August 11 2014

Size: 1,850 acres

Percent Contained: 10%

Total Personnel: 685

For more information on the Happy Camp Complex wildfires, please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4078/.