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

EVACUATION ORDER CHANGE TO ADVISORY:

Effective 6 a.m. today, the evacuation order for residents of Sawyers Bar and Eddy Gulch has been changed to an advisory (open to residents only) by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, as requested by the July Complex Incident Commander. Areas of active fire may exist in fire area. Fire activity will continue within the fire perimeter as unburned fuels burn out. Please remain vigilant and monitor official sources for updated fire information.

For public safety reasons including the potential for falling rocks and falling trees, and the continued presence of fire emergency equipment, the following road closures remain in effect:

- Sawyers Bar Road, West of Etna to Whites Gulch

- Sawyers Bar Road from Whites Gulch to the Forks of the Salmon (residents of the area are allowed to enter).

Fire crews and equipment will remain in the area. Please keep roadways clear; 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.

EVACUATION ADVISORY LIFTED

Effective 6 a.m. today, the evacuation advisory for residents of Sugar Creek, French Creek, Black Bear Ranch, Godfrey Ranch and Blue Ridge Ranch areas was lifted by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office as requested by the July Complex Incident Commander.


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For public safety reasons, including the potential for falling rocks and falling trees, and the continued presence of fire emergency equipment the following road closures remain in effect:

- Sawyers Bar Road, West of Etna to Whites Gulch

- Sawyers Bar Road from Whites Gulch to the Forks of the Salmon. (Note that Sawyers Bar residents can now access this area, but not the general public).

Areas of active fire may exist in fire area. Fire activity will continue within the fire perimeter as unburned fuels burnout. Please remain vigilant and monitor official sources for updated fire information.

Health Issues:

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 or air quality updates.

Current Fire Information:

Acreages/Containment: Whites Fire - 33,680 at 67%; Man Fire- 1833 at 0%; Cost to date: $34 million

Type 1 Crews 16, Type 2 Crews 23, Type 3 engines 41, Dozers 4, Water Tenders 39, Helicopters 12

Whites Fire - Fire activity was evident throughout the night due to poor humidity recovery. Fire line construction directly against the fires edge from Sawyers Bar towards Tanners Peak is completed and is in patrol status. Structure protection will remain in place in Idlewild, Robinson Flat and Sawyers Bar. Tactical firing operations along the perimeter of the fire from Snoozer Ridge back towards the burn scar of last year's Salmon River Complex has been completed. Crews will continue with mop up and patrol of the line. Fire line construction directly against the fire's edge from Etna Summit to Razor Ridge continues. On the east side of the fire, containment has been achieved from the area of Twin Lakes to High Lake. Crews continue to engage where safe along the fires edge to Lower Russian Lake. The remainder of the southeastern and southern edge will be in the patrol and fire suppression repair phases. The Sawyers Bar road remains closed due to the danger of burned trees falling across the roadway without notice.

Falling crews will be in the area working to eliminate hazard trees. Road crews will also be clearing rock and rolling debris from the road.

Man Fire - Unstaffed at night. Infrared photography shows the fire that spotted on the south side of Wooley Creek has stabilized and not grown significantly. The 20-person crew of firefighters and two fire use modules are using tactical firing operations on the northeast corner of the fire to, and along the edge of the Pacific Crest Trail to help prevent the fire from crossing the trail. The goal is full suppression fire in the wilderness area-using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) to minimize impacts on wilderness values.

Fire Weather/Behavior:

Recovery of humidity levels was reduced overnight. Smoke has cleared over the fire and temperatures remain higher and humidity lower. Wind direction is predicted to be northwest, 5-8 mph with gusts to 14 mph. Temperatures will be from 82-100 degrees today with humidity at 8-18 percent, depending on location and elevation over the fire area.