Press release from the U.S. Forest Service:
Start Date: July 31, 2014
Acreages/Containment: Whites Fire - 35,925 at 80%; Man Fire – 2,228 at 0%;
Log Fire – 3,629 at 100%
Cost to date: $37M
Type 1 Crews 12, Type 2 Crews 17, Type 3 Engines 41, Dozers 4, Water Tenders 30, Helicopters 11
Whites Fire – Crews are continuing to remove hazard trees, rocks and rollout debris from Sawyers Bar Road. The Sheriff's Department will be announcing at noon today information about opening the Sawyer's Bar Road. Smoldering fuels around the Mule Bridge Road to Idlewild will continue to burn and will be monitored by crews working in the area. Mop up operations in these areas will help prevent any existing threats to the fireline. Handline construction has progressed down the western edge of the fire to Lower Russian Lake and will continue through the next few days. The southeastern and southern edges of the fire continue to be patrolled, and erosion prevention work continues on firelines constructed during fire suppression.
Man Fire – On the northeast corner of the fire, below the edge of the Pacific Crest Trail, tactical firing operations recommenced yesterday. By midafternoon the heavy smoke grounded all air tankers and helicopters. Firefighting crews continue to make good progress implementing full suppression strategy--utilizing Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics to reduce impacts on the wilderness values.
Log Fire – Suppression repair efforts continue, and crews will monitor and mop up remaining smokes.
Hot and dry conditions will continue today over the fire area and are expected to last through the end of the week. Temperatures will be near triple digits and relative humidity could drop to single digits. This morning will bring upslope/upcanyon winds over the fire area and southwest transport winds will become stronger today by late afternoon.
Evacuation Orders, Advisories, and Road Closures:
The evacuation orders, advisories, and road closure information concerning the July Complex will change at noon, Aug. 28, 2014. Visit http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us , or Inciweb http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4035/, or Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1snfZFQ for details.
Health and Safety 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. For air-quality updates, please visit the Siskiyou County Pollution Control District at http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/ag/apc.aspx.
Fire crews and equipment will remain in the area. Please 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.
National Forest Closure Orders:
National Forest Closure Order No.14-05-755 is in effect for the area of the July Complex and Happy Camp Complex until these fires are declared out.
To view details on this and other closures in the area, go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.
Smoke might impair visibility on roadways in Siskiyou County areas. Some adverse health impacts are possible. For information on smoke conditions visit http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/
Klamath National Forest Fire Information Line: 530-841-4451, Siskiyou County Office of Emergency, Services: 530-841-2155, Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office: 530-926-2552