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CALIFORNIA: MCKINNEY FIRE

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McKinney Fire, August 11th

Updated Aug. 11, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Where: Communities west of Yreka on Highway 96

Counties: Siskiyou

Size: 60,389 acres | Containment: 75%

Cause: Under investigation

Fatalities: 4

Latest conditions: Firefighters continue to backhaul hose, tools, and other supplies used during the attack of the McKinney Fire as well as begin restoration and repair of areas disrupted by firefighting operations. The Mill Creek area saw a great amount of heat from the vegetation burning in the area yesterday. The focus of today’s efforts will be on the southern end of the fire.

Hazard trees and other safety concerns along Highway 96 are being assessed and mitigated to safely open up the road to the public as soon as possible. Mop-up operations and securing of containment lines are still in full effect while firefighters ensure nothing will threaten the integrity of those lines. Crews have been flown into the eastern edge of the fire near Clear Creek to patrol. Tuesday’s spot fire near Fish Gulch is holding with constructed line. Throughout the entire fire footprint, some interior areas remain active with smoldering fuels of dead and down timber.

Winds from the west and northwest bring focus to the southeast portion of the fire. The western edge of the fire will benefit from the winds pushing any heat back in towards the black. Fire personnel continue to work to contain the fire within its current footprint.

Damage assessment: The initial damage assessment for the McKinney Fire is more than 50% complete. The initial report of damaged or destroyed structures is as follows; Of the 274 structures inspected, 134 structures have NOT been damaged, 87 residences are destroyed, 132 total structures destroyed (homes, garages, outbuildings, commercial etc.) and 4 structures have minor damage.

An interactive structure status map is available at Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services webpage: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low 90s with heat building through the week. Expect temperatures in the 100s by the weekend. Winds will generally be out of the west / northwest. The lower end of the relative humidity will be about 13-20%.

Evacuations: Multiple evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect. For current updates on evacuations, visit https://www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff and https://www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountyOES Additional evacuation information and a map can be found on the Zonehaven site at: https://community.zonehaven.com/

Evacuation center: A shelter has been established at Karuk Wellness Center at 1403 Kahtishraam, Yreka, CA, 96097.

Highway 96 remains closed from Highway 263 to Horse Creek through the fire area.

Local assistance center: A Local Assistance Center (LAC) will be opening at the College of the Siskiyous Rural Health Sciences Institute in Yreka to serve residents impacted by the McKinney Fire. The LAC is a one-stop-shop for recovery assistance. The address is 2001 Campus Drive Yreka, CA. The times of operation are Wednesday August 17, 9 am to 7 pm and Thursday August 18, 9 am to 7 pm.

Forest closures: A forest closure is now in effect for the McKinney, Yeti, and Alex Fires. Please refer to the links below for specific details:

Closure Info: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1047211.pdf

Closure Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1047212.pdf

Pacific Crest Trail Information: https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/closures/

Fire restrictions are in effect on the Klamath National Forest. For more information, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices/

Current smoke conditions: Environmental Protection Agency’s Fire and Smoke Map

Animal evacuations: Dogs, cats and livestock found around the perimeter of the McKinney Fire are being kept at several locations in Siskiyou County. Found animals are listed on the Siskiyou County animal control website.

Where to get more information:

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Siskiyou County sheriff's office


CALIFORNIA: YETI AND ALEX FIRES

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Yeti Fire, August 11th

Updated Aug. 11, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Where: Klamath National Forest in between the communities of Seiad and Happy Camp, California.

Counties: Siskiyou

Size: Yeti: 7,886 acres | Containment: 79%

Alex: 151 acres | Containment: 90%

Cause: Lightning

Latest Conditions: Yeti: Minimal heat remains along the perimeter of the fire as crews continue to mop up and add depth to cool containment lines. Active overnight patrols encountered no issues on their final night shift.

Today, firefighters will continue to seek out any lingering heat in stump holes and heavy logs that could threaten the lines, particularly along the fire’s southwest edge from the Four Corners intersection west along Joe Miles Ridge Road and down to the Klamath River.

Suppression repair is 80% complete on indirect lines as crews work with archeological and cultural resource advisors to install water bars to minimize erosion and take other measures to reduce the impact of dozer lines.

Alex: Firefighters have encountered little to no heat along the perimeter. Crews will monitor and patrol today.

Weather: Conditions remain warm and dry with light winds. With no rain for the past 30 days and extremely dry vegetation, the danger of new fires remains high. Residents and visitors are asked to use caution, remain vigilant and report any wildfires to the appropriate emergency authorities.

Evacuations and closures: All evacuation warnings have been lifted in the area of the Yeti Fire. For information on evacuations, please visit https://community.zonehaven.com/ To sign up for alerts, including critical evacuation information, please visit https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Highway 96 remains closed due to the McKinney Fire.

Forest closures: Fire restrictions and an emergency fire area closure are in effect on the Klamath National Forest. For more information, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices/

For more information:

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Klamath National Forest

Siskiyou County sheriff's office


CALIFORNIA: SIX RIVERS LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE

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Six Rivers Lightning Complex, August 11th

Updated Aug. 11, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Where: Communities around Willow Creek

Counties: Trinity, Humboldt

Size: 12,375 acres | Containment: 0%

Cause: Lightning

Latest conditions: Update 8/10/22 AM

The Lightning Complex Fire is currently 10,781 acres with 0% containment. There are now 1,245 personnel area assigned to the incident. USFS, CAIIMT 11 and CalFIRE have been working together to create a single unified operational plan to in order to collectively fight fire and support the communities impacted. CalFIRE’s partnership has been an integral part of the effort to suppress the Lightning Complex Fire with their collaborative assistance in protecting life and property.

Overnight hard work by firefighters in combination with high humidity kept fire growth to a minimum. Higher humidity is expected today on the northern end of the fire and there is not a lot of anticipated movement today.

A priority today near the Bremer Fire is to continue to improve control lines and secure areas near the cell tower that provides communications to Willow Creek.

Warmer and dryer weather to the east of the Quimby Creek area means a higher potential for active fire behavior. This area may also be impacted by afternoon upcanyon winds Trinity River that push from west to east.

On the far eastern side of the Campbell Fire, crews will be working to complete dozer line south of Zeigler Point and west of Trinity Village in the Quimby Creek area.

On the Ammon Fire, fire retardant has been dropped in the Ammon Ridge corridor and dozer line and hand line has been created along the south and southeastern side of the fire’s edge. Most of the smoke production has been coming from this fire. Areas south of this fire are hot and dry. Yesterday firefighters saw increased fire activity when good clean air from southwest winds presented. This area is not expected to be as active today.

Fire Behavior around the northwestern, north and northeastern sides of the fire Complex: Bremer, Waterman and Campbell fires remain influenced by the inversion layer. Growth continues towards the communities of Salyer Heights, Willow Creek and Trinity Center. Fire behavior has moderated with strong marine push into the Willow Creek area. Today’s fire behavior is expected to be muted by a strengthening inversion, though portions of the eastern sides of the fire may get moderately clearer air resulting from southerly winds. Largest growth expected to the west and south of the Oak, Ammon and Charlie Fires.

Strategic objectives are to keep the fire north of Ammon Ridge, south of Waterman Road, east of the FS-1 road and west of the boundary with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

Evacuations: The fire threatens communities along the Trinity River. Five main fires burn North and South of Highway 299. Primary areas of focus are the communities along the 299 corridor, Waterman Ridge, Friday Ridge Road, and Ammon Ridge. Evacuations continue around Willow Creek, Friday Ridge, Salyer and Trinity Village. Additional fire growth could impact communities and residences along the Route 1 road.

To find the latest evacuation information go to Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services (https://humboldtgov.org/2383/Current-Emergencies) or Trinity County Office of Emergency Services (https://www.trinitycounty.org/OES). Evacuation zones can be found at https://community.zonehaven.com/.

Sign up for emergency alerts: Humboldt County residents are encouraged to sign up for Humboldt Alert to receive local emergency notifications, including information regarding evacuations and emergency sheltering in the event of a wildfire or other emergency incident. Residents can sign up by going to: humboldtgov.org/alerts.

The following road closures have been established: State Route 299 remains open to through traffic. Residents are encouraged to visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ to check for state highway closures.

Evacuation center: A Red Cross Overnight Evacuation Shelter has been established at Trinity Valley Elementary School, located at 730 Highway 96, Willow Creek, for evacuees displaced by the Six Rivers Lightning Complex Fire.

Animal Evacuation Center: Hoopa Rodeo Grounds 1767 Pine Creek Rd., Hoopa, CA 95546 P: (707) 492-2851

The Hoopa Rodeo Grounds has several single pens and larger pens for whole herds. Call directly if you need directions or help transporting your large animals. They cannot house sheep, goats, poultry, or small animals, but they can potentially help arrange for temporary foster placement. If you can foster, please reach out regarding your availability and capacity.

Community meeting: A community meeting will be held August 11th at 6pm at Willow Creek Bible Church, 39 Brannan Mountain Road, Willow Creek, CA 95573

Virtually at https://www.facebook.com/SixRiversNF

Where to get more information:

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Humboldt County sheriff's office

Six Rivers National Forest


OREGON: WINDIGO FIRE

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Windigo Fire, August 11th (Right)

Updated Aug. 11, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Where: 20 miles southwest of La Pine, Ore.

Counties: Douglas, Klamath

Size: 1,008 acres | Containment: 25%

Estimated containment date: Saturday, October 1st.

Cause: Lightning

Latest conditions: August 10 AM Update:

Cooler temperatures and calmer winds were present across the fires Tuesday. Light showers and thunderstorms moved through the area, resulting in minor amounts of precipitation. Progress was made on all fires. Crews on the Windigo Fire strengthened line around the entire perimeter yesterday, increasing the mop up depth to 100 feet in some portions. Today, they will work on mop up operations to secure the line around the fire.

Firefighters on the Potter Fire expect to perform strategic firing operations on the eastern and northern flanks of the fire later in the day, as well as, continue mop up operations and improve fire lines. Strategic firing operations are used to control and secure the perimeter of the fire. Firefighters employ drones and/or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as a burnout tool by dropping plastic sphere dispensers (PSD) that start fires in desired locations to stop the advancing wildfire.

The Big Swamp Fire is at 117 acres following yesterday’s operations. Crews continued to secure line with support from aviation resources. Today, firefighters will work to find opportunities to go direct on portions of the fire, secure lines and conduct mop up operations.

Resources on the fires include 791 total personnel comprised of 13 handcrews, 24 engines, 11 dozers, 12 water tenders, nine Type 1 Helicopters, and one Type 3 Helicopter. Two fixed-wing scoopers are available out of Eugene.

Weather: Temperatures will reach 75-80 degrees today. Southwest winds with speeds between 5-10 mph and gusts of up to 2 mph on ridge tops are expected. Fire spotting distances may be up to .25 - .4 miles with a 45-75% chance of ignition on the dry fuels. Visit AirNow.gov for smoke information.

Evacuations: No current evacuation orders under effect.

Douglas County residents can sign up for evacuation alerts here.

Klamath County residents can sign up for evacuation alerts here.

The following road closures have been established:

• Pacific Crest Trail – visit https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/closures/oregon/ for more information.

• Forest Service Road (FSR) 60 from the junction with FSR 6020 on the Deschutes National Forest to FSR 2612 on the Umpqua National Forest

• Forest Service Road (FSR) 2610 from Lemolo Dam to Calapooya Mountain

Fire Closures on the Willamette National Forest

Current smoke conditions: Environmental Protection Agency’s Fire and Smoke Map

Where to get more information:

Fire Information Phone Line: 206-473-8645 (8am - 7pm)

Email: 2022.Windigo@firenet.gov

InciWeb

Windigo Fire and Potter Fire Facebook page

Deschutes National Forest