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Fire Report - 7/21 - 

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Significant fires with high activity levels in Oregon and Northern California from Redding on up will be reported on and updated daily. Significant fires are those of 100 acres or more in timber, or 300 acres or more in grass.

 

OREGON -

CHETCO BAR FIRE -  500 acres, 0 percent containment at last report. Fire Is burning on the Rogue Siskiyou National Forest in the Gold Beach Ranger District. It is burning above the headwaters of the Chetco River roughly six miles west of Pearsol Peak, twenty miles northeast of Brookings, and 18 miles northwest of Cave Junction. It is in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area burning in the Biscuit Fire burn scar. The fire is under command of a local type III IMT with Monty Edwards as incident commander. The cause of the fire is believed to be lightning. The fire is burning in timber, brush, and standing snags from the Biscuit Fire. Fire behavior has been low intensity with occasional moderate activity in the afternoons and early evenings in peak burn hours. Fire fighters are now in on the east and west sides of the fire doing prep work getting ready to engage the fire. However, in both the east and west they are 6 miles away from where the fire actually is for safety reasons. This is as close as they can get right now with the situation as it stands. They have a total of 55 fire fighters working the fire right now. Additional fire fighters will engage as entry points and helicopter landing zones are improved. And, as they get safety zones better identified and established. 

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - Humboldt, Del Norte, Shasta, Trinity, Lassen, Modoc, and Siskiyou Counties -

LONG VALLEY FIRE - Final report -  83,733 acres, 91 percent containment. Fire is burning on BLM lands 50 miles north of Reno in Washoe County near Pyramid Lake. The fire is under command of a type II IMT with Chris Fogle incident commander. The cause of the fire is being investigated, but human activity is suspected. The fire is burning in a mix of grass, brush, and juniper. Fire behavior was minimal yesterday in all areas with smoldering being reported. Fire fighters have the fire in hand. Mop up and suppression repair are the goals for all sections, or divisions of the fire for today. Fire crews continue monitoring the fire area. Please watch out for fire vehicles travelling around in the fire area as crews finish the job of extinguishing the fire and working on suppression repair. Mass release of resources continue. It sounds like the fire will be turned back over to the local units of BLM at 6 am Saturday morning. 

MARBLE FIRE -  280 acres, with 10 percent containment at last report. Fire is burning on Six Rivers National Forest and Cal Fire protected lands in extreme Southwestern Siskiyou County near Orleans. A number of structures including homes are at risk. The fire is under command of a type II IMT with Rick Young as incident commander. The cause of the fire is being investigated, but human activity is suspected. The fire is burning in a mix of grass, brush, and timber. Fire behavior was very active with uphill runs, and spotting observed. Fire crews were faced with challenging terrain and heavy fuel loads in trying to get direct access on the fire. And then in the afternoon winds arrived and that increased fire activity significantly and a large plume blossomed over the fire. Air attack on the fire was heavy throughout the day and evening. Overnight the fire continued to burn actively. A large plume is coming off it this morning and is seen on the visible satlellite shot. Another tough day coming up for fire fighters. Numerous structures are at risk in the fire area and evacuations remain in effect. Traffic on Highway 96 is not being driectly impacted by the fire, but is by movement of fire fighting equipment. You are asked to avoid Highway 96 between Happy Camp and Hoopa due to construction and movement of fire fighting crews and equipment. Requests for additional resources continue. 4 handcrews, 20 engines, water tenders, and bulldozers are working the fire on the ground. 7 helicopters and air tankers are being used to right the fire. The tankers are flying out of Redding supporting the fire. .

 

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