Terrain Satellite
Red Salmon Complex
9.5 mi
SE of Orleans, CA
Last Updated:
5 days ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Monday, July 27, 2020 4:03 AM PDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 2 weeks ago

Incident Photo for the Red Salmon Complex Fire

The Red Salmon Complex started the morning of July 27 in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area and quickly grew in the steep and rugged terrain. The fire is burning on the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Shasta-Trinity National Forests in Humboldt, Siskiyou, and Trinity Counties. Communities near the fire include Hoopa Valley, Willow Creek, Salyer, Trinity Village, Denny, Forks of Salmon, Orleans, and Cecilville.

11-7-2020 Friday's fire behavior on the Red Salmon Complex remained unchanged from the last few days. Most of the fire activity was north of Blaine Mountain in the Plummer Creek Drainage and north of Pony  Creek. There are isolated heat sources throughout the interior of the fire but none of them threaten containment.  Fire managers are continuing to monitor fire growth.

Chances for additional rain, as well as snow in higher elevations is predicted through Sunday. Gusty north winds are expected to impact upper slopes, ridges and north/south valleys. Some drying is expected Monday but another front is predicted to bring additional rain and mountain snow on Tuesday. Cool weather conditions with a chance of showers is forecast through Wednesday. Heavier precipitation is expected late Thursday due to a stronger weather front.

Firefighters are monitoring fire activity, patrolling firelines and strengthening them where needed. Three helicopters are assigned to the fire and operating out of Scott Valley. Suppression repair remains in full swing across the incident, with dozers, graders, excavators and water tenders working to stabilize firelines and roads ahead of precipitation events. Equipment and crews are working closely with resource advisors who help direct suppression repair work to protect sensitive natural and cultural resources. 

The fire is contained on the Six Rivers’ and Hoopa Valley portions of the incident.

Based on cooler  temperatures, precipitation and reduced fire activity this is the final summary update.

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Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Monday July 27th, 2020 approx. 11:03 AM
14 miles northeast of Willow Creek, CA
Incident Commander:
Louie Orozco ICT3 (SRF), Joel Berg ICT3t (SRF), Josh Wright ICT3 (SHF), Andy Branson ICT3 (KNF)
Incident Description:
This Incident Is Burning In Steep Rugged Country Primarily In The Trinity Alps Wilderness Area.
41.185, -123.433

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Sunday November 15th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Closed Timber Litter
Timber (Litter and Understory)

Mature timber with heavy duff, litter, shrubs, and grass. ERC, BI and 1000-hour fuels are at high indices. Steep rugged terrain with parallel ridges and drainages hamper direct line construction.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Zone 1 - Klamath: Monitor existing containment lines, hold and improve where possible. Utilize aircraft to slow fire spread and progression within the Wilderness. Conduct Stage 1 suppression repair within the highly sensitive cultural resources from the Forest boundary east following the fire perimeter to Forks of the Salmon. Back haul within the communities of Forks of the Salmon, Cecilville, and the private ranches, inholdings, and properties.

Zone 2 - Shasta Trinity: Monitor and patrol line and utilize aircraft to slow fire spread and progression within the Wilderness. Conduct Stage 1 suppression repair within the highly sensitive cultural resources from Fawn Ridge west following the fire perimeter to the Forest boundary. Back haul from the private ranches, inholdings, and properties.

Zone 3 - Six Rivers: Monitor existing containment lines, hold and improve where possible. Conduct stage 1 suppression repair within the highly sensitive cultural resources within the Forest boundary.
- 3-4 days of anticipated chipping continues
- 7-10 days left of Grading anticipated
-need to make piles near DP10 starting tomorrow
- Going south a little work at DP 13 w/ excavator & moving trees off 10N02 rd
Zone 4 - Hoopa Valley: East of Hoopa DP 5 continuing to clear debris left over from felling operation.
- South end still monitoring fire activity in Horse Linto drainage which is minimal. Monitor existing containment lines, hold and improve where possible. Conduct Stage 1 and 2 suppression repair within the highly sensitive cultural resources within the Hoopa Valley Reservation.
Projected Incident Activity:
Active creeping and backing as fuels remain dry. Terrain driven winds and poor recoveries with the potential for a smoke inversion within the Plummer Creek drainage, West Fork Plummer Creek, Dees Peak and Milk Creek, where heat remains could experience moderate backing and creeping. Increased potential for leaf litter and needle cast falling creating a continuous receptive fuel bed aiding fire spread. Increase in heavy dead and down fuels smoldering across the eastern flank of the fire and in isolated pockets in the interior of the fire.
The Red Salmon Complex acres burned on each Forest is as follows:

Six Rivers National Forest = 49,634
Shasta Trinity National Forest = 52,687
Klamath National Forest = 38,598
Hoopa Valley Reservation = 3,285
Private = 113

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:

Todays weather observed temps in the low 70's, RH mid 20's Sunny, clear, no clouds. Light winds with some gusts on the ridge tops.

Less smoke was observed than previous days.


Dry conditions with above normal daytime temperatures are expected to prevail through most of the coming week. Daytime RH values will remain low each day, with poor overnight recoveries on the ridges and good recoveries in the valleys. Winds will generally remain light and terrain driven, although winds could gust to around 20 mph over a few wind-prone exposed ridges. The warm, dry air mass
will dominate through most of the week, before a cold front brings substantial cooling and a chance for rain with some snow showers in the mountains Friday through Saturday.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Phone: 530-643-1561
Hours: Daily 8am - 8pm
Fire Unit Information
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002