Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:56:17 PM PDT

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
McCash Fire
Last Updated
Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:35 PM PDT
(21 mins, 15 secs ago)
Fire Reported
Saturday, July 31, 2021 8:11 PM PDT
(2 months ago)
Incident Type
42.3 miles ESE of Crescent City, CA
Responsible Agency
US Forest Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Six Rivers National Forest
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Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The McCash Fire was located on July 31, 2021 around 7:00 pm.  The fire was burning in timber with an understory of tall grass and brush in rugged, steep terrain in an area with limited roads and partially within the Marble Mountain Wilderness.  The nearest towns are Somes Bar and Happy Camp, CA (Siskiyou County). 

As of 4:00 pm on October 15, 2021, a Type 3 Incident Management Team is assigned to the McCash Fire. The fire recently received considerable precipitation and is 93% contained. Updates will be posted on this page only as events warrant.  A forest closure remains in effect for the area around the McCash Fire. For updates on the forest closure, please visit the Klamath National Forest and Six Rivers National Forest webpages. 

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Saturday July 31st, 2021 approx. 07:11 PM
Ten Bear Mtn, McCash Creek
Incident Commander
Beau Burley, ICT3
Andrew Zinc, ICT3(T)
Tristan Kiehl, ICT3(T)
41.564, -123.404
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Sunday October 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)
Closed Timber Litter
Significant Events
Planned Actions
Full suppression strategy will continue until a season ending significant weather event. Ground patrols continue on the east and southeast sides of the fire. Resources will continue to secure and mop-up the direct fire perimeter. Crews continue to repair and mitigate hazards along all contingency and indirect line. Suppression repair and backhaul continues where suppression objectives have been met. Repair is the main focus on the north and west sides of the fire.
Projected Incident Activity
12 Hours: Rain will continue overnight with snow in the upper elevations. Heavy fuels (log ends, stump holes) will continue to smolder and consume in-place. Exposed duff will continue to smolder.

24 Hours: Rain and snow throughout the day. Winds 20-30 mph with gusts to 50 mph increasing to 70 mph in the afternoon. Smoldering due to recent and continuing wetting rain and snow.

48 Hours: Rain and snow mix becoming mostly rain in the afternoon. winds expected. Smoldering due to weather conditions.

72 Hours: Breezy conditions along with snow at higher elevations. Rain is expected to continue, decreasing fire behavior.
No perimeter growth.
Weather Concerns
Fronts will continue to pass through the region fueling moderate to strong atmospheric rivers. This will lead to prolonged periods of moderate to heavy rainfall and gusty winds, especially over exposed ridges. The strongest winds are expected this evening and then again late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Snow levels will generally be on the rise through the weekend, but will lower again after Sunday into Monday when wet heavy snow reenters into the forecast. Rain totals through Friday night will be between 2.0 and 2.5 inches with rain rates up to 0.8 inches per hour possible. Friday night through Saturday will be slightly more dry with rain totals between 0.75 and 1.0 inches. Then Saturday night through Sunday night heavier rain returns with totals between 2.0 and 2.75 inches possible.
Incident Contact
Information Officer
Email: 2021.mccash@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-380-2152
Hours: M-Su 7am - 7 pm
Fire Unit Information
Six Rivers National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1330 Bayshore Way
Eureka, CA 95501
Dispatch Contact
North Coast Interagency Dispatch Center | Eureka, CA
Phone: 707-441-3644
Incident Map

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