River Complex Fire Update Sunday September 26, 2021
Etna, CA- Fire crews focused efforts in the Minnehaha Creek area and the fire burning between Craggy Peak Ridge and Little Mill Creek. Crews were successful in keeping the fire from progressing farther down the slope on south side of Minnehaha Creek. The plan for today is to keep the uncontrolled fire edge from gaining intensity and keeping the fire from moving into a position which would be influenced by upcoming wind. Crews will continue to keep the Cronan fire within existing control lines and prevent the Haypress fire from spreading to private property and surrounding communities.
More favorable weather conditions are forecasted starting Monday. Although there will be limited precipitation along the eastern perimeter of the fire (less than 1/10th of an inch), cooler temperatures and increased humidity will give the crews the opportunity to continue to increase their containment of the fire utilizing direct handline construction. Forecasted breezy conditions ahead of the approaching cold front will cause temporary increased fire danger, however the fire is currently in a position that is sheltered from the southwesterly winds.
Total acreage: 198,248 Haypress/Summer: 192,308 Cronan: 5,940 Containment: 65%
Incident Start Date: July 30, 2021, Incident Start Time: 2:02 PM Incident Type: Wildland Fire Incident Location: River Complex, Klamath National Forest, Trinity County
Resources: 877 personnel, 22 hand crews, 15 helicopters, 38 engines, 13 dozers, 16 water tenders, 12 masticators, 4 skid steers
Links: Caltrans | Daily Smoke Report | Glossary of Wildland Fire Terminology | Federal Aviation Flight Restrictions Map
Facebook: Klamath NF | Shasta-Trinity NF | Siskiyou County Sheriff | Trinity County OES | Trinity County Sheriff Property Damage Assessment: For questions or information regarding the status of your property or for recovery assistance, call Trinity County Office of Emergency Services (OES) at 530-623-8223.
Closures: Updated Forest Service Closures are available online.
Shasta-Trinity National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/stnf/alerts-notices
Klamath National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices
Siskiyou County Evacuations: For specific information regarding evacuations please visit:
Trinity County Evacuations: Evacuations are posted on the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. The most current evacuation order is also listed on the River Complex Inciweb Closure Page. Evacuation orders and warnings can be issued or change suddenly; if you have questions about evacuation boundaries, call Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at 530-623-2611. For more information about Trinity County Office of Emergency Services, please go to: https:///www.trinitycounty.org/OES.
Road Closures: Find more road info at Caltrans and https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/publicworks/page/closures-and-delays.
National Forest Restrictions and Closures: The Regional Forest Closure Order which had been in effect since August 19th was rescinded at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Read the full Forest Closure Order Expiring Letter for details. This change does not impact the number of Forest Closure Orders still exist on the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests. Pacific Crest Trail Specific Closures in Northern California
Shasta-Trinity National Forest Closures: Trinity Alps Closure Order
Shasta-Trinity National Forest Fire Closure Page
Shasta-Trinity National Forest River Closure 14-21-31 Shasta-Trinity National Forest Fire Restrictions
Klamath National Forest Closure: Klamath National Forest Fire Closure Order Klamath National Forest Fire Restrictions
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Date of Origin:
Friday, July 30, 2021 7:00 AM PDT
Scott Salmon Ranger District
Jim Harris, Tom Clemo, Jon Lucas
Estimated Containment Date:
Monday, November 1, 2021 7:00 AM PDT
Live and dead fuels are critically dry due to severe drought. 1000-hour dead fuel moisture is well below 10% and live fuels are below 100%. Overstory vegetation is mixed conifer and surface fuels include shrubs and grass.
Several days of warm and dry conditions with minimal overnight humidity recovery caused another moderately active burn day in the uncontained portions of the fire. Most of the fire is out of alignment and remains a backing fire.
Isolated group tree torching was observed in the portion of the fire between Craggy Peak and Little Mill Creek and in Minnehaha Creek. Short range spotting occurred but mostly from roll-out of hot material on the very steep slopes of the fire.
Keep the fire within current containment lines around the community of Callahan. Continue to implement new contingency lines. Continue direct tactics as resources allocation and fire activity allows. Control lines are in on Div Q are secure and we have initiated backhaul of excess hose and property.
We continue to have rollout day and night in Div M. Interior pockets and fuels adjacent to the line continue to consume creating additional control issues and challenges for firefighters. Continued direct line construction in Divs M.
We are quickly returning to the critical fuels conditions that are conducive to a longer burn period and increased threats to the adjacent communities.
We continue to add resources to Div N to cold trail and secure the 14 miles of open line in Div N. Crews continue to spike for another 4-6 days.
We have 3 wildfire modules and 1 Type 2IA crew continuing to work on the Tangle Blue Spot fire. Requested crews are needed to support the crew insertion mentioned above. We are supporting the spiked crews via longline. Currently, we anticipate 4-6 days worth of work for with what is available. We will continue to build contingency lines in Div N on private timber stands between Trinity Center and the Hwy-3 corridor. Offensive tactics will continue until conditions force extraction of the spiked resources.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: Breezy conditions will persist overnight in the upper elevations, but a settling inversion and slightly higher humidity should keep overnight fire activity to a minimum.
24 hours: Breezy conditions ahead of the approaching cold front will be experienced over the fire. As long as the air resources are able to fly to support the crews going direct in Div. N and Div. M, they should be successful in keeping the areas with the most growth potential knocked down and out of alignment with the predominant wind direction.
48 hours: More favorable weather conditions are forecasted over the fire area. The cooler temperatures and increasing humidity combined with a chance of precipitation will moderate fire behavior significantly. These conditions should be favorable for resources to continue their direct line operations.
72 hours: Same as 48 hours.
Transfer of command from CIIMT 2 to CIIMT 15 occurred 24 September at 1900.
Relative humidity values bottomed out below 20% across the majority of the fire area today. Ridgetop winds were increased, with gusts from the south to around 20 mph observed in the afternoon. Sunday will be similar, with the winds shifting to the southwest ahead of an incoming cold front. This front will bring gusty winds as well as some rain to the fire Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures will remain cooler through midweek, with conditions expected to be warm and dry by the end of the week.
Fire Information Line Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 707-596-6075 Hours: 8 am - 8 pm, Daily
Fire Unit Information
Klamath National Forest U.S. Forest Service 1711 S. Main St Yreka, CA 96097