42.3 mi
ESE of Crescent City, CA
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
19 mins, 21 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Saturday, July 31, 2021 12:11 PM PDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 2 hours, 26 mins ago

Incident Photo for the McCash Fire

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). Full suppression tactics of confine and contain are being used to fight the fire.  
Daily Operations Update Video: Each morning an operations video update will be posted on the Six Rivers National Forest Facebook page. The video will cover what firefighters are working on and the plan for the day.

Evacuations: Siskiyou County reduced evacuation levels to a warning for the area west of Highway 96 and north of Independence Creek, Chicken Ladder Road, and Cougar Creek. Evacuations have been lifted entirely around Happy Camp north of Titus Ridge and Frying Pan Ridge. See a map of the most recent designations at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/evacuations and an interactive map at: https://bit.ly/SiskiyouEvacMap 

Smoke impacts are occurring throughout the area.
Smoke conditions from this fire and neighboring fires may affect local residents, especially the communities of Ti Bar, Somes Bar, Happy Camp, and Orleans. If you are smoke sensitive or have health issues, please limit your time outdoors.

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More information:
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Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Saturday, July 31, 2021 7:11 PM PDT
Ten Bear Mtn, McCash Creek
Incident Commander:
Norm McDonald, Alaska IMT
41.564, -123.404

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Closed Timber Litter
Brush (2 feet)
Heavy dead and down fuels will maintain fire activity. Shrub fuel models will support more active fire. Timber with ladder fuels will increase in torching and potential short uphill runs with alignment.
Significant Events:
Moderate fire activity as fuels continue to dry. Surface fire will increase as will torching. Backing/flanking fire may allow uphill runs to occur on south and west aspects. Light winds will limit spotting distances to short range. Creeping and smoldering will increase as litter fuels dry out.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Full suppression operations will continue on the fire. Resources are proceeding with direct tactics from Bear Creek/Pacific Crest Trail north and then west over to Titus Ridge. Resources will continue burnout, secure, and mop-up operations south down Chicken Ladder Road, then west over to Hwy 96. Ground and air patrols continue on the east and west sides of the fire. Crews continue to mop-up, secure, and mitigate hazards along the 10 Bear, Camp 3, and Black Mountain Roads. Helicopter bucket operations continue in Wooley Creek and Steinacher Ridge to reduce fire spread potential towards Somes Bar, Oak Bottom, and the Salmon River corridor. Structure protection groups resume assessments, mitigations, and patrols in the communities.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: Moderate fire activity with backing, flanking and torching. Southwest winds will generally be favorable to limit fire spread toward most values. Most fire activity of concern will be in lower Wooley Creek, Steinacher Ridge, and upper Wooley Creek. No significant perimeter growth expected.
24 hours: Moderating weather will start to impact the fire area. Moderate fire activity continues in upper and lower Wooley Creek and Steinacher Ridge. Interior pockets will continue to burn out. No significant perimeter growth expected.
48 hours: Moderate to minimal fire activity expected as cooler, wetter weather moves over the fire area. Smoldering and creeping is expected in Wooley Creek, Steinacher Ridge and interior pockets. No significant fire growth expected.
72 hours: Minimal fire activity expected with cloud cover and precipitation moderating fire behavior. No significant perimeter growth expected.
Anticipated after 72 hours: Minimal fire activity expected. Start of warming and drying trend. No significant perimeter growth expected.
The Little Marble Fire (CA-KNF-007809) is also being managed by AK IMT 1. The Little Marble Fire is 100% contained at 14 acres. It is being monitored by air.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Current weather: Skies were mostly sunny this afternoon, with high temperatures climbing into the low 90s across the lower slopes and into the low 80s at the upper slopes and ridges. Minimum relative humidity values ranged from the upper teens to mid 20 percent range. The winds were out of the southwest with a few gusts to 20 mph.

Predicted weather: High pressure ridging will begin to weaken over the region on Sunday, as a strong cold front approaches the Pacific Northwest. Breezy southwest winds will be possible ahead of the front, with gusts from 20 - 25 mph possible. Temperatures will be a little cooler on Sunday, along with relative humidity values in the low to mid 20 percent range. The cold front will move across the fire Sunday night and with increased moisture, occasional light rain is likely Sunday night through Monday night, along with much cooler temperatures. Light rain showers will continue to be possible early on Tuesday along with the cool temperatures.

Incident Contact

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