The Six Rivers National Forest has received approximately 150 lightning strikes across the forest since Tuesday evening, resulting in multiple fires across the forest.
Just south of the Oregon border, the Diamond, Holiday, Kelly, and Prescott Fires along with other smaller fires in the area have all been grouped together into the Smith River Complex. The Holiday Fire is reported to be 500 acres, the Diamond Fire 30 acres, the Kelly Fire 200 acres, and the Prescott Fire approximately 193 acres. Combined these incidents total 923 acres. These numbers will fluctuate as more information is acquired.
This Smith River Complex remains under a full suppression strategy with rapid and aggressive initial attack operations. Air attack is being used to perform reconnaissance throughout the forest and additional resources have been ordered to support the incident.
California Interagency Incident Management Team 15 will be in briefing at 1700 on August 16th, 2023, and will be taking over the incident at 0700 on August 17th, 2023.
There is a current mandatory evacuation order in place for Little Jones Creek Rd (FS 17N08). If you are in this area please leave now and if you are aware of others in this area please let them know. OES has sent an Everbridge notification to those registered for notifications in this area (Del Norte Office of Emergency Services).
A road closure along US Route 199 will be in place as of 1400 on August 16th, 2023 due to increasing fire behavior near the highway (CHP - Crescent City).
Due to fire activity as well as proximity, Grassy and Patrick's Creek Campgrounds are now closed.
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