Wildfire Incident Information
0% contained
Fire Status
Last Updated
5 months ago
Fire Start
Wednesday, August 16, 2023 3:27 AM PDT
Incident #
Dispatch Notes
Primary Fire Agency

National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 10 months ago

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A series of thunderstorms moved across the Klamath National Forest the night of Monday, August 14, 2023, bringing abundant lightning and igniting roughly 20 fires over the western side of the forest. Only scattered precipitation was received with these storms.

The most active of the resulting fires was the Head Fire, burning at the confluence of the Klamath and Scott rivers. The fire was fanned by strong winds from thunderstorms that developed in the area and burned actively throughout Tuesday afternoon, growing to 3,500 acres by nightfall. 

Several of the fires are being managed together as the Happy Camp Complex. The Type-1 California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 was assigned to the complex and took over management as of 6:00 am on Thursday, August 17, 2023.

Evacuation orders and warnings are in place. For the most up-to-date information on evacuations use the evacuation map at https://protect.genasys.com/search

The Scott River Road and Highway 96 have closures in place. Road conditions information is available from CalTrans at https://roads.dot.ca.gov/

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed between Etna Summit and the Oregon Border.


Basic Incident Details

Last Updated
Thu, Aug 17, 2023 9:36 PM UTC
Incident Type
Fire Discovered
Tue, Aug 15, 2023 6:00 AM UTC
Klamath National Forest
Incident Commander
California Interagency Incident Management Team 5, Dustin Mueller
41.777839833333, -123.03606983333

Current Situation

3,500 Acres