Several fires are burning in Siskiyou and Modoc counties as of Sunday, July 30, 2017.
The following information about the fires is from the InciWeb Incident Information System at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov
• The Orleans Complex includes seven fires burning in Siskiyou County on the Orleans/Yukonom Ranger District of the Six Rivers National Forest, both east and west of the Klamath River, approximately 20 miles north of Orleans.
The fires were started by lightning Tuesday, July 25, at approximately 9 p.m. As of Saturday evening, July 29, the fires had burned 894 acres and 430 personnel were involved. The estimated containment date is Wednesday, Aug. 9.
• Fires in the Modoc July Complex, also caused by lightning, have burned 39,623 acres and were reported at 40 percent contained as of Sunday.
Mostly located on Devil’s Garden and Warner Mountain Ranger Districts, more than 1,400 personnel are involved in the firefighting effort.
• The Modoc National Forest reported Monday, July 31, that firefighters “continue to make good progress on the Warner Mountain fires. Record-breaking temperatures are expected to hit the area Tuesday through Thursday with slight chances for new thunderstorms. A greater threat of thunderstorms is predicted for Thursday onward.”
There was no reported growth of any of the remaining active Warner Mountain fires, “but some smoke may still be visible because they contain heavy fuels that are more difficult to extinguish. All fire activity is well within containment lines in the Warner Mountains.”
The Cantrall Fire, located west of Cherry Creek, “has held at 230 acres and is 70 percent contained. The West Fire near Blue Lake is still at 64 acres and is now 90 percent contained. The Jim Fire is 13 acres and 40 percent contained.”
Public Use Restrictions remain in effect on the Modoc National Forest. The official Forest Order and supporting fire-safety PUR documents will be found on the internet at: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/modoc/alerts-notices.
• The Marble Fire that started July 19 on the Orleans Ranger District in Siskiyou County was declared 100 percent contained as of Saturday after burning 319 acres.
• The Island Fire, 14 miles west of Etna, has been burning deep in the Marble Mountain Wilderness on the Klamath National Forest since it was ignited by lightning on June 25.
The fire, according to information posted at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5304/, “is being suppressed under an alternative suppression approach to clean up hazardous fuels from a area that hasn't burned in a long time. There is no recorded large fire history for this portion of the Wilderness, although it is surrounded on the north, west and south by recent large fires.”
It is reported to be burning with low intensity and spreading at a rate of 20 to 50 acres per day. As of Sunday, it had burned 1,306 acres with an estimated containment date of Oct. 1.
The Forest Service says it is “closely monitoring the impacts of smoke to the public. This is being done in conjunction with the Siskiyou County Air Pollution Control District, the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District, and the California Air Resources Board. While the Island fire has resulted in light smoke production, new fires in the area will result in increased smoke and haze in the Salmon River Canyon. With light and variable winds forecast, Etna, Fort Jones, and Quartz Valley may continue to have moderate smoke in the late afternoon thru mid-morning. Monitors are now deployed in Yreka, Callahan, Etna, Sawyers Bar, Fort Jones, Quartz Valley, and Happy Camp.”
• A lightning storm early in the morning of July 25 left fires on the Happy Camp Oak/Knoll Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest. Five of those have been combined as the Clear Fire, located in a steep heavily forested area along the south fork of Clear Creek, seven miles southwest of Happy Camp.
As of Sunday, July 30, the fire had burned 1,900 acres and was 10 percent contained with 439 personnel involved. Expected containment is listed as Sept. 1.