Salmon Complex in KNF has burned more than 5,000 acres

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The Salmon River fire complex of fires burning in southwest Siskiyou County has grown to more than 5,000 acres and is four percent contained as of Monday morning, Aug. 5.

The US Forest Service has no estimated containment date and the cost to fight the blaze so far is $1.8 million, according to a news release from the Klamath National Forest.

Fifty structures are threatened by the fire, which is thought to have been human caused and was sparked on Wednesday, July 31.

Approximately 70 local residents attended a community meeting in Sawyer’s Bar Sunday evening to learn more about the fire, how to protect their property and hear about road closures.

Smoky conditions caused by an inversion layer on Sunday limited the use of aircraft and the ability of fire managers to get an aerial view of the fires, according to the release. Infrared photography is being used to map fire perimeter and intensity.

Firefighters are continuing structure defense in Little North Fork and Sawyers Bar, though no evacuations have been ordered at this time.

A portion of the Klamath National Forest near the fire area is closed to public entry. Sawyer’s Bar Road is closed to public traffic from Etna Summit to the Forks of the Salmon. Residents, with proof of residency, will be allowed through the closure the release states.

Residents may encounter one-way traffic control within the closure area. The Salmon River Road is closed west of the Siskiyou County Road yard, the Forest Service reported.