Lightning ignites four small fires in Klamath National Forest

Bill Choy
Siskiyou Daily News
Klamath National Forest firefighters

Isolated thunderstorms ignited several lightning fires on Thursday and Friday in the Shasta-Trinity and Klamath national forests.

Firefighters responded to five fires in the Salmon-Scott River Ranger District, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Most are burning in difficult-to access areas of the forest.

The10-acre Island Fire — burning in the Boulder Creek drainage in the Marble Mountain Wilderness, is the largest fire. Firefighters are watching the fires progress from the air, the forest service said. The little blaze is spreading slowly, and heavy helicopter crews are working the fire with buckets while ground crews work to gain access to the area.

Here are other fires burning in forests:

  • Crews contained the quarter-acre Post Fire, burning in the Scott Bar area, constructing a fire line with air support. 
  • The Campbell Fire burned about a quarter acre of Marble Mountain wilderness near Campbell Lake. The forest service is using smokejumpers because the fire area is difficult to access. 
  • Lightning ignited a single tree, starting the Rush Fire in the Trinity Alps wilderness near Rush Lake. Firefighters from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest continued to fight the fire Friday.
  • Another tree fire ignited in the Snow Creek area, southeast of Jones Beach. Firefighters reported minimal ground was scorched.
  •  The .1-acre Snuse Fire located near Snow Creek south of Jones Beach was contained Thursday night.
  • Resources continue to work toward containment of the Campbell fire in the steep terrain of the Marble Mountain Wilderness. The Rush Fire, previously reported as a Klamath incident, has been staffed by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

There is a chance for additional lighting today and Saturday, the forest service said.