Wildfires grow in Shasta-Trinity and Rogue-Siskiyou national forests

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Photo of smoke from the Buckskin Fire in the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest.

The lightning-caused Saddle Fire, ignited Tuesday, June 9, had grown to 1,480 acres and was at 20 percent containment Sunday morning, June 14, according to inciweb.nwcg.gov.

The wildfire is burning on the South Fork Management Unit northwest of Hyampom and west of Lower South Fork Road in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

The Buckskin Fire, which began on Thursday, June 11 and is also lightning-caused, had grown to an estimated 1,400 acres as of Sunday morning.

This wildfire is burning on the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest 10 miles southwest of Cave Junction in an area previously burned by the 2002 Biscuit Fire.

Saddle Fire

Mandatory evacuations issued by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday evening are still in place along County Road 311, also known as the Lower South Fork Road, north of Big Slide Campground to Manzanita Ranch.

Residents of Hyampom remain under an advisory evacuation.

The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at the Hayfork High School.

No health advisories have been issued, according to the website.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team, Northern California Team 2, assumed management of the Saddle Fire as of 6 a.m. Friday.

A total of 866 personnel were working the fire as of Sunday.

Much of the fire is in the burn footprint from the 2004 Sims Fire, making a heavy component of dead and downed vegetation a safety concern, the website states.

Steep terrain with high potential for rolling material and ongoing drought are posing additional challenges.

For more information about the Saddle Fire go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4278/.

Buckskin Fire

Local forest officials are working with Team 3 to develop an area closure around the Buckskin Fire for public safety.

The public is urged to drive cautiously on Highway 199 and nearby areas due to the increase of fire traffic.

Towns in the Illinois and Rogue Valleys may be impacted by smoke to due to a forecasted shift in wind direction. Current information is available at http://OregonSmoke.BlogSpot.com.

Temporary Flight Restrictions are in place over the Buckskin Fire. Pilots are urged to check the NOTAMs for current information.

Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3 assumed command of the Buckskin Fire at 6 a.m on Saturday, June 13.

The Incident Command Post is located at Lake Selmac County Campground and is closed to non-fire activity.

A total of 218 personnel were working the fire as of Sunday.

The fire continued to grow southward on Saturday due to sustained, gusty 40 mph winds in combination with low relative humidity.

Three spot fires were identified to the south/southwest in front of the main body of the fire.

A red flag warning is in effect for the fire area through Sunday afternoon. Continued low relative humidity and high winds may contribute to rapid fire growth, the website states.

For more information about the Saddle Fire go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/.