Salmon Complex now 16 percent contained

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A large plume of smoke can be seen rising from the Salmon Complex of fires, burning in southwest Siskiyou County near Forks of Salmon and Sawyer’s Bar.  Photos contributed by the US Forest Service

The Salmon River fire complex burning in southwest Siskiyou County near the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area has grown to more than 6,500 acres and was 16 percent contained as of 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, Aug. 6.

The US Forest Service has no estimated containment date and the cost to fight the blaze so far is $4.2 million, according to a news release from the Klamath National Forest.

The complex is made of three fires, including the Butler, Boulder and Shelly fires, according to the KNF.

A portion of Sawyer’s Bar Road is under a soft closure, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department, meaning that area residents, public safety vehicles and those providing essential services are the only vehicles that will be permitted in the area.

A portion of the Klamath National Forest near the fire area is also closed to public entry, the KNF reported.

Fifty structures are threatened by the fires, which are thought to have been human caused and were sparked on Wednesday, July 31. More than 1,000 fire personnel are working to contain and extinguish the blaze.

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 which 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.

To prevent similar wildfires, the Forest Service urges forest visitors to be careful with anything that can cause a spark and start a wildfire. Shorten towing safety chains to be sure they do not drag on the roadway. Check tire pressure, wheel bearings, break and make sure no metal parts are dragging underneath the vehicle. Carry a small fire extinguisher in case an accident starts a fire.

More fire safety information is available at

Report all fires or any suspicious activity by calling 911.