Fires growing on Klamath National Forest

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A map of fires burning as of late Friday morning, Aug. 1, on the Klamath National Forest.

CAL FIRE reported Friday that most of the major wildfires started by lightning July 30 on the Klamath National Forest had grown in size.

As of late Friday morning, the Beaver Fire, located north of the Oak Knoll Work Station on Highway 96, was estimated at 600 acres in size.

Whites Fire, located northeast of Eddy Gulch Lookout, was estimated at 1,300 acres.

Log Fire, west of Fort Jones, in the Shackleford Creek and Mill Creek drainages, was estimated at 317 acres.

A newer fire called the Little Deer Fire, estimated at 200 to 300 acres, is located southwest of Macdoel on the Goosenest Ranger District.

Smaller lightning fire starts were either contained, controlled or in monitoring status, according to a CAL FIRE news release.

The Leef Fire was holding at about 15 acres. 

CAL FIRE reports that a Type 1 Incident Management Team was scheduled to arrive Friday afternoon to help with the July Complex, which includes the Whites, Log and Leef Fires. 

A Type 2 team was also scheduled to arrive to help with the Beaver Fire.

A unified command between the Klamath National Forest and CAL FIRE has been implemented to deal with the Log Fire. Air and ground resources were also scheduled to be arriving.

CAL FIRE was also dealing with 25 fires ranging from a single snag to five acres, the largest being 16 areas located near Dome Mountain. All of these fires were contained and being staffed or in patrol status, according to the release. 

CAL FIRE reports that it has gone into Unified Command with Oregon Department of Forestry on the Oregon Gulch fire. Thursday night around 10 p.m. the Oregon Gulch fire crossed over the California-Oregon line into California. As of late Friday afternoon, the Oregon Gulch had burned 1,000 acres in California. CAL FIRE said it had six dozers and 10 engines on the California side suppressing the fire.

“Fire staff continue to monitor the landscape for any additional fires that may show today as a result of predicted lightning,” according to the release. “Forest visitors are urged to be careful with anything that can cause a spark and start a wildfire. Simple actions may prevent costly fires: Shorten towing safety chains to be sure they do not drag on the roadway; check tire pressure, wheel bearings, breaks, and make sure no metal parts are dragging underneath the vehicle. Carry a small fire extinguisher in case an accident starts a fire start.

To find out more about what you can do to prevent human caused, unwanted wildfires, please go to www.preventwildfireca.org.

To get fire updates, go to: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/5/