Fire complex in northern Siskiyou County just one percent contained

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Lightning-caused fires burning on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll, Salmon/Scott, and Goosenest Ranger Districts in northern Siskiyou County are being managed as the July Complex.

The Leef, Whites and Log fires started July 29 and were reported at 2,867 acres and just one percent contained as of Saturday morning, Aug. 2.  

The Klamath National Forest reported 271 personnel working the complex in 11 crews, using 11 engines, 3 dozers, a water tender and 4 helicopters.

A community meeting is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. at Etna High School.  A second community meeting is being planned for the Quartz Valley area on Sunday.

The following information was provided in a Saturday morning news release from the Klamath National Forest:

Today’s Actions: Firefighters have completed line around 90 percent of the Leef Fire and will continue to improve and hold the fire lines on the Leef fire. Crews will continue to attempt to establish fire line on the southern portion of the Log fire. Crews will also scout for line construction locations on the Whites fire. Defense of private property and private timber lands is a high priority on the Log fire.

Fire Behavior: The Whites and Log fires were actively burning downhill all night. The fuels in the area are near record level dryness due to the ongoing drought. The fires will be more active in the mornings and evenings than normal. Fire behavior is predicted to be more active than normal for this time of year making construction of direct fire line very difficult.

Air Quality: For information on smoke conditions and health effects, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District, the national Interagency Real-Time Smoke Monitoring network: or the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District:

For smoke protection information go to:

Closure Orders: The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Carter Meadows north to Etna Summit. The Shackleford Trail is in close proximity to the Log Fire, burning in the Shackleford Creek drainage west of Fort Jones, CA. The Shackleford Road 43N21 is closed from mile marker 1 to the Shackleford Trailhead. Shackleford Trail, Forest Trail 5542 is closed from trailhead at 43N21 to the junction of Black Meadows Trail, Forest Trail 5549. For full closure orders see:

July Complex evacuations:  None at this time. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Services are working with fire managers to assure close communication and coordination if evacuations should be needed in the future.

July Complex updates are being posted at:

Contact the July Complex at (530) 628-3473 for more information.