Some firefighting progress made, Red Flag Warning issued

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Smoke from northern California wildfires obscured the morning sunrise in Mount Shasta Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.

With fires burning in and around Siskiyou County, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning from 11 a.m. Monday to 2 a.m. Tuesday for abundant lightning with dry fuels.

A community meeting is being planned for Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the Macdoel Fire Hall, 12330 Old State Highway to provide the public with information about the Little Deer Fire.

Highway 97 was closed because of fire operations on the Little Deer Fire from 12 miles north of Weed to 2 miles south of Mt. Hebron.

As of Sunday evening, the Little Deer Fire, located northeast of Grass Lake near Little Deer Mountain and 10 miles south of Tennant, had grown to 4,000 acres and was 21 percent contained as of Sunday evening.

The fire was threatening private timberlands and the Union Pacific Railroad, but no structures were reported as threatened as of Sunday evening.

For more fire information on the Little Deer Fire and other fires go to:

July Complex

CAL FIRE and the US Forest Service are working together under a unified command structure on the July Complex of fires in the Klamath National Forest.

Despite the 549 personnel working in 19 crews, 25 engines, six dozers and four helicopters, the July Complex was reported as being zero percent contained as of Sunday night.

The fires are located on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll, Salmon/Scott Ranger District and Goosenest Ranger Districts.

A community meetings is scheduled for Monday evening at 7 p.m. in Sawyers Bar at the Salmon River Restoration Council building to discuss the situation.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office issued an Evacuation Advisory for residents of Quartz Valley and Muggensville. The notice is for all residents along Quartz Valley Road between Scott River Road and Oro Fino Road.

See the complete advisory and updates on the July Complex, which includes the Whites, Log and Leef fires at:

A persistent atmospheric inversion and shade from smoke moderated fire behavior Sunday, according to a news release.

Coffee Fire

A pack train was used to help support suppression efforts on the Coffee Fire in the Trinity Alps Wilderness on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest southwest of Mount Shasta.

The fire had burned nearly 4,500 acres as of Monday morning and was just 5 percent contained.

No evacuations were being planned, but trail closures were pending.

The public is advised not to travel the Forest Service access roads 38N22 and 38N27 to the Stoddard Lake Trailhead off of County Route 3, and it is recommended that the public avoid the East Fork Coffee Creek, Granite Creek, Doe Lake, Stoddard Lake and the North Fork Coffee Creek Trail Systems.

Beaver Fire

The Beaver Fire, off of the Beaver Creek Road, north of Highway 96 near the Klamath River, was reported to have grown to 10,500 acres as of Monday morning.

An evacuation advisory has been issued for residents along Highway 96 in the town of Klamath River and on Beaver Creek Road.

Hwy 96 remained open to local residents only near the fire area; however, Hwy 96 may be closed at any time to provide for public and firefighter safety.

Oregon Gulch Fire

Fire personnel made excellent progress on the Oregon Gulch Fire Sunday, according to a news release. Fire spread was minimal, and line construction was started on the northeast side of the fire, with firefighters working their way from the Jackson/Klamath County line towards the Oregon-California border.

The fire began 15 miles east of Ashland, Ore. July 30 and spread into northern California. It had burned more than 36,500 acres as of Sunday evening, 9,464 of those in California.

A total of 1280 Oregon and California personnel were working the fire as of Sunday evening and it was 20 percent contained.

Two hundred-seventh homes and 50 outbuildings were reported to be threatened, and six homes destroyed.

Mandatory evacuations are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center was established and remains open at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka.

Lassen National Forest

Other large northern California fires include the Eiler ( and Bald ( on the Lassen National Forest.