Threat to power stations monitored in Siskiyou County

Amanda Hinds Doyle and GateHouse News Service
The closure on Highway 97 Sunday morning north of Weed. Periods of closure and one way traffic with CHP escort are expected to continue for 3 to 4 more days.

Facilities that supply Siskiyou County with power are under threat due to fire, according to CAL FIRE. Power houses one and two at Copco Lake have been placed under precautionary monitoring, according to Jeff LaRusso, an information officer for CAL FIRE.

“It doesn’t mean it’s in imminent threat,” he said.

The Oregon Gulch Fire that threatens the power facility has burned 36,568 acres in Oregon and California, with 9,464 in California. It is 20 percent contained.

As of Monday evening the July Complex fires had burned 6,897 acres and were still considered zero percent contained, according to Klamath National Forest representatives.

More than $1 million has been spent on the fire with a crew on 549 people. There are currently 19 crews, 25 engines, six dozers, and four helicopters working the fire.

Crews continue to use the Shackelford Trail and Shackelford Road They are constructing fire line in the Mill Creek drainage to contain the Log Fire’s spread.

Dozers are continuing to work on the contingency line farther east to increase the probability of successfully protecting private property and private timber, said KNF.

Concern over potential growth is keeping the Quartz Valley and Mugginsville under an evacuation advisory.

Personnel are also worried about a storm heading up from the southeast. It has the potential to bring more lighting and increased wind, said Hadley.

Scouting for fireline sites around Whites Fire is in progress, as crews continue to try and protect the historic mining district.

An additional fire, the Ray Fire, began on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest but has burned into the Klamath National Forest. It has been contained at 30 acres.

The Little Deer Fire, in the Goosenest Ranger District, northeast of Grass Lake and close to Highway 97, had burned 5,279 acres and was now 54 percent contained as of Monday evening’s report in the inciweb site.

There are 13 crews, 20 engines, nine dozers, one helicopter and 14 water tenders working the fire.

Highway 97 remained closed from from 12 miles north of Weed to 2 miles south of Mt Hebron and is expected to be subject to periodic closures and/or one way CHP escorted traffic for the next 3 to 4 days.

A Red Flag Warning for thunderstorms, erratic winds and lightning remains in effect until early Tuesday morning, and a Fire Weather Watch is in effect for additional thunderstorm activity from late Tuesday morning until 11 p.m.

Moisture and unstable air is expected to cover the Little Deer Fire area through Tuesday.

The Coffee Fire in the Trinity Alps Wilderness southwest of Mount Shasta was listed at 4,487 acres as of Monday evening and 10 percent contained.

Firefighters continued work in the North and East Fork drainages of Coffee Creek Monday. Near the end of the day, according to a news release, “a small spot fire developed east of the East Fork drainage and was quickly extinguished with the use of a helicopter and a hot shot crew.”

The report said work is progressing on the southern end of the Coffee Fire in preparation for a burning operation that will bring the fire up to trails and roads “that will effectively hold any further growth.”

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