FIRE

Happy Camp wildfires burning in tough terrain

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Wildfire burning near Happy Camp, Calif.

A series of wildfires ignited by lightning Aug. 11 in the Happy Camp area had grown to 2,800 acres and was only 10 percent contained as of Saturday morning, Aug. 16.

“Critically dry fuels, lower humidity and steep inaccessible terrain increase the potential for spread,” according to information posted Saturday morning at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4078/.

A public meeting was held last night in Happy Camp to discuss the situation. The most recent estimate for full containment is Aug. 27.

The goal for the 752 personnel working the fire Saturday was to “improve control lines, going direct where possible. Defend structures, property, community infrastructure, natural and cultural resources.”

Concerns, according to the inciweb update, include the effect smoke will have on aviation, “but unstable conditions should allow flight operations in the early afternoon.”

An evacuation advisory was issued Aug. 13 by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office for residents of Happy Camp, including all residents along China grade Road from Elk Creek Road to Frying Pan Creek. “Residents should be prepared to evacuate should fire conditions worsen,” the advisory states.

The most recent closure orders for the area can be found at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4078/23773/