Happy Camp fires prompt mandatory evacuation notice

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Retardant drop over the Happy Camp Complex of fires in Siskiyou County.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is issuing a Mandatory Evacuation Notice to the residents of Scott Bar between Hwy 96 and Bridge Flat.

The order also affects Hwy 96 from Scott River Rd. to Grider Creek on the south side of the road, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.

Sheriff’s Deputies and the United States Forest Service are going door to door to notify residents that they must evacuate the area.

The Sheriff’s Department says it will patrol 24 hours in the evacuated areas.

“At this time we do not know how long the evacuations will last, as soon as it is safe for residents to return to their homes notices will be given,” according to the release.

A shelter has been established in Winema Hall at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds in Yreka. Domestic pets will be allowed at the shelter.

Anyone in need of assistance with livestock can contact Sheriff’s Dispatch at 841-2900.

For more information contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department at (530) 841-2900. Fire information is available online at:

More than 1,700 personnel were involved in fighting the Happy Camp Complex of fires as of Thursday morning, Aug. 28.

The Frying Pan Fire, the largest fire in the complex, grew more than 2,000 acres Wednesday to 26,679 acres. The entire complex had grown to 32,239 acres.

Lightning started 17 fires on the Happy Camp Complex Aug. 11. All but three were 100 percent contained as of Thursday morning. Overall, the complex was reported at 20 percent contained Thursday with an estimated containment date of Sept. 8.

Fifty-four crews, eight helicopters, 86 engines, 15 dozers and 21 water tenders were working on the complex.

Dense stands of mixed conifer are the dominant fuel source.

A Clean Air Respite Center is available at the Karuk Tribe Senior Nutrition Center in Happy Camp (64101 Second Avenue). The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and will remain open longer if needed due to smoky conditions.

An Evacuation Advisory, issued Aug. 13 continues for residents of Happy Camp along China Grade Road from Elk Creek Bridge to Frying Pan Creek. China Grade Road is open to residents only.