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Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Red Salmon Complex
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: SRF
  • Size (acres): 1,876
  • Percent Contained: 0%
  • Estimate of Containment: August 28, 2020
  • Personnel: 572
  • Structures Destroyed: 0

Red Salmon Complex (2 fires), Six Rivers NF, USFS. IMT2 (CA Team 14). Fourteen miles northeast of Willow Creek, CA. Timber, chaparral and short grass. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and flanking. Area closures in effect.

August 2, 2020 at 8:15 PM

The Red Salmon Complex burning in the Six Rivers and Shasta Trinity national forest is 1,876 acres and 0% contained. Fire behavior on the Red Fire has been backing in all directions at a moderate rate of spread. Today, crews focused on reinforcing and building control lines on both fires utilizing minimum impact suppression tactics in the wilderness. Smoke settling over both fires limited air support operations throughout the day. An air quality monitoring specialist will continue to provide daily smoke forecasts and air quality information for the surrounding communities.

The Red Fire is 1,251 acres and 0% contained. Crews made access onto the Lubb Trail continuing line reinforcement as well as firing operations to strengthen the control line while progressing west toward the 10N01 forest road. Line reinforcement was completed on the10N01 road up to Salmon Summit Ridge. Firefighters continued indirect line southeast down to Indian Rocks along Salmon Summit Ridge

August 1, 2020 at 8:09 PM

The Red Fire grew as it backed downslope to the west toward the Middle Fork of Red Cap Creek and pushing to the north towards the 10N01 Road at Salmon Summit. Crews are preparing the 10N01 Forest Road system towards Lubbs Trail as a control line and are continuing to strengthen and improve old control lines on the Salmon Summit Ridgeline to the south toward Whiteys Peak and progressing to Salmon Mountain. Firefighters continued scouting operations looking for opportunities to place control lines from Black Mountain to the south toward Pack Saddle Ridge.

The Salmon Fire continued to burn at primarily low intensity in ground fuels with some short range spotting in an old burn scar near the Salmon Summit Ridge but did not cross any control lines. Firefighters worked to improve and strengthen control line along Salmon Summit ridge to the south and southeast toward Rock Lake and Megram Ridge.

August 1, 2020 at 9:49 AM

The Red Salmon Complex continues to burn in the Six Rivers and Shasta Trinity National Forests. The Complex is currently at 1,060 acres and 0% contained. Additional firefighters and resources continue to arrive to assist with suppressing both the Red and Salmon Fires. Helicopter operations continue to assist ground crews in fire attack operations.

The Red Fire continues to grow in size by backing downslope to the west towards the Middle Fork of Red Cap Creek and expanding to the north towards the 10N01 Road at Salmon Summit. Crews are working along the 10N01 Road system towards the Lubbs Trail. They are preparing this road as a control line as the fire moves in this direction. Firefighters continue to scout for opportunities to place control lines from the Black Mountain area to the South towards Pack Saddle Ridge. Crews continue to strengthen and improve old control lines on the Salmon Summit Ridgeline to the South towards Whiteys Peak and progressing to Salmon Mountain.

The Salmon Fire continues to burn at primarily low intensity with some short range spotting near the Salmon Summit Ridge. Firefighters has been improving control lines along this ridgeline and have been able to contain the spot fires and hold the fire at the ridge. Crews are working to prepare and strengthen control lines along the Salmon Summit ridgeline to the Southeast towards Rock Lake.

A high pressure system is moving into the area which is predicted to create an inversion. This predicted weather will supply dry air conditions with poor humidity recovery as well as the possibility of smoke laying down over the fire area.

July 31, 2020 at 9:25 AM

The Red Salmon Complex continues to burn in remote wilderness areas of the Six Rivers and Shasta Trinity National Forests. This Complex includes both the Salmon Fire and the Red Fire which currently are a combined total of 1,060 acres and 0% containment.

Firefighters are using a full suppression strategy and utilizing indirect fire attack methods to gain control of both fires. A combination of both ground crews and air resources are being used due to the rugged terrain and challenging access. Multiple helicopters with water bucket drops are supporting ground operations. A helibase is now operational in Willow Creek to provide helicopters with a quicker response to the fire areas.

The Red Fire is currently 516 acres. Firefighters are currently working from Salmon Summit to the south along the ridgelines to open up previous fire containment lines. Crews continue to look for control line opportunities on the west side of the fire.

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The Salmon Fire is currently 544 acres. Fire crews continue to strengthen and improve the ridgeline from Salmon Mountain to Megram Ridge using previous fire control lines and previous fire scars. The fire has reached the ridge in this location and firefighters are actively holding the fire. Crews are looking for opportunities and locations to secure the southern end of the fire back to Back Done Ridge.

California Interagency Incident Management Team 14 is working actively to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through various control measures. Firefighters are screened every morning with a temperature check and health screening. Firefighters are also practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing, and wearing face coverings throughout camp and as appropriate during operations.

July 30, 2020 at 8:26 PM

Beginning tomorrow, July 31, 2020, the Big Rock River Access will be closed in the interest of public safety due to the River Access Point being used for water bucket operations by helicopters aiding in the fire suppression efforts on the Red Salmon Complex.

July 30, 2020 at 9:55 AM

California Interagency Incident Management Team 14 assumed command of the Red Salmon Complex yesterday at 6:00 p.m. This Complex includes both the Salmon Fire and the Red Fire, which were both lightning caused. The Red Salmon Complex is currently a total of 670 acres and 0% containment.

Both fires are actively burning in rugged and remote portions of the wilderness making access for firefighters difficult. A variety of helicopters will be assisting ground crews in actively working to suppress the fires.

The Salmon Fire was reported on July 27, 2020 and is located at the top of the Eightmile Creek drainage near Salmon Mountain in the Trinity Alps Wilderness portion of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The Salmon Fire is currently at 475 acres.

The Red Fire is located in the Red Cap drainage about a mile west of the Salmon Summit Trailhead and about a mile east of Black Mountain on the Six Rivers National Forest. The Red Fire is currently 195 acres.