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Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Antelope, Klamath NF
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: KNF
  • Size (acres): 145,632
  • Percent Contained: 95%
  • Estimate of Containment: October 7, 2021
  • Personnel: 244
  • Structures Destroyed: 18

Antelope, Klamath NF, USFS. Twenty miles northeast of McCloud, CA. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and backing. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect. Precipitation occurred over the fire area yesterday.

September 30, 2021 at 8:36 AM

From the Forest: Today is the last planned written update for the Antelope Fire, unless conditions warrant additional updates.

Smoke activity over the fire was minimal yesterday, due to the rain received earlier in the week. A couple areas of heat were worked in the Tamarack and Fish Dip areas. With no rain in the forecast, the fire is anticipated to show additional areas of smoldering on the fire. This will happen particularly with fine fuels, such as needle cast collected in stump holes.  

Firefighters will continue to patrol the entire fire perimeter, making sure that there are no threats to the current containment lines. Fire managers will also fly the fire area, looking for any areas of concern. Hazard tree removal and fireline suppression repair will continue. This work is being done to mitigate hazards to the public and to mitigate damages done during firefighting efforts.  

While the entire fire area (and portions of area forests) are closed, public may encounter firefighting vehicles on area roads. Please use caution when driving on open roads in the area. Firefighting equipment is large and heavy, and requires longer stopping distances. Allow extra space for these vehicles and use care when driving.  

Weather: The Antelope Fire will be in a drying trend as no precipitation is expected over the fire area through next Tuesday. Winds will be light today and tomorrow, increasing a bit in the afternoon. Mornings will continue to be cool and afternoons will average about five degrees above normal.  

Closures and Restrictions: The entire fire area is closed as well as portions of area forests. Information on (and maps of) the closures and restrictions can be found at Klamath National Forest – Alerts & Notices (usda.gov), Modoc National Forest – Alerts & Notices, and Shasta-Trinity National Forest – Alerts & Notices as well as the Antelope Fire Inciweb.

September 28, 2021 at 10:32 AM

Before yesterday’s rains, smokes were visible within the fire perimeter. Around the Tennant and Tamarck area, the fire continued to smolder and creep along the ground. Also, where dozers have pushed materials, those piles also continue to show smoke. While Monday’s rains greatly moderated fire behavior and activity, fire activity is expected to increase starting mid-week as fuels dry out.

Firefighters continue to work on fireline suppression repair on the fire, as well as patrolling and mopping-up all areas of fire line. Additional resources continue to be brought in to work on the repair activities. Fire managers continually assess needs and move resources around the fire perimeter as work is completed.

The public is urged to continue to use caution when driving on area roads. While the fire area (and portions of area forests) are closed to the public, they may encounter firefighting vehicles on area roads. These vehicles are heavy and have much longer stopping distances, especially after yesterday’s rains. Allow extra space for these vehicles, and use care when driving.

Weather: Monday evening’s weather brought cooler temperatures ahead of the 0.50” of rain that fell over the fire area. A cold airmass followed the rain and brought trace amounts of snow. Tuesday’s weather will be cool, with the high around 50 degrees. As the precipitation moves out of the fire area today, humidities will start to trend downward. Warmer and drier weather will return Wednesday and remain through the weekend.

September 24, 2021 at 10:05 AM

Closure orders for the public remain in place due to uncontained fire and other safety hazards in the fire area. Yesterday, smoke continued to rise from the consumption of unburnt fuels in the Tamarack and West Haight Mountain areas. Similarly, there were increasing areas of smoke along Forest Roads 77 and 15. An increasing amount of needle cast is present throughout the fire area. This unburnt fuel is a concern with the critical fire weather coming tomorrow leading to continued drying of fuels.

Firefighters will continue to monitor containment lines with an emphasis around the Tamarack area, West Haight Mountain, and Forest Roads 77 and 15. Crews will seek out any areas where smoldering stump holes and islands could lead to the consumption of unburnt fuels. Hazard tree work continues around the Cold Spring area and Forest Road 6 SW of Tennant. More resources are being ordered to expand this work to the 49 road. Additionally, soil stabilization work continues on the eastern portion of the fire and is near 25% completion. Crews will continue to stabilize soils in anticipation of winter precipitation events.

September 23, 2021 at 1:01 PM

New closure orders are in effect for portions of the Klamath National Forest and Shasta-Trinity National Forest to ensure the safety of fire fighters and the public around the Antelope Fire.

Nevada Team 2 (Type 3 team) assumed command of the fire at 5 p.m. yesterday, September 22, 2021.

Operations: Yesterday at 5 p.m., Nevada Team 2 (Type 3 team) took over command of the Antelope Fire. Due to remaining uncontained fire area and weakened trees near roadways, new closures around the Antelope Fire were added to the Klamath National Forest and Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Yesterday on the fire, three hot spots were identified in the West Haight Mountain area. There were also several unburnt patches within the Tamarack are that slowly burned and put smoke into the air.

Today, firefighters will continue to monitor containment lines to find any hot areas. Additionally, an engine will be dispatched to monitor the hot spots in West Haight Mountain. Fire personnel will also continue to use heavy equipment to remove hazardous trees near the 77 Road, 6 Road, and Haight Mountain Loop Road. Several crews will continue their efforts to stabilize soils in the fire area to protect against run off from winter precipitation events. Lastly, a set of new resources has arrived on the incident and will travel around the fire to gain situational awareness of current conditions.

Weather and Fire Behavior: While the rain a few days ago moistened fuels, a series of warmer temperature and lower humidity days is causing them to dry out again. At this time, they remain wet enough that the fire should mostly creep and smolder around, but there is an opportunity for short-range spotting and group tree torching during peak burn periods. Conditions will continue to dry out for the next several days, leading to increased levels of fire behavior into the weekend. This includes the possibility of gusty winds on Friday leading to near-critical fire weather conditions.

September 22, 2021 at 8:59 AM

Near-critical fire weather is expected today, and crews continue to walk containment lines to ensure no heat escapes.

California Interagency Incident Management Team will transfer command of the Antelope Fire to Nevada Team 2 (Type 3 team) at 5 p.m. today, September 22, 2021.

Operations: While fire behavior has mitigated considerably over the last few days, the fire area is still not secure, and a closure remains in effect for the area around the Antelope Fire, including areas of the Klamath, Modoc, and Shasta-Trinity National Forests. Fire-weakened trees along roads and interior to the fire may fail, especially with predicted winds. In addition, firefighters and heavy equipment continue to work on roads on the fire perimeter and inside the fire to remove those trees, and to prepare for winter rains. For the safety of the crews and operators, the public is asked to please respect the closures in place.

Some heat was visible yesterday from the Tamarack Flat area where some large piles continue to smolder and creep. Crews are patrolling fire lines on foot and mopping up, extinguishing heat wherever they find it.

Weather and Fire Behavior: A dry cold front will move through the area today, leading to a wind shift from southwest to west/northwest. Winds will be gusty, peaking with the frontal passage at around midday. Thursday is expected to be partly cloudy after the system passes through, with good humidity recovery. Friday should see near-critical fire weather again, with warm, dry, gusty conditions expected across the fire area.

September 21, 2021 at 8:26 AM

Warmer, drier conditions will persist across the fire area today. Crews are watching carefully for areas of heat near containment lines.

California Team 10 will complete their 14-day tenure and the Antelope Fire will be transitioned to a Type 3 Team (Nevada Team 2) tomorrow, September 22, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Operations: Crews continue to search out and extinguish isolated heat sources, including smoldering mature logs, stump holes, and large piles of debris which could still be holding heat.

With winter rains approaching, crews are continuing soil stabilization efforts. Tools used to stabilize soils can include installing log barriers, straw wattles (which increase infiltration, add roughness, reduce erosion, and help retain eroded soil on the slope), sandbags, and straw bales that, when flaked, create check dams to mitigate soil erosion. They are also grading roads and repairing culverts that may have been damaged during the fire. Hazard tree removal continues as well.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Another cold morning will give way to warmer temperatures this afternoon with drying conditions resulting in low relative humidity. Winds will become southwest in the afternoon and continue overnight as a cold front approaches and moves through the area Wednesday. Winds could gust to 25 mph on exposed ridges. Warming is expected to resume Thursday and Friday.

September 19, 2021 at 8:49 AM

As of 7 p.m. last night, all remaining evacuation warnings from the Antelope Fire have been lifted.

A few lingering showers and gusty winds may persist over the fire area this morning, with some clearing and drying expected in the afternoon.

Operations:

Crews will be back out on the line today, continuing to search for smoldering material close to containment lines and extinguishing any remaining heat. Additional containment was achieved last night thanks to wetting rain and the continued diligent work of firefighters. Some heat remains in large piles in the Tamarack area, and crews will continue to mop that up. In Medicine Lake, crews are unwrapping structures and collecting excess equipment to be brought back into camp.

While yesterday’s rain greatly aided with containment, the fire is not out. Crews will continue to patrol and suppress any isolated heat sources that remain at least through a true season-ending event. Residents can expect to see smoke interior to containment lines for the foreseeable future as pockets of unburned vegetation continue to ignite and burn.

At this time, Lava Beds National Monument remains closed to visitors. A Forest Closure is in effect for the Antelope Fire area. Details on the closure can be found at Klamath National Forest – Alerts & Notices (usda.gov). In addition, fire restrictions are in effect for both the Klamath and Modoc National Forests. Links to the closures are listed below.

Weather and Fire Behavior:

Mostly cloudy conditions with some showers in the morning today will give way to partly cloudy skies by this afternoon. Winds will be lighter, and primarily blowing to the east. Tonight skies will clear, bringing areas of fog and likely below-freezing temperatures. The rest of the week will bring drier conditions with cold nights and warm days.

Smoke:

A Smoke Outlook for the Antelope Fire is available at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NECalifornia. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease should take precautionary measures.

Restrictions:

A closure for the Antelope Fire area remains in place. Information on (and a map of) the closure can be found at Klamath National Forest – Alerts & Notices (usda.gov).

September 17, 2021 at 7:55 AM

Firefighters will be keeping a close eye on lines that could be affected by today’s predicted strong southwest winds, especially on the north and northeastern sides of the fire. Under these windy, dry conditions, it’s likely that smoldering vegetation will become visible, and crews are poised to locate and extinguish any heat they find.

On the south/southwestern area of the fire, crews continue to remove hazard trees and conduct emergency soil stabilization operations ahead of the incoming weather. Residents in Tennant and surrounding areas should be aware that fire-weakened trees could fail in strong winds. Some heat remains in large landing piles near Tamarack, and crews have spent the last few days pulling those apart and making sure that fuels are either consumed or cold. They have also worked on contingency line near Three Sisters to protect private property if needed. Most of the “finger” of growth that occurred in last week’s wind event is now contained, but crews will patrol and mop up isolated junipers and large logs that continue to hold heat.

Hazard trees were removed in Lava Beds National Monument yesterday, and containment lines in the park are secure. Road clearing continues with heavy equipment along Forest Roads 49 and 77, and crews have completed a fuel break around structures in Medicine Lake.

Residents will likely see continued isolated smoke interior to containment lines for the foreseeable future, as unburned islands of vegetation within the fire perimeter ignites and burns.

Weather and Fire Behavior:

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the fire area between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. today. It will be mostly sunny today with increasing southwest winds in the afternoon gusting 20-30 mph in the late afternoon and evening. Relative humidity will be at critically low levels. While winds at lower elevations may decrease overnight, areas above 6000’ as well as some areas aligned southwest to northeast are likely to see wind increase after midnight. Peak winds are predicted for Saturday ahead of rain, which is expected to arrive in the area in the late afternoon or evening. Wetting rainfall between 0.20 inch and 0.70 inch is likely with temperatures predicted to be 20 degrees cooler.

Members of Griz One from Missoula, MT mop up areas of heat near Four Mile Hill.

September 16, 2021 at 7:45 AM

Fire activity continues to lessen every day, with most activity over the last few days observed in the Tamarack area. Crews are carefully working along the edge of the fire, making sure that no heat remains close to the over 100 total miles of fire perimeter, especially in light of predicted winds coming in Friday and Saturday. They are also working on contingency lines to help protect private property should any remaining undetected embers blow over lines. In the Medicine Lake area, heavy equipment continues to clear the heavy canopy-lined roadways, particularly along Forest Road 77 and Forest Roads 43N48 and 43N47 within the community.

Hazard tree crews continue working interior to containment lines in the south and southwestern area, snagging and removing trees that could fall in heavy winds or during winter rains. Emergency soil stabilization has also been ongoing to prevent erosion.

Residents will likely see continued isolated smoke interior to containment lines for the foreseeable future, as unburned islands of vegetation within the fire perimeter ignites and burns.

Weather and Fire Behavior: The weather today is expected to be relatively stable, with higher humidity, moderated temperatures, and light, variable wind. Winds are expected to increase Friday and Saturday, with southwest winds gusting to 25-35mph ahead of a cold front. Much colder conditions and a strong potential for up to .75 inch of rain are anticipated for Saturday night into Sunday morning. Monday should see a return to warm, dry conditions.

September 15, 2021 at 9:19 AM

Near-critical fire weather continues today for extremely dry vegetation, gusty winds, and warm temperatures.  Crews continue to prioritize suppression operations around structures and private property, including Medicine Lake and the Red Rock Valley/ Box Canyon areas.  

Operations: The fire showed more activity overnight as light winds continued into the evening. A large island of previously unburned vegetation in the Tamarack area ignited just before sunset, and crews worked overnight to suppress that and to make sure that no embers from that island threatened fire containment. An approximately 2 ½ acres spot fire observed outside the line west of Bonita Lake was successfully caught and mopped up yesterday afternoon, and crews stayed on that overnight to ensure that it was cold and out.   

Today, firefighters will prioritize protection of structures in Medicine Lake and in the Bonita Lake area. Crews in the Red Rock Valley/Bonita Lake area will continue constructing fireline directly along the fire’s active edge. There is still heat popping up close enough to the line to threaten containment, and crews are also carefully patrolling to identify and extinguish hot spots. For the past two days, increased fire activity has resulted in spots outside the line in these areas, and firefighters are using aerial and ground resources to help find and suppress these areas.  

Predicted winds could push the fire to the northeast this afternoon, and crews and dozers will continue primary line construction along Forest Road 77 and contingency lines along Forest Roads 43N48 and 43N47A to protect properties in Medicine Lake.  

In Lava Beds National Monument, little fire activity has been observed in several days, but crews continue to patrol the area. The park remains mostly closed to visitors, with the exception of the northernmost road which allows access to Captain Jack’s Stronghold and several other sites.  

Crews continue to keep eyes on the south/southwestern area of the fire. While only minimal heat has been detected, crews continue to keep eyes on containment lines and find and extinguish remaining hot spots, especially in the area of West Haight Mountain.  

Weather and Fire Behavior: Temperatures remained warmer overnight, resulting in dryer, warmer conditions to start the day. While smoke from fires to the west and southwest may inhibit temperatures (and visibility), a warm day and near-critical conditions are anticipated.   Winds today are expected to be variable and slightly stronger than yesterday, and could pose challenges to firefighters, as fuel moistures remain at historically low levels and any ember over the line is likely to ignite a spot fire. Winds are expected to come from the west/southwest through most of the day, switching to north/northwest in the evening.   A weak front will result in slightly moister, cooler, and more stable conditions Thursday, increasing Friday as a stronger cold front moves in from the southwest Friday and Saturday.  

Smoke: A Smoke Outlook for the Antelope Fire is available at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NECalifornia. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease should take precautionary measures.  

Restrictions: To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfires, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has issued a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect through September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD949139    

A temporary flight restriction is in effect over the Antelope Fire.  

Evacuations:  Siskiyou County There are currently evacuation warnings in Siskiyou County. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://www.211disasterupdate.com/2021-siskiyou-fires or facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff. Residents should stay alert for changes in evacuation status and sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.    

Modoc County There are currently no evacuation warnings or orders for Modoc County.

September 13, 2021 at 8:07 AM

The fire was slightly more active than previous nights as vegetation continues to dry out from last week’s rain. Crews are actively patrolling lines and extinguishing any remaining heat during night shift. Some heat was detected in dry fuels near Tamarack yesterday, and additional resources arrived late yesterday to help access and suppress that heat overnight. Activity increased in Lava Beds National Park overnight as well, as was expected with the drier conditions.  

The south/southwestern area of the fire remains relatively cold, with only isolated interior heat showing. Firefighters are continuing mop up as those heat sources are identified. Today, emergency soil stabilization and hazard tree removal will continue in that area. Crews will mop up the area around Tamarack today, assuring that no heat escapes containment lines. Line improvement continues on Forest Road 77 east of the Three Sisters area, and on the finger west of Sheepy Ridge. Good work by firefighters in the last few days has resulted in less heat in that area, but crews will continue to patrol and make sure no heat is detectable that could threaten containment.  

Crews are stationed currently at Lava Beds National Monument, and the park largely remains closed to visitors. The eastern entrance and northern road to Gillem Bluff and Captain Jack’s Stronghold is open, but there is no public access past that point.   The southeastern area of the fire, especially along Forest Road 77, is the priority for day shift crews because of the potential for northwest winds. Crews will continue to prepare the road, clearing vegetation and bettering the chance for containment in the thick mixed conifer forest there. They are also working on several contingency lines to be used if winds make primary lines unviable. The biggest area of concern is between Fourmile Creek and Crater Glass Flow, and crews will focus there.  

Weather and Fire Behavior: The weather today is expected to be similar to yesterday, with light and variable winds this morning turning to the northwest in the afternoon. Temperatures are predicted to increase slightly through Wednesday, bringing poor overnight humidity recovery and dry afternoons. Near-critical conditions are expected Tuesday and Wednesday as another trough approaches the fire area. A low-pressure system is expected to enter the area later in the week, bringing first gusty winds with the potential for wetting rain over the weekend.

September 12, 2021 at 12:09 PM

Firefighters assigned to night shift continue to identify and extinguish heat sources near containment lines. Fire behavior was minimal overnight. However, as vegetation further warms and dries today, crews expect fire activity to increase. Gusty northwest winds predicted for this week could pose challenges to containment lines on the southeastern edge of the fire, and the priority today is to strengthen containment there, especially along Forest Road 77. They will also begin construction of contingency line on Forest Road 43N48 as a backup. In addition, infrared mapping overnight showed some heat remaining on the western edge of the northernmost finger (east of Mt. Dome.) While the fire in the flats along the finger is well contained, the rocky, rough terrain of the ridgeline to the north is holding considerable heat, and hand crews (supported by aircraft) will hike in again today to continue building handline in that area.

In Lava Beds National Monument, the fire has mostly been extinguished. Crews will continue to patrol and “cold-trail” the fireline, carefully walking the fire perimeter to make sure no heat remains that could pressure containment lines. The eastern entrance to the park is open, with access to Gillem Bluff and Captain Jack’s Stronghold. No public access is available past that point.

The south/southwestern areas of the fire continue to hold well. Hazard tree removal and road repair and slope stabilization will continue today. 

Weather and Fire Behavior:

Temperatures today are expected to be a few degrees warmer than yesterday, despite the cold start. Humidity recovery overnight was less than yesterday, and overall conditions are expected to be warmer and drier. Gusty northwest winds are predicted for this afternoon. This trend is expected to continue into next week, with critical weather conditions predicted for Tuesday due to heightened wind speeds.

Smoke:

A Smoke Outlook for the Antelope Fire is available at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NECalifornia. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease should take precautionary measures.

Restrictions:

To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has issued a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect through September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD949139

temporary flight restriction is in effect over the Antelope Fire.

Evacuations:

Siskiyou County There are currently evacuation warnings in Siskiyou County. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://www.211disasterupdate.com/2021-siskiyou-fires or facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff. Residents should stay alert for changes in evacuation status and sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.    

Modoc County There are currently no evacuation warnings or orders for Modoc County.

September 10, 2021 at 8:08 AM

The fire continued to burn actively overnight, mitigating in some areas with the arrival of the rain after about 1 a.m. Prior to that the fire pushed hard up Forest Road 15, and was established on both sides of the road. Night shift crews focused on structure protection, particularly in the Three Sisters area, where the fire is currently established. There is also a spot fire about 0.5 miles  in front of the main fire near the cinder pit. As of this morning, it is still several miles south of the closest structures.

The fire also burned actively in the area of Lava Beds National Monument that did not burn in last year’s Caldwell Fire. It is now established on both sides of Forest Road 49 approaching and inside the park boundary.

Containment line above Medicine Lake held well overnight.

Today, crews will prioritize structure protection north of the Three Sisters area, with firefighters assessing and preparing structures should the fire reach them. They will use the favorable conditions predicted today to suppress the fire directly along its active edge as possible. They will continue to search out and extinguish any heat remaining along the line above Medicine Lake, and will start to clear and grade roads into the interior of the fire on the west/southwestern edges.

Evacuations:

Siskiyou County

For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://www.211disasterupdate.com/2021-siskiyou-fires or facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff. Residents should stay alert for changes in evacuation status and sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.     

Modoc County

There are currently no evacuation warnings or orders for Modoc County.

Weather and Fire Behavior:

Low pressure will move across the area this morning with showers and thunderstorms possible. Precipitation is expected to clear by late morning, but a slight chance of wraparound showers and thunderstorms will remain through the day. Winds will be primarily from the southwest this morning, moving to a westerly pattern by afternoon. They are predicted to remain light, although any remaining convective activity could bring stronger, erratic downbursts.

September 9, 2021 at 9:49 AM

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the Antelope Fire area from 1 p.m. today through 9 a.m. Friday morning for predicted strong, gusty winds and low relative humidity.

Due to fire growth, new evacuations were issued yesterday by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office for the area east of Forest Road 15 Davis Road, south of Bonita Butte, west of Fourmile Hill and north of Little Glass Mountain. Click here for an updated map of evacuations.

California Interagency Incident Management Team 10 (Petterson) took command of the Antelope Fire at 7:00 a.m. this morning.

Operations:
The fire remained active overnight, and temperatures on the fire were considerably warmer this morning than yesterday. Crews observed active spotting by 5:30 a.m., and clear conditions show fire growth already beginning on what is expected to be a day of critical fire weather. Night shift crews worked directly along the fire’s active edge to the north and east.

Day shift will continue that work today along Davis Road, keeping their eyes on areas to the north of the fire to ensure that if strong winds develop the structures in the Bonita Lake area have been assessed and prepared. The will continue to construct dozer line along Forest Road 44N22Y as well. To the west of Medicine Lake, crews will continue work along Powder Hill Road to prevent fire spread to the east. The Little Mt Hoffmann Lookout has been wrapped for protection should the fire move in that direction. While focusing on direct line construction, they will also look for opportunities to build contingency lines away from the current fire edge.

Infrared mapping overnight indicated that there is still considerable heat that could threaten fire lines. While they will prioritize the populated areas ahead of predicted winds, firefighters will also be continuing mop up in the areas of West Haight Mountain, Rainbow Mountain, and Typhoon Ridge areas to ensure that the fire doesn’t escape containment in those areas.

Weather and Fire Behavior:
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the Antelope Fire Area.

Southwest winds will be gusty and strong again east of the Cascades on Thursday afternoon as an area of low pressure moves towards the region. This low will bring a chance for showers and thunderstorms from the Cascades eastward from Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. During Thursday afternoon and evening, thunderstorms may result in strong, gusty downdraft winds and little or no precipitation. Later Thursday night into Friday morning, the air mass will moisten with a change to more numerous, mostly wet storms. The region of showers and thunderstorms will gradually shift northeast out of the area later Friday.

While downdraft winds from convective activity can be erratic, fire growth is predicted to be primarily to the east/ northeast. Crews will remain vigilant for anywhere that heat remains close to containment lines.

September 8, 2021 at 9:49 AM

Under red flag warning conditions, the Antelope fire grew by more than 7,000 acres yesterday, sending up a large smoke column. In the morning, retardant drops from airplanes helped firefighters hold the eastern flank, but then winds shifted from southwest to west and then northwest, pushing fire to Forest Road 15 above Forest Road 77 north of the Four Corners snowmobile area. The fire slowed when it reached an area where about half of the trees had previously been removed, so bulldozers worked there to build firelines. Many pieces of aircraft responded during the day to drop water and retardant on and around the new growth, including one very large air tanker, four large airtankers, four modular airborne firefighting systems (C130s) and four helicopters. Two air attack platforms also flew to provide reconnaissance. More engines, crews and pieces of heavy equipment arrived yesterday to continue efforts during today and tonight to contain recent growth.

A virtual public meeting of the Antelope Fire will be tonight at 6:00 p.m. Tune in to the Klamath National Forest Facebook page to join. You don’t need to have a Facebook account to view. https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/

Yesterday, the Southern Area Red Team began transferring command of the fire to the California Team 10 type 2 team, with Incident Commander Eric Petterson. Team 10 will shadow the Southern Area Red Team today and assume command of the Antelope Fire tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. The Southern Area Red Team thanks local agencies, companies and communities for their cooperation and wishes California Team 10 a safe and productive assignment.

To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has issued a temporary closure of all National Forests in California (https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD949139). This closure will be in effect through September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

Operations: Overnight, firefighters built two miles of fireline to contain recent fire growth, focusing on Forest Road 77, Lava Road and Forest Road 44N37 north of the Four Corners snowmobile area. Today, they will focus on building firelines away from the fire’s edge to keep it from spreading to the east toward Medicine Lake. They will be supported by aircraft as winds and visibility allow. Crews will continue to use fire resistant wrap and sprinklers to protect structures in the Medicine Lake area, which is under an evacuation order. Good work was previously done in this area to remove burnable vegetation around structures and homes.

Recent growth on the east side of the fire began with a spot about a half mile outside of firelines with mop up depths up to 300 feet. Before the spot, that area had been quiet for several days. Because of this, firefighters are on alert for spots in unburned areas around remaining areas of heat. These include West Haight Mountain, Antelope Creek, Rainbow Mountain, Antelope Creek Lakes and Typhoon Mesa. At least two crews will staff each area of remaining heat, with four new hotshot crews arriving to replace timing-out hotshot crews in West Haight Mountain and the Antelope Creek/Rainbow Mountain area.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Today will be partly cloudy due to high clouds and smoke. Temperatures will be about 5 degrees cooler than yesterday, with highs near 90 degrees. Winds will be 3 to 5 mph stronger than yesterday, southeast 5 to 15mph, becoming southwest 7 to 15 mph with gusts of 15-25 mph. Minimum relative humidity will be 17 to 22 percent, which is moister than yesterday.

Yesterday’s hot and dry weather, with relative humidity bottoming out at 7 percent, again contributed to rapid fire growth. Southwesterly winds will keep pushing recent fire growth on the eastern side of the fire in a northeasterly direction. Today fire behavior will be extreme and highly resistant to control, preventing firefighters from engaging it directly at its edge. Heat remains and continues to be a threat for spotting outside control lines. Extremely dry vegetation and ground cover will promote continued ground burning. Any new starts or spots over the line will be very resistant to control. The fire will continue to burn actively through the night; active fire has been observed at all hours and nothing has changed to alter this behavior.

Areas of concern include the recent fire growth on the east side of the fire, where fire will continue to push to the northeast. The major push will be north of Forest Road 77 and east of Forest Road 15, into the Lava Beds National Monument around Cinder Butte. The fire will progress around the Lava Beds National Monument to the north. Medicine Lake and Little Mt. Hoffman could be impacted if winds blow from the north. Other areas of concern include the east side of Rainbow Mountain, Antelope Creek drainage, northwest of Antelope Creek Lakes, West Haight Mountain and Typhoon Mesa.

Smoke: See https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NECalifornia for a smoke outlook.

Restrictions: To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has issued a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect through September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD949139 A new temporary flight restriction is in effect over the Antelope Fire. Lava Bed National Monument has closed areas in the southwest of the monument, including Merrill Cave, Whitney Butte Trail, Heppe Cave, Mammoth Crater, Big Nasty Trail and Medicine Lake Road. For updates, see https://www.facebook.com/LavaBedsNPS/

Evacuations: An evacuation order is in place for the Medicine Lake area to the east of the Antelope Fire and an evacuation warning remains in place for the Duck Lake area on the west side. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://www.211disasterupdate.com/2021-siskiyou-fires. Residents should stay alert for changes in evacuation status and sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Smoke column from Antelope Fire taken from Round Mountain Lookout Tower. Credit: Michael Haas/USDA Forest Service

September 7, 2021 at 10:41 AM

After minimal growth of the Antelope Fire over the past several days, fire spotted out of containment lines yesterday at Pumice Mountain Road near Red Cap Mountain. It became established and with intense fire behavior, including single and group torching, quickly became a running crown fire. It ran for about four miles.

Firefighters from all areas of the Antelope Fire and from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) responded. CalFire bulldozers plowed in firelines from already burned ground north up along the east side of the fire. Crews worked into the night to try to contain the fire and keep it west of Forest Road 15, but overnight it crossed the road. Bulldozers then worked on the east side of the 15 Road to halt further progression to the east. Additional growth was just over 1,000 acres. In response to the rapid growth, the Siskiyou County Sheriff issued an evacuation order for the Medicine Lake area several miles east of the fire.  

Many pieces of aircraft responded during the day to drop water and retardant on the new growth, including three very large air tankers, six large airtankers, two single engine air tankers, two large helicopters and two medium helicopters. They helped keep the fire on a northern, rather than eastern trajectory. Two air attack platforms also flew to provide reconnaissance.

With a RED FLAG WARNING today, crews will continue efforts to contain yesterday’s growth, working into the night. Resources are on the way to help keep further growth to a minimum.  

Tonight, the Southern Area Red Team will begin transferring command of the fire to the Great Basin Idaho Team 1 type 3 incident management team, with Incident Commander Tyler McCowan. Team 1 will shadow the Southern Area Red Team tomorrow and assume command of the Antelope Fire on Thursday. Because complexity of the fire has increased with yesterday’s growth, type 2 California Team 10, with Incident Commander Eric Petterson, has also been ordered.  

A virtual public meeting of the Antelope Fire will be tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at 6:00 p.m. Tune in to the Klamath National Forest Facebook page to join the meeting. You need not have a Facebook account to view. https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/    

To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has issued a temporary closure of all National Forests in California (https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD949139). This closure will be in effect through September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

Operations: Firefighters, including CalFire surge crews and equipment, will focus efforts on building fireline today and tonight to contain the new growth north of Red Cap Mountain and keep it from spreading to the east towards Medicine Lake. They will be supported by aircraft as winds and visibility allow. Crews will use fire resistant wrap and sprinklers to protect structures in the Medicine Lake area. Good work was previously done in this area to remove burnable vegetation around structures and homes.

Fire was also active on the west side of the fire yesterday with crews containing spots at West Haight Mountain, Antelope Creek and Rainbow Mountain. Firefighters, including hotshot crews, will engage again today to contain and mop of fire in these areas, On the east side of the fire, firefighters will also focus on the Typhoon Ridge area, which was active within containment lines yesterday, requiring water drops from helicopters.   Crews continue to mop up, patrol and remove excess equipment throughout the fire. Due to yesterday’s increased fire behavior and today’s Red Flag Warning, firefighters will keep hose on firelines around the south end of the fire to help mop up hot spots.  

Weather and Fire Behavior: The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for windy and dry weather from 1 pm this afternoon to 8 pm this evening. Today will again be warm (high near 90 degrees) and dry, with humidity dropping into the teens (12 to 16 percent) by early afternoon. Southwest winds will increase by midday becoming gusty in the afternoon, with 8 to 13 mph winds gusting up to 23 mph. An approaching Pacific system will increase winds and clouds.  

Yesterday’s hot and dry weather, with relative humidity bottoming out at 6 percent, contributed to rapid fire growth. With a red flag warning today, unburned pockets of vegetation will continue to burn and may land ash over firelines. Any new starts or spots over containment lines will be difficult to control. Mop up continues to reduce the threat of spotting outside control lines, but all remote sensing (satellite and IR flights) continues to show some heat. Areas of concern include Rainbow Mountain, Antelope Creek, Antelope Lake, Rainbow Lake, West Haight Mountain and Red Cap Mountain. New fire growth on the east side of the fire will remain active day and night.

Smoke: See https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NECalifornia for a smoke outlook for the Antelope Fire.  

Restrictions: To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has issued a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect through September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD949139 A temporary flight restriction is in effect over the Antelope Fire.  

Evacuations: An evacuation order was issued for the Medicine Lake area to the east of the Antelope Fire yesterday and an evacuation warning remains in place for the Duck Lake area on the west side. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://www.211disasterupdate.com/2021-siskiyou-fires. Residents should stay alert for changes in evacuation status and sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert

September 6, 2021 at 9:43 AM

Happy Labor Day! Be safe as you celebrate. Yesterday, firefighters saw more fire activity than they’ve seen in several days due to extremely dry live and dead vegetation burning well within the interior of the fire near Red Cap Mountain from Squaw Peak to Garner Mountain, Antelope Creek, Rainbow Mountain and West Haight Mountain. Firefighters on all areas of the fire gathered to focus efforts on these areas and will do the same today. They were supported by bucket drops of water from helicopters as needed and as visibility allowed.  

Yesterday’s fire activity was a reminder that extremely dry live and dead vegetation is receptive to fire. Firefighters are careful not to start new fires from vehicles and equipment while they work on the Antelope Fire and you are reminded to be as equally careful not to start fires this Labor Day. Please properly dispose of cigarettes, do not drive over dead grass and check tow chains to make sure they do not drag on the road. Even the smallest spark has the potential to become a large wildfire.  

To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has issued a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect through September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD949139 

Operations: Crews will focus efforts on increasing the depth of mop up in areas where the fire was active yesterday; around Red Cap Mountain from Squaw Peak to Garner Mountain on the east side of the fire and Rainbow Mountain, Antelope Creek and West Haight Mountain on the west side. Firefighters will continue to patrol Forest Roads 6 and 13 for hot spots.   Firefighters will also continue to patrol, monitor, mop up and retrieve hose areas of the Antelope Fire where it is no longer needed so it can be used on other fires. They will methodically search (grid) along containment lines and pockets of unburned vegetation near those lines searching for areas of heat. Crews continued to remove protective building wrap from the Medicine Lake area yesterday.  

Chipping along Forest Road 15 resumed yesterday when more pockets of material were found. That operation will stand down today for equipment maintenance, but chipping will occur near the Trout Creek Campground. A hazardous tree removal group worked on Forest Roads 6 and 77 to keep residents and firefighters safe. Today, they will continue removing hazard trees in those areas and along the West Haight Mountain Loop. More flaggers will help with traffic control today to maintain a safe work area for responders and the public. The Southern Area Red Team is supporting the Klamath National Forest with coordinating suppression repair on roads within the fire area. Today the road group will work on Forest Road 44N01.  

Weather and Fire Behavior: Southwest winds will increase in the afternoon from 6 to 10 mph, gusting to 16 mph. Temperatures will be unseasonably hot, with highs in the mid 80s. Minimum relative humidity will be 12 to 16 percent. An approaching Pacific system will increase winds and eventually clouds tomorrow. Gusts will be up to 22 mph. Smoke and haze will linger early in the week.  

Southwesterly winds will keep pushing most remaining heat back into the fire. All remote sensing (satellite and infrared flights) continues to show a slow decline in heat. As heat decreases and mop up continues, the threat for spotting outside control lines decreases each day but remains a possibility. Extremely dry fuels will promote continued burning of heavy dead and down material and ground cover. Any new starts will be difficult to control. Areas of concern include Rainbow Mountain and Antelope Creek, where heat will continue to burn green pockets of vegetation. Heat also remains in the Rainbow Lake, West Haight Mountain and Red Cap Mountain areas.

September 5, 2021 at 10:23 AM

Have a safe, fire-free Labor Day weekend! Extremely dry live and dead vegetation is receptive to new starts. Firefighters are careful not to start new fires from vehicles and equipment while they work on the Antelope Fire and you are reminded to be as equally careful not to start fires this holiday weekend. Please properly dispose of cigarettes, do not drive over dead grass and check tow chains to make sure they do not drag on the road. Even the smallest spark has the potential to become a large wildfire.  

To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has issued a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect through September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD949139.  

Yesterday, Team Rubicon removed protective wrapping around structures in the Medicine Lake area as fire is no longer threatening that area. Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing military veterans and other volunteers to help people prepare, respond and recover from disasters. Today, they will leave the incident, so we thank them for their service and wish them safe travels.

Operations: Firefighters continue to patrol, monitor, mop up and retrieve more than 150 miles of hose from all areas of the Antelope Fire so it can be used on other fires. They will methodically search (grid) along containment lines and pockets of unburnt vegetation near those lines searching for areas of heat. Yesterday, fire was active in the interior of the fire in the Squaw Peak area on the east side of the fire and near Haight Mountain on the northwest side of the fire.  

Crews will increase the depth of mop up in areas around Red Cap Mountain on the east side of the fire and Rainbow Mountain, Antelope Creek and West Haight Mountain on the west side. Firefighters will continue to patrol Forest Roads 6 and 13 for hot spots.  

Yesterday, a hazardous tree removal group worked on Forest Roads 77 and 6 to keep residents and firefighters safe. Today, they will continue removing hazard trees, with flaggers to help with traffic control. Crews completed a chipping operation to grind up woody debris along Forest Road 15 and will be working in the Asperin Butte area today. The Southern Area Red Team is supporting the Klamath National Forest with coordinating suppression repair on roads within the fire area. Today the road group will work on Forest Road 44N01.  

Weather and Fire Behavior: Temperatures will continue to be unseasonably hot through Labor Day. Today’s high will be in the mid 80s to 90. Light winds will blow from the southwest, 5 to 10 mph with gusts to 14 mph. Minimum relative humidity will be 9 to 12 percent. An approaching Pacific system will increase winds and clouds Tuesday and bring a slight chance of rain. Smoke and haze will linger.  

Southwesterly winds will keep pushing most remaining heat back into the fire. All remote sensing (satellite and infrared flights) continues to show a slow decline in heat. As heat decreases and mop up continues, the threat for spotting outside control lines decreases each day but remains a possibility. Extremely dry fuels will promote continued burning of heavy dead and down material and ground cover. Any new starts will be difficult to control. Areas of concern include Rainbow Mountain and Antelope Creek, where heat will continue to burn green pockets of vegetation. Heat also remains in the Rainbow Lake, West Haight Mountain and Red Cap Mountain areas.

September 3, 2021 at 9:37 AM

Last evening at about 6:30 pm a water tender rolled off Forest Road 15, also known as Willow Creek Road, on the northeast side of the fire. The driver was transported via ambulance and helicopter to the hospital, where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.  

Despite moderating weather conditions yesterday, firefighters found two areas with smoldering spots outside the line. They built fireline around the spots and mopped them up. Extremely dry live and dead vegetation is receptive to new starts. Firefighters are careful not to start new fires from vehicles and equipment while they work on the Antelope Fire and you are reminded to be as equally careful not to start fires this holiday weekend. Please properly dispose of cigarettes, do not drive over dead grass and check tow chains to make sure they do not drag on the road. Even the smallest spark has the potential to become a large wildfire!  

To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has issued a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect through September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD949139  

Yesterday was the last shift of remaining California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighters and engines. We thank them for their work in containing the fire on the western flank of the fire near Duck Lake and Harts Meadow.  

Today, Team Rubicon volunteers will help roll hose at the incident command post to prepare it for return to the fire cache for use by other fires. Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing military veterans to help people prepare, respond and recover from disasters.  

Operations: With containment up to 75 percent and heat decreasing along firelines, firefighters will work in the day only to patrol, monitor, mop up and retrieve hose and other equipment from all areas of the Antelope Fire so they can be used on other fires. They will methodically search (grid) along containment lines searching for areas of heat.  

Yesterday firefighters detected a smoldering spot fire outside containment lines in an area south of Red Cap Mountain and North of Buck Hill. Crews contained the spot with bulldozers and mopped it up. Two small spots were also detected along containment lines near Rainbow Lake. Firefighters contained and mopped up those spots and will continue to mop them up today.  

Crews will also increase the depth of mop up in areas around Red Cap Mountain on the east side of the fire and Rainbow Mountain, Antelope Creek, Antelope Creek Lakes and West Haight Mountain on the west side. The only area where line construction remains is near Rainbow Mountain. Firefighters will continue to patrol Forest Roads 6 and 13 for hot spots.  

Yesterday, the hazardous tree removal group worked in the Tennant area to keep residents and firefighters safe. Today, they will continue removing hazard trees, working their way south along Forest Road 6. Five pieces of equipment arrived yesterday to help with this work today. Crews completed a chipping operation along Forest Road 77 yesterday and are expected to complete chipping work to clear woody debris on Forest Road 15 today.  

Weather and Fire Behavior: Today, light winds will be variable, increasing to 5 to 7 mph this afternoon with gusts to 13 mph. Highs will be in the low to mid 80s with minimum relative humidity 8 to 18 percent. Afternoons will remain dry and warm with some clouds, smoke and haze. Warm and dry conditions, smoke and haze will persist through the weekend with south to southwest winds gusting to 17 mph.  

Minimal fire activity is expected today. Interior unburned pockets will actively burn along with widespread ground smoldering. Isolated tree torching with very short-range spotting may occur. As the width of mop up increases and heat decreases, the threat for spotting outside control lines becomes less each day but remains a possibility. Areas of concern include West Haight Mountain, Rainbow Mountain, Antelope Creek, Antelope Creek Lakes, the junction of Forest Road 6 and Forest Road 13 and Red Cap Mountain.  

September 2, 2021 at 9:42 AM

A virtual community meeting will be held tonight at 6pm on the Klamath National Forest Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/.   Yesterday, Team Rubicon volunteers arrived at the Antelope Fire to help retrieve hose and pumps from areas around the fire where they are no longer needed. Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing military veterans to help people prepare, respond and recover from disasters and we welcome them to the Antelope Fire. Today, Team Rubicon will help remove hose from the southeastern flank of the fire.  

To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has issued a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect through September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD949139.  

Fire activity again was relatively quiet yesterday, so firefighters continued to make good progress expanding the depth of mop up and building firelines to increase containment. They completed installing hose along handlines in the Antelope Creek/Rainbow Mountain area where hotshot crews continue to dig handlines. Today, weather conditions will also be favorable for firefighters to make good progress. Overnight, they only observed heat glowing high up on ridges well in the interior above Haight Mountain and Rainbow Mountain. This heat does not threaten firelines. Also, this morning the National Weather Service in Medford, Oregon launched a weather balloon. It shot straight up, indicating no surface winds up to 7,000 feet. Light west winds this afternoon will continue to be favorable to firefighters holding and improving firelines.

Operations Firefighters continue to patrol, monitor, mop up and retrieve hoses and water pumps along firelines throughout the day and night. Due to decreased heat near firelines, tonight will be the last night shift for firefighters. Yesterday, the hazardous tree removal group worked in the Tennant area to keep residents and firefighters safe. Today, they will continue removing hazard trees, working their way south. More equipment is arriving for this work.   Yesterday, the fire was active well within containment lines east of Filson Spring. Helicopters dropped water to cool fire in that area, which will be a focus of firefighters today. Heat also persists in the Rainbow Mountain/Antelope Creek where yesterday crews completed installing hose along handlines. They continue to deepen containment lines in this area and retrieve unneeded hose and pumps near West Haight Mountain and Alder Creek Divide, Rainbow Lake, Duck Lake to Harts Meadow and from Watakma Butte to Dry Creek Peak.

Yesterday, firefighters detected and cooled hot spots along Forest Road 6. They will continue to monitor and patrol Forest Roads 6 and 13 for areas of heat today.   Firefighters continue to mop up and secure firelines around Red Cap Mountain and handlines in the Squaw Peak area. Crews will backhaul excess hose and pumps from this area and south to Asperin Butte where Team Rubicon volunteers will retrieve hose.  

The northwest and northeast flanks of the fire remain cold and crews will continue to monitor and patrol these areas as well as retrieve hose. In the Medicine Lake area, crews completed work with a chipper and excavator to grind up cut vegetation to protect structures. The chipper moved to Forest Road 15 and made good progress cleaning up material felled to make a secondary containment line. That work will continue today.  

Weather and Fire Behavior This afternoon, west winds will blow 4 to 8 mph, gusting to 13 mph. Highs will be near 80 degrees and minimum relative humidity will be 13 to 18 percent. Afternoons will remain dry and warm with some clouds, smoke and haze.  

Westerly winds continue to be favorable to firefighters by pushing heat back into the interior of the fire in most areas. As mop up continues and heat decreases along firelines, the threat of spotting outside control lines decreases each day, but still remains a possibility. Because live and dead vegetation is extremely dry, firefighters will watch for spots in unburned area. Areas of concern include Rainbow Mountain, Antelope Creek, the junction of Forest Road 6 and Forest Road 13, and Red Cap Mountain. West Haight Mountain still holds some heat, but favorable westerly winds make this area less of a concern.

August 30, 2021 at 9:36 AM

Three consecutive days of hot and dry weather resulted in active fire behavior inside fire lines yesterday, with interior green pockets burning and some trees near the line torching and casting embers that spotted over the line. Firefighters successfully contained those spots. Smoky conditions prevented aircraft from flying. Today, windy weather will put firefighters on alert for spot fires and may also prevent flights.  

Yesterday was the last day for many surge firefighters and engines from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as they now deploy to the Caldor Fire threatening South Lake Tahoe. We thank them for their hard work and wish them well on their next mission.   Today, Team Rubicon volunteers are expected to arrive at the Antelope Fire to help retrieve hose and pumps from areas around the fire where they are no longer needed. Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing military veterans to help people prepare, respond and recover from disasters and we welcome them to the Antelope Fire.  

Although evacuations have been lifted for many private lands affected by the fire, national forests in northern California remain closed through September 6th. See Evacuations and Restrictions below.  

Operations: Crews continue to patrol, monitor and mop up along firelines through the day and night and today a new group will begin identifying and removing hazardous fire-weakened trees along 70 miles of roads in the footprint of the fire.   Surge firefighters from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection mopped up to a width of 300 feet from bulldozer lines near structures in the Alder Creek/Duck Lake area yesterday. Today day resources from that agency will work on mopping up from Duck Lake to Harts Meadow and near West Haight Mountain. Yesterday afternoon fire became active in the interior of the Antelope Creek area, with tree torching and burning materials rolling down slopes. A hotshot crew will continue to build handline in steep terrain in the Rainbow Mountain/Antelope Creek area. Digging fireline in this area is difficult due to a four-foot buildup of dried organic material on top of mineral soil. Mop up will continue from Watakma Butte to Dry Creek Peak and with heat remaining in Watakma Butte and strong southwest winds, firefighters will watch areas to east of the butte for spot fires. Along Forest Road 6 firefighters in engines will patrol for hot spots, continue to mop up and begin removal of hazardous trees.  

On the east side of the fire yesterday, fire was active in lodgepole pine stands around Red Cap Mountain, where torching of trees created embers that spotted across the line. Firefighters lined and mopped up the spots. Heat remains in this area, and with stronger winds it will be a focus of firefighters again today. The northwest and northeast flanks of the fire remain cold. With more crews helping remove unneeded hose line and equipment, all excess hose from Antelope Sink southwest to Blue Spring was pulled.  

In the Medicine Lake area, a Structure Protection Group continues to make progress on grinding up downed vegetation with a chipper and excavator, with support from an engine. Crews completed removing unneeded hoses and pumps from the area yesterday, with more than a dump truck load of material retrieved.

Evacuations: The following evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted: Mt. Hebron, MJ area, Four Corners area, Three Sisters area, Shasta Wood area, Medicine Lake area, Red Rock area, Tennant, Fish Camp area, Bray, Round Valley/Antelope sink and the Andesite areas. An evacuation order remains in place for the Duck Lake area. The following evacuation warnings remain in place: Antelope Creek Ranch, Ash Creek Butte area, Trout Creek area, Harris Springs area, Tod Mountain area, Slagger/Hambone area, Cabin Butte area, Bartle area, Coonrod Flat area, Shasta Forest Estates area and Esperanza area. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://www.211disasterupdate.com/2021-siskiyou-fires.

Residents should stay alert for changes in evacuation status and sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert 

Weather and Fire Behavior: Today will be cooler and windier than the past few days, with highs near 80 and winds blowing from the southwest 10 to 15 mph gusting to 22 mph. Minimum relative humidity will be 15 to 20 percent. Smoke and haze will persist. Temperatures and humidity will moderate through midweek with general westerly winds.

Southwest winds stronger than yesterday will continue to be favorable for helping firefighters contain the fire by pushing heat back into the interior of the fire in most areas. Areas that have been quiet may show increased activity due to stronger winds and the potential for spotting outside control lines will increase on most areas of the fire. Burning snags may cast embers across control lines and create new starts. Extremely dry vegetation and ground cover will promote continued burning. Areas of concern include Rainbow Mountain, north of Duck Creek around Alder Creek Divide/Haight Mountain, the junction of Forest Road 6 and Forest Road 13 and Red Cap Mountain.

August 29, 2021 at 9:41 AM

A virtual community meeting will be held tonight at 6pm on the Klamath National Forest Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/.

All live and dead vegetation is extremely dry and receptive to ignition, including sparks from equipment such as mowers striking rocks or metal, towing chains dragging on roads, cigarettes, embers from burning material, powerline arching and other causes. Firefighters will be on alert today to prevent new starts from these sources and you are encouraged to be as vigilant.

Yesterday was hot and dry with relative humidity bottoming out at 12 percent. Fire was active in several areas of the Antelope Fire still retaining heat, but light winds helped firefighters keep the fire in check and make good progress deepening the width of mop up near firelines to increase containment. Helicopters dropped water to help ground crews cool hot spots and helped haul out excess equipment.

Although evacuations have been lifted for many private lands affected by the fire, national forests in northern California remain closed through September 6th. See Evacuations and Restrictions below.

Operations: Today is the third day of abnormally hot and dry weather, promoting conditions for active fire behavior. Southwest winds will help firefighters keep the fire within established lines and safely build new lines because in most places these winds will push the fire back into itself. They will watch for spot fires in unburnt areas east of firelines.

Crews continue to patrol, monitor and mop up along firelines through the day and night.

Yesterday on the southwest side of the fire, firefighters monitored areas near Duck Lake south to Antelope Creek and mopped up heat with engines from Duck Lake to Harts Meadow. That work will continue today. Intense heat remains in the West Haight Mountain area, so crews will continue to mop up to create depth on containment lines. A hotshot crew supported by helicopter drops will continue to build handline in steep terrain in the Antelope Creek area and mop up will continue from Watakma Butte to Dry Creek Peak. Along Forest Road 6 firefighters will patrol for hot spots, continue to mop up and begin removal of hazardous trees.

On the east side of the fire yesterday, firefighters focused on cooling hot spots around Red Cap Mountain and from Squaw Peak to Red Cap Mountain. Today they will continue to focus on mopping up this area.

The northwest and northeast flanks of the fire remain cold. Firefighters continued to remove unneeded hose line and equipment in these areas of the fire yesterday, focusing on Haight Mountain to Filson Springs. More crews arrived to pull and stack hose yesterday and will continue that work today. Firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol from Antelope Sink southeast to Tamarack Springs and southwest to Blue Spring.

In the Medicine Lake area, a Structure Protection Group continues to make progress on grinding up downed vegetation with a chipper and excavator, with support from an engine. Crews hope to complete removing unneeded hoses and pumps from the area today.

Evacuations:

The following evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted: Mt. Hebron, MJ area, Four Corners area, Three Sisters area, Shasta Wood area, Medicine Lake area, Red Rock area, Tennant, Fish Camp area, Bray, Round Valley/Antelope sink and the Andesite areas. An evacuation order remains in place for the Duck Lake area.

The following evacuation warnings remain in place: Antelope Creek Ranch, Ash Creek Butte area, Trout Creek area, Harris Springs area, Tod Mountain area, Slagger/Hambone area, Cabin Butte area, Bartle area, Coonrod Flat area, Shasta Forest Estates area and Esperanza area. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://www.211disasterupdate.com/2021-siskiyou-fires. Residents should stay alert for changes in evacuation status and sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Hot, dry conditions will persist today with winds blowing from the southwest 6 to 10 mph with afternoon gusts up to 14 mph. Some area will be smoky and hazy. Temperatures will be near 85 degrees with minimum relative humidity of 11 to 15 percent.Conditions remain for active surface fire spread. Activity should pick up in early morning and last well into the evening. Embers from burning snags may drift across control lines and create new starts. Spotting may occur up to 0.3 miles from the main fire area. The ground cover is very dry and will significantly contribute to fire intensity and spread. Firefighters will remain vigilant for new starts. Areas of concern include west of Rainbow Lake, north of Duck Creek around Alder Creek Divide/Haight Mountain, junction of Forest Road 6 and Forest Road 13 and Red Cap Mountain.

August 28, 2021 at 10:37 AM

Evacuation warnings and orders have been lifted on private land for some areas, however a closure order for all northern California national forest lands remains in effect until at least September 6, 2021 (see Restrictions below). The following evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted: Mt. Hebron, MJ area, Four Corners area, Three Sisters area, Shasta Wood area, Medicine Lake area, Red Rock area, Tennant, Fish Camp area, Bray, Round Valley/Antelope sink and the Andesite area. See Evacuations below for areas that still have evacuation warnings and orders.  

This weekend, weather conditions will be near critical for fire behavior. Hot and dry weather and low relative humidity values will create conditions for active fire movement, spotting and longer burning periods. The operational focus today will be to keep the fire within containment lines, mop up, monitor for hot spots and continue to increase total containment. The cooperation of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and local timber companies has been instrumental in increasing containment.   A virtual community meeting will be held tomorrow, Sunday August 29th at 6pm on the Klamath National Forest Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/.  

Operations: Crews continue to patrol, monitor and mop up along firelines through the day and night. Warmer and dryer conditions increased fire activity yesterday. A northeast wind may have blown embers across control lines. Spots were found near Rainbow lake, Watakma Butte, and along Forest Road 6 and Forest Road 13. During the evening, low cloud cover and poor visibility made it difficult for firefighters to detect hotspots, so today they will focus on areas still containing heat.    

On the southwest side of the fire, firefighters are doing mop up and monitoring near Duck Lake and south to Antelope Creek. From Duck Lake to Hart Meadow they will be monitor hot spots along the fireline. Crews will patrol for hot spots and continue to mop up on Forest Road 6 and Forest Road 13 between Watakma Butte and Horse Peak. Firefighters will also work to finish connecting firelines in the Watakma Butte area.  

Firefighters on the East side of the fire will mop up, monitor, and pull out unneeded hoseline from Red Cap Mountain east to Pumice Stone Mountain and north to Tamarack Flats. They will also monitor for hotspots from Red Cap Mountain north to Squaw Peak.  

The northwest and northeast flanks of the fire remain cold. Firefighters will remove unneeded hose line and equipment in these areas of the fire today, focusing on Haight Mountain to Filson Springs. They will continue to monitor and patrol from Antelope Sink southeast to Tamarack Springs and southwest to Blue Spring.  

In the Medicine Lake area, a Structure Protection Group continues to make progress on grinding up downed vegetation and they will remove unneeded hoses and pumps from the area.  

Evacuations:  The following evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted: Mt. Hebron, MJ area, Four Corners area, Three Sisters area, Shasta Wood area, Medicine Lake area, Red Rock area, Tennant, Fish Camp area, Bray, Round Valley/Antelope sink and the Andesite areas. An evacuation order remains in place for the Duck Lake area. The following evacuation warnings remain in place: Antelope Creek Ranch, Ash Creek Butte area, Trout Creek area, Harris Springs area, Tod Mountain area, Slagger/Hambone area, Cabin Butte area, Bartle area, Coonrod Flat area, Shasta Forest Estates area and Esparanza area. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://www.211disasterupdate.com/2021-siskiyou-fires. Residents should stay alert for changes in evacuation status and sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert 

Weather and Fire Behavior: Today will be sunny, warm and dry with temperatures in the mid to high 80s. Relative humidity will be 10 to 13 percent. This afternoon winds will blow from the southwest 5 to 10 miles per hour. Smoke and haze will linger.   Dry understory shrub and low relative humidity will promote active fire movement. Light winds will help moderate fire activity. Green fingers and pockets of unburned vegetation in and around the active fire edge continue to be active. Burning snags will create an opportunity for embers to drift across the fire line. Deep smoldering will continue. Areas of concern are near the junction of Forest Road 6 and Forest Road, around Rainbow Mountain and north of Duck Lake, Alder Creek Divide and Red Cap Mountain.

This weekend, weather conditions will be near critical for fire behavior. Warm and dry weather along with northeast wind and low relative humidity values will create conditions for active fire movement. The northeast wind will test any control line on the southwest side of fire areas retaining heat. The operational focus today will be to keep the fire within containment lines in these areas.  

A virtual public meeting was held last night and can be found on the Klamath National Forest Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/.  

The Siskiyou County Sherriff has rescinded the evacuation order for private landowners at Medicine Lake, however a closure order for all northern California national forest lands remains in effect until at least September 6, 2021 (see restrictions below). All of the Medicine Lake Highlands are closed.  

Operations: Crews continue to patrol, monitor and mop up along the fire line through the day and night.  

Yesterday, on the west side of the fire, firefighters burned unburned vegetation that could threaten fire lines in the Rainbow Lake area. This operation was supported with helicopters and an infrared flight showed that the burn was successfully completed within the containment lines. Crews will mop up and monitor that area today.  

On the southwest side of the fire, firefighters continue to mop up and connect bulldozer line near Butte Creek in the area from Butte Creek south to Antelope Creek.  

Crews continue to patrol and mop up on Forest Road 6 and Forest Road 13 between Watkama Butte and Horse Peak.  

An area of focus on the east side of the fire is mopping up from Red Cap Mountain to Pumice Stone Mountain. Firefighters will continue to add hoselines and mop up from Garner Mountain south to Pumice Mountain and will patrol and mop up south of Pumice Mountain Road to Buck Hill. Helicopters have helped to monitor and cool hot spots by dropping water. Containment is expected to increase in this area in the next few days.  

The northwest and northeast flanks of the fire remain cold. During the day, firefighters continue to monitor and patrol the areas from Antelope Sink southeast to Tamarack Springs and Antelope Sink southwest to Blue Spring. They will backhaul unneeded hose line and equipment in these areas of the fire.

In the Medicine Lake area, a Structure Protection Group continues to make progress on grinding up downed vegetation with a chipper and excavator with support from an engine.    

Evacuations:  The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders and warnings for several communities and general areas surrounding the Antelope Fire. For the most current and accurate evacuation maps for Siskiyou County, please visit: Siskyou County Evacuation map. For shelter information, the Virtual Temporary Evacuation Point is available 24 hours a day at 530-340-3539. Residents should stay alert for changes in evacuation status and sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.   

Weather and Fire Behavior: Expect dry westerly winds with temperatures in the low 80’s. Relative humidity will be 12 to 17 percent. This afternoon north winds will become gusty. Warmer and drier conditions are still expected over the weekend and will bring temperatures in the high 80’s and relative humidity of 10-15 percent. Overnight low clouds will cause haze and smoke.  

Fire activity will pick up in the early morning and into the evening. The northeast wind will test any control line on the southwest side of fire areas retaining heat. Dry understory shrub will significantly contribute to fire intensity and spread. Green fingers and pockets of unburned vegetation in and around the active fire edge continue to be receptive to embers. Latent spot fires may become active early today. Deep smoldering will continue. This weekend, weather conditions will be near critical for fire behavior.

August 20, 2021 at 10:02 AM

The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 will transfer command of the Antelope Fire to the Southern Area Red Team at 7 AM on Saturday, August 21, 2021. This is the final update from the Southwest Team 4. The Team extends its sincere thanks to the local communities for their support and hospitality throughout this incident.

Operations: In the northeast section of the fire, crews tied the fire containment line into the existing road systems between Squaw Peak and Buck Hill. Firefighters successfully completed defensive burning from Forest Road 6 to Forest Road 8 near Watakma Butte to add depth to control lines and make these holding features more secure. Direct suppression remains the primary strategy for the northwestern side of the fire as it approaches West Haight Mountain. Infrared flights detected minimal heat in this area as it continues to hold at the Alder Creek Divide. On the southwest side, the fire continues to advance slowly west toward the dozer line around Harts Meadow. Hose lays were added to slow fire growth in this area. The Structure Protection Group is wrapping cabins at Medicine Lake and adding hose lays to further protect these structures.

Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Warnings for several communities and general areas surrounding the Antelope Fire. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://211norcal.org/2021_siskiyou_county_fires/. An interactive map highlighting areas in evacuation status is available at: https://arcg.is/1mWjWj. For shelter information, the Virtual Temporary Evacuation Point is available 24 hours a day at 530-340-3539. Residents should stay alert for changes in evacuation status and sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Weather: A strong disturbance approaching the coast will bring northwesterly winds today with late afternoon and evening gusts. Temperatures are forecasted at 77-84 degrees in the valleys and 70-76 degrees on the mid-slopes and ridges. Winds are predicted at 5-10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the late afternoon.

August 19, 2021 at 8:13 PM

Highlights: Night shift firefighters successfully completed a 3.5-mile defensive burning operation along Forest Roads 6 and 13. This operation will be instrumental in helping to prevent the fire moving further south from Hemlock Lake. Crews will be working in this area to locate and extinguish residual heat as well as patrol to keep the fire north of Forest Road 13 between Watakma Butte and Trout Butte Creek. Fire growth is expected to continue to move south.

Operations: Crews continue to effectively hold the fire west of Forest Road 6. Firefighters are working to connect existing control lines to Forest Road 6 and will then use the road as an anchor point to build containment lines to the north toward West Haight Mountain. On the east side, firefighters are using a combination of handline and dozerline to contain the fire as it moves south from Tamarack Flats toward Buck Hill. Direct suppression is the primary strategy, however, firefighters are also preparing the existing road system east of Buck Hill to use as a contingency line. In the southwestern section, the fire has progressed over the ridge but is holding at the established dozerline near Hart’s Meadow. Firefighters are using direct suppression operations and established contingency lines to hold the fire near Alder Creek. The Structure Protection Group is working in all areas of the fire to assess threats to structures and to formulate a strategy to protect these buildings and build defensible space if needed.

August 18, 2021 at 11:34 AM

High winds and dry conditions made for yet another challenging day on the Antelope Fire. While the winds pushed smoke out of the area for the first time in weeks, these conditions also contributed to increased fire behavior on the east, south, and west sides of the fire. This increased activity has resulted in the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office issuing an Evacuation Warning for areas starting west of the fire, then heading south toward McCloud and northeast toward Medicine Lake. The Incident Management Team will host a community meeting today at 6:00 p.m. at the Butte Valley Community Center in Dorris at 52900 Highway 97. The public can join in-person or virtually during the livestream at https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/.

Operations: Crews observed the most active fire behavior in the northeastern and southern portions of the fire. In the late afternoon, fire activity increased and consumed a large amount of vegetation, producing a visible smoke column and long range spotting over one mile. The fire continues to push south from Tamarack Flats on the eastern edge toward Red Cap Mountain. Firefighters are working to prepare the 43N41 and 43N36 roads as potential containment lines that will connect into Forest Road 15. These lines will be used as a contingency plan if crews are unable to safely engage the fire with direct suppression.

Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Warnings for several communities and general areas surrounding the Antelope Fire. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: 211norcal.org/antelope_fire/. An interactive map highlighting areas in evacuation status is available at: https://arcg.is/1mWjWj. An evacuation center is located at the Kahtishraam Wellness Center at 1403 Kahtishraam in Yreka, CA. Residents should stay alert for changes in evacuation status and sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Weather: Winds will be gusty throughout the day and shifting from the north-northeast at 8-16 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Temperatures will be slightly warmer at 72-80 degrees, with 65-72 degrees on mid-slopes and ridges.

Community Meeting Details: A Facebook account is not required to view the video. If a pop-up box appears when you first navigate to the link, you can use the scroll bar on the right to scroll down to the view and/or click “not now” to minimize the login pop-up. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting, or you can email us your questions in advance at 2021.antelope@firenet.gov. A recording will be posted following the meeting. To protect the health of our firefighters and the public, please wear a face covering if attending the meeting in-person.

Restrictions: The Klamath and Shasta-Trinity National Forests have issued a new forest closure around the Antelope and Tennant Fires. The full closure order and map can be found on the Klamath National Forest website.

August 17, 2021 at 11:45 AM

Firefighters are facing another challenging day on the Antelope Fire. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 2 PM to 10 PM today, with winds expected to increase much earlier in the day and peak around 3 PM. These conditions will likely result in increased fire activity throughout the fire perimeter. Crews continue to focus the majority of their efforts on holding the northeast and southwest sections where the fire has been most active.

Operations: Crews are working to contain the Antelope Fire and keep it from spreading further to the east. Fire has burned steadily through ground vegetation underneath the trees, preheating and then igniting the canopy to produce active fire in the northeast section near Tamarack Flats. Burning embers from the canopy were carried across containment lines causing numerous spot fires. The fire has now crossed the 43N15 Road but has not yet reached Forest Road 15. Firefighters are continuing to build direct containment line near Duck Lake and have successfully completed a dozerline around Harts Meadow. Crews are working to strengthen and extend the lines from Typhoon Mesa southwest around Stephen’s Butte and continuing west from False Gap toward the Harts Meadow area. Once finished, this control line will connect with dozerlines constructed on the northwest side from West Haight Loop heading south. Firefighters are assessing the road network to identify potential contingency lines to stop the fire if it moves south from Tamarack Flats. The Structure Protection Group has prepped and wrapped the Hoffman Lookout and Harris Guard Station, as well as several wooden bridges, to protect against the oncoming fire. These crews are now moving to Medicine Lake to assess structures in this area for any needed protection.

Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Warnings for several communities and general areas surrounding the Antelope Fire. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: 211norcal.org/antelope_fire/. An interactive map highlighting areas in evacuation status is available at: https://arcg.is/1mWjWj. An evacuation center is located at the Kahtishraam Wellness Center at 1403 Kahtishraam in Yreka, CA. Residents should stay alert for changes in evacuation status and sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Weather: A low pressure system is moving over the Pacific Northwest today. This system is expected to bring strong northwest winds between 10-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Expected temperatures are 70-77 degrees in the valleys and lower slopes, and 62-70 degrees on the mid-slopes and ridges. Due to high winds and Red Flag conditions, residents should be prepared for potential power outages in their area. Please visit https://www.pacificpower.net/outages-safety.html to check the outage map.

Restrictions: The Klamath and Shasta-Trinity National Forests have issued a new forest closure around the Antelope and Tennant Fires. The full closure order and map can be found on the Klamath National Forest website.

Smoke: A Smoke Outlook for the Antelope Fire is available at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NECalifornia. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease should take precautionary measures.

August 16, 2021 at 11:34 AM

Firefighters on the Antelope Fire are making progress despite continued challenges from high winds and dry conditions. The fire has made a half-mile push to the east through Tamarack Flats near Garner Mountain. The fire is about 1.5 miles west from Forest Road 15, also known as Davis Road. This movement has prompted an Evacuation Order for the areas of Medicine Lake, Payne Spring, and Blanche Lake. Crews were able to slow the fire near an existing dozer line and will work around the new fire growth to connect with an existing dozer line south of the fire spread. Operational resources are responding to numerous spot fires igniting ahead of the main fire, particularly in the late afternoon as daytime temperatures reach their peak.

Operations: Crews have nearly completed containment line from Typhoon Mesa southwest around Stephen’s Butte and continuing west from False Gap toward the Harts Meadow area. Firefighters will connect this line with containment lines from West Haight Loop heading south. Firefighters are using masticators, dozers, and other machinery to build containment lines from Shasta Wood to Swamp Creek. Crews are implementing protections for Harts Meadow to minimize impacts to the land and springs. Structure protection crews are working to assess structures throughout all areas of the fire. The northernmost fire perimeter remains secure and firefighters continue to patrol these areas to extinguish any remaining pockets of heat.

Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Warnings for several communities and general areas surrounding the Antelope Fire. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: 211norcal.org/antelope_fire/. An interactive map highlighting areas in evacuation status is available at: https://arcg.is/1mWjWj. An evacuation center is located at the Kahtishraam Wellness Center at 1403 Kahtishraam in Yreka, CA. Residents should stay alert for changes in evacuation status and sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Weather: A Fire Weather Watch will be in effect on Tuesday afternoon and evening. Drier air will end any potential thunderstorm threat, however, gusty winds will continue through the evening. Temperatures are expected around 85-91 degrees in lower elevations and 78-85 degrees on the mid-slopes and ridges.

August 15, 2021 at 11:43 AM

Firefighters are working alongside cooperating agencies, partners, and local logging companies to develop the most effective strategy to control the Antelope Fire with minimal impact to the land. Crews are conducting direct suppression operations in all areas of the fire as weather, safety, and terrain allow. The incident management team will host a virtual community meeting tonight at 6 PM on the Klamath National Forest Facebook page.

Operations: Firefighters are facing significant fire activity northeast of Garner Mountain. The fire advanced about a mile and a half to the east and crossed Forest Road 77. Helicopters were able to assist with suppression efforts as the fire grew further to the northeast. Additional dozers were brought in from other divisions to stop the fire’s progress before sundown. On the southwest perimeter, crews are building containment line as the fire backs slowly down the slopes. Firefighters are scouting areas near Shasta Wood to build line safely while protecting valuable timber assets wherever possible. Crews assigned to structure protection duties have constructed dozer line around Harts Meadow, wrapped cabins with fire-resistant materials, and will continue to assess structures around all areas of the fire.

Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Warnings for several communities and general areas surrounding the Antelope Fire. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: 211norcal.org/antelope_fire/. An interactive map highlighting areas in evacuation status is available at: https://arcg.is/1mWjWj. An evacuation center is located at the Kahtishraam Wellness Center at 1403 Kahtishraam in Yreka, CA. Residents should stay alert for changes in evacuation status and sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Weather: Strong and erratic outflow winds are possible from thunderstorms in the area. Lightning and winds remain the greatest threat for the fire, with only a very small chance for rain. Temperatures will remain in the 90s with west-northwest winds between 3-8 mph and gusts of up to 18 mph.

August 14, 2021 at 11:16 AM

Firefighters are working to get ahead of anticipated fire growth by building a larger containment area around the increasingly active southwest and northeast sections of the Antelope Fire. Fire crews are planning to use established roads as containment lines in an effort to better distribute the remaining resources on the fire. Decreased visibility due to smoke is hampering the ability to use aviation resources, including helicopters and air tankers, to support suppression efforts around the fire.

Operations: To prevent westward movement, crews are holding the fire within the road system in the West Haight Loop area between Blue Spring, Trapper Spring, and Filson Spring. Firefighters used defensive burning to help protect structures in the Duck Lake area and continue to assess structures around the entire fire perimeter. Firefighters are using masticators along existing roads on the southern fire perimeter near Stephen’s Butte to strengthen containment in this area. In the northeast, crews are conducting defensive burn operations along Forest Road 77 to extend containment lines around Tamarack Flats and the southwestern side of Garner Mountain. Engines and water tenders are patrolling less active areas of the fire perimeter from Garner Mountain south to Typhoon Ridge and west toward Stephen’s Butte. While on patrol, firefighters are locating and eliminating any areas of residual heat that could threaten the control lines.

Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Order for Mount Hebron, Shasta Wood, Duck Lake, the Round Valley area south of Red Rock Road, including Long Prairie Road, Robison Road, and Old State Highway. An Evacuation Warning has been issued for the areas east of Garner Mountain, south of Red Rock Road, west of the Medicine Lake area including Red Cap Mountain, north of Harris Springs Road, along with the Antelope Sink areas, Tennant, Bray, Red Rock Road, Medicine Lake, Payne Spring, and Blanche Lake. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://arcg.is/1mWjWj. An evacuation center is located at the Kahtishraam Wellness Center at 1403 Kahtishraam in Yreka, CA. Residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Weather: Temperatures will be slightly lower today and tonight, with a chance of isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. These storms could bring lightning and strong outflow winds. Expected temperatures range from 90-96 degrees in lower elevations and 82-90 degrees on the mid-slopes and ridges. Winds are expected to be light and variable, with gusts between 5-10 miles per hours.

Restrictions: The Klamath National Forest has issued a forest closure around the Antelope and Tennant Fires. The full closure order and map can be found on the Klamath National Forest website.

Smoke: A Smoke Outlook for the Antelope Fire is available at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NECalifornia. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease should take precautionary measures.

August 13, 2021 at 11:50 AM

Crews on the Antelope Fire will be facing one more day of extreme fire weather as they continue to focus on suppression and containment. A Red Flag Warning has been issued from 2 PM to 11 PM today due to excessive heat, dry conditions, and the potential for abundant lightning. Crews are still working to contain two active areas on the southwest and northeast fire perimeter where the fire pushed over control lines. A community meeting will be held tonight at 6 PM at the Tennant Volunteer Fire Department.   

Operations: Firefighters faced an additional challenge when a thunderstorm moved into the area around 4 PM, bringing strong outflow winds that stoked fire activity. Firefighters are working to contain an area where the fire escaped containment lines west of Lower Garner Road. Crews are reinforcing contingency lines in this area to stop the fire’s eastward progression. The fire also experienced significant activity near Antelope Canyon and moved west toward Harts Meadow. Firefighters are cooperating with logging companies and other local partners to identify advantageous areas to build additional containment lines if needed. In the southeast area of the fire, crews were assisted by winds that pushed the fire back onto itself and slowed its progression along the fire perimeter from Garner Mountain southwest to Typhoon Ridge.  

Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Order for Mount Hebron, Shasta Wood, Duck Lake, the Round Valley area south of Red Rock Road, including Long Prairie Road, Robison Road, and Old State Highway. An Evacuation Warning has been issued for the areas east of Garner Mountain, south of Red Rock Road, west of the Medicine Lake area including Red Cap Mountain, north of Harris Springs Road, along with the Antelope Sink areas, Tennant, Bray, Red Rock Road, Medicine Lake, Payne Spring, and Blanche Lake. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://arcg.is/1mWjWj. An evacuation center is located at the Kahtishraam Wellness Center at 1403 Kahtishraam in Yreka, CA. Residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at:  https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.   

Weather: Moisture will increase today resulting in a higher chance for thunderstorms. These storms may raise the threat of lightning and strong, erratic outflow winds. A Heat Advisory also remains in effect, with temperatures ranging from 91-98 degrees in the valleys and lower slopes, and 84-91 degrees on the mid-slopes and ridges.

August 12, 2021 at 9:02 AM

Active overnight fire behavior observed. Threat to structures with Evacuation Orders and Warnings in effect. Road and area closures in effect for the fire area. Private timberland, cultural and historic sites and critical wildlife habitat also threatened. There is a Fire Weather Watch issued in the fire area today for abundant lightning on dry fuels.

August 11, 2021 at 11:24 AM

Firefighters will face conditions similar to what they experienced during the early days of the Antelope Fire. Crews will be challenged by abnormally high temperatures and continuing dry and unstable conditions. With the increased potential for extreme fire behavior, firefighters will continue to advance fireline construction and patrol to catch any spot fires or slopovers. Firefighters are continuing to work both day and night shifts to combat these challenging conditions.

Operations: Crews suppressed two slopovers along the west side of the fire and continue to improve containment lines in these areas. Firefighters are holding the fire around Garner Mountain and connecting containment lines from this area south past Typhoon Mesa and continuing west toward Stephen’s Butte. Defensive burning operations have been successful in this area and crews are still holding the fire near the 43N04 Road. Firefighters are also working hard to hold the fire where it is most active at Picadilly Ridge on the southeastern perimeter of the fire. Structure protection groups are continuing to assess and prepare structures throughout the fire area, including those areas where future fire growth is anticipated.

Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued Evacuation Orders for the following communities: Tennant, Bray, Mount Hebron, Shasta Wood, Duck Lake, Round Valley area, including Long Prairie Road, Robison Road, and Old State Highway. An Evacuation Warning has been issued for the areas of Red Rock Road, Medicine Lake, Payne Springs and Blanche Lake. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://arcg.is/1mWjWj. An evacuation center is located at the Kahtishraam Wellness Center at 1403 Kahtishraam in Yreka, CA. Residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Weather: Warmer, drier weather is continuing, with a Heat Advisory in effect today through Friday. Very dry and unstable conditions, along with temperatures around 10 degrees above normal, present a high potential for large fire growth.

Community Meeting: The Incident Management Team hosted a community meeting last night at the Butte Valley Community Center. Local residents attended in-person while nearly 70 participants viewed the live video on Facebook. At this meeting, the Office of Emergency Services shared information regarding structure damages and potential changes in the status of evacuations. For more information, please view the full recording at https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/. No account is required to view the video.

Restrictions: The Klamath National Forest has issued a forest closure around the Antelope and Tennant Fires. The full closure order and map can be found on the Klamath National Forest website.

Smoke: A Smoke Outlook for the Antelope Fire is available at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NECalifornia. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease should take precautionary measures.

August 10, 2021 at 9:49 AM

Cooperation among firefighters in all divisions has resulted in operational success around the fire area with limited assigned resources. The Incident Management Team will share updates on fire operations and evacuations at a community meeting today at 6:00 p.m. at the Butte Valley Community Center in Dorris at 52900 Highway 97. The public is encouraged to join in-person or virtually during the livestream at https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/.

Operations: As progress increases, crews and equipment are being temporarily diverted from less active areas to assist with suppression efforts where resources are needed most. The fire crossed handlines north of Garner Mountain, but helicopters were able to maneuver below the smoke to assist with water drops. Firefighters continue to carefully apply fire inside the control lines to consume fuel between the edge of the fire and the southern lines near the 43N04 Road. Crews are continuing to hold the line and extinguish any hot spots in the northeast to improve containment. Crews are working directly along the fire’s edge, constructing lines and conducting defensive burning to contain the fire. Hose lays and water resources have been brought in to assist with fire suppression along these lines. Utility companies are now working to restore power in Tennant.

Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued Evacuation Orders for the following communities: Tennant, Bray, Mount Hebron, Shasta Wood, Duck Lake, Round Valley area, including Long Prairie Road, Robison Road, and Old State Highway. An Evacuation Warning has been issued for the areas of Red Rock Road, Medicine Lake, Payne Springs and Blanche Lake. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://arcg.is/1mWjWj. The Temporary Evacuation Point has been relocated from Dorris to the Kahtishraam Wellness Center in Yreka, located at 1403 Kahtishraam, Yreka, CA 96097. Residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Weather: Warmer and drier weather continues, bringing a higher potential for large fire growth. Some moderate breezes will develop this afternoon, generally from the west southwest. A Heat Advisory is in effect Wednesday through Friday.

Community Meeting Details: A Facebook account is not required to view the video. If a pop-up box appears when you first navigate to the link, you can use the scroll bar on the right to scroll down to the view and/or click “not now” to minimize the login pop-up. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting, or you can email us your questions in advance at 2021.antelope@firenet.gov. A recording will be posted following the meeting. To protect the health of our firefighters and the public, please wear a face covering if attending the meeting in-person.

Restrictions: The Klamath National Forest has issued a forest closure around the Antelope and Tennant Fires.

August 9, 2021 at 8:14 PM

Moderate fire behavior observed. Evacuation Orders remain in effect. Threats to private timberland, critical wildlife habitat, and to historical and cultural sites. Road and area closures in effect. SW Type 2, Team 4 (Schwope) in command.

August 9, 2021 at 9:21 AM

Containment on the Antelope Fire has held at 24% with minimal growth. Terrain, wind, and vegetation type have challenged suppression efforts; however, firefighters are utilizing handline, dozer line, and defensive burning to minimize fire spread, protect valuable private timber resources, and minimize impacts to the landscape.

Operations: As weather conditions permit, crews are conducting slow and methodical burning operations to connect and strengthen containment lines on the southern fire perimeter near the 43N04 Road. Crews are working to complete a two-mile stretch of containment line to prevent the fire from spreading if the winds shift out of the northwest. Improved visibility allowed helicopters to conduct brief fire suppression flights to help contain spot fires while crews reestablished containment lines around Garner Mountain along the eastern perimeter. Firefighters were also able to contain a 20 to 30-acre fire which had crossed control lines in this area. On the western fire perimeter, crews are still holding the fire to the north side of Picadilly Ridge. Throughout the less active areas of the fire, firefighters continue to protect structures and extinguish any residual heat within the fire perimeter.

Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued Evacuation Orders for the following communities: Tennant, Bray, Mount Hebron, Shasta Wood, Duck Lake, Round Valley area, including Long Prairie Road, Robison Road, and Old State Highway. An Evacuation Warning has been issued for the areas of Red Rock Road, Medicine Lake, Payne Springs and Blanche Lake. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://arcg.is/1mWjWj. The Temporary Evacuation Point has been relocated from Dorris to the Kahtishraam Wellness Center in Yreka, located at 1403 Kahtishraam, Yreka, CA 96097. Residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Weather: Warming and drying trends will begin today. Westerly winds will be light and variable in the morning, with gusts of up to 15 mph in the afternoon. Temperatures will be 85-90 degrees in the valleys and 78-85 degrees on the ridges.

Community Meeting: A community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10, at the Butte Valley Community Center in Dorris, located at 52900 Highway 97. The public is encouraged to join in-person or virtually during the livestream at https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/.

Restrictions: The Klamath National Forest has issued a forest closure around the Antelope and Tennant Fires. The full closure order and map can be found on the Klamath National Forest website.

Smoke: Smoke from the Antelope Fire is impacting many communities in the surrounding area. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. A daily Smoke Forecast Outlook for the Antelope Fire is available at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NorthernCalifornia.

August 8, 2021 at 11:53 AM

Successful firefighting efforts and close coordination with cooperators and partners have helped firefighters achieve 24% containment on the Antelope Fire. Resources are directly attacking the fire from all sides to keep the footprint as small as possible, in an effort to protect valuable timber assets and minimize damage to the land.

Operations: Multiple cooperating agencies and partners, including CAL FIRE and private industry operators, are using heavy equipment to construct firelines and contain numerous spot fires. Crews are building direct handline on the eastern perimeter to contain the fire moving north from the 43N15 Road toward Garner Mountain, and south from the 43N15 Road to connect into the 43N04 Road. Firefighters have been working to contain a 10-acre slopover where fire crossed the existing control line on the far northern perimeter. Firefighters are holding the fire east of Picadilly Ridge while continuing structure assessment and protection to the southwest in the Duck Lake area. Due to the steep, inaccessible terrain on the southern fire perimeter, crews are working to conduct defensive burning operations in small sections to prevent fire spread pushed by northwest winds. Firefighters are igniting control lines by hand along the 43N04 Road to increase their defenses along the southern edge. As weather permits, crews will ignite near the 43N80B Road from Stephens Butte west to False Gap near the origin of the fire.

Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued Evacuation Orders for the following communities: Tennant, Bray, Mount Hebron, Shasta Wood, Duck Lake, Round Valley area, including Long Prairie Road, Robison Road, and Old State Highway. An Evacuation Warning has been issued for the areas of Red Rock Road, Medicine Lake, Payne Springs and Blanche Lake. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://arcg.is/1mWjWj. The Temporary Evacuation Point has been relocated from Dorris to the Kahtishraam Wellness Center in Yreka, located at 1403 Kahtishraam, Yreka, CA 96097. Residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Weather: A weather pattern moving over the Pacific Northwest will switch the winds out of the west-northwest today with afternoon gusts to around 20 mph. Temperatures are predicted at 84 to 89 degrees in the valleys and lower slopes, with 78 to 84 degrees on the ridges. Skies will be sunny with areas of smoke and haze. Overnight temperatures will drop into the 40s and 50s. Conditions are expected to become much warmer and drier as the week progresses.

Restrictions: The Klamath National Forest has issued a forest closure around the Antelope and Tennant Fires. The full closure order and map can be found on the Klamath National Forest website.

Smoke: Smoke from the Antelope Fire is impacting many communities in the surrounding area. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your location to see the latest smoke information. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

August 7, 2021 at 9:54 AM

Firefighters completed several miles of fireline using dozers on the northwestern side of the fire perimeter, achieving 20% containment of the Antelope Fire. Crews continue to reinforce both dozerlines and handlines to secure the northern portion of the fire. The majority of intense fire activity remains on the east and southeast sides, pushed by northwest winds through heavy mixed conifer.

Operations: Firefighters are working directly on the fire’s edge along the southern and eastern portion of the fire to establish control along this section. The Antelope Fire has now spread onto the neighboring Shasta-Trinity National Forest. If the fire continues to advance to the east, fire managers have identified geographic points on the ground where management actions may be needed to protect values such as the Medicine Lake Recreation Area. Firefighters continue structure protection efforts with dozerlines, sprinkler systems, and fire-resistant material around individual homes in Bray and Shasta Wood. Two specialized teams of sawyers are working to remove hazardous trees that may pose a threat to structures in Tennant.

Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders for the following communities: Tennant, Bray, Mount Hebron, Shasta Wood, Duck Lake, Round Valley area south of Red Rock Road, including Long Prairie Road, Robison Road, and Old State Highway. An evacuation warning has been issued for the areas of Medicine Lake, Payne Springs and Blanche Lake. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://arcg.is/1mWjWj. If you are evacuated and need assistance, please call the 24-hour hotline at 530-340-3539. Residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts using CodeRED at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.

Weather: Temperatures will be slightly warmer today with little changes in humidity. Light winds in the morning will increase from the west-southwest in the afternoon with gusts around 20 mph. Winds will diminish after sunset as temperatures cool into the 40s and 50s with a few upper 30s possible in valleys.

Community Meeting: The Incident Management Team hosted a community meeting last night at the Butte Valley Community Center. Local residents attended in-person while over 150 participants viewed the live video on Facebook. At this meeting, the Office of Emergency Services shared information regarding the assessment of damages to structures in Tennant. For more information, please view the full recording at https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/. No account is required to view the video.

Restrictions: The Klamath National Forest has issued a forest closure around the Antelope and Tennant Fires. The full closure order and map can be found on the Klamath National Forest website.

Smoke: Smoke from the Antelope Fire is impacting many communities in the surrounding area. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your location to see the latest smoke information. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

August 7, 2021 at 8:53 AM

Moderate fire behavior reported overnight. Evacuation Orders remain in effect. While the communities of Tennant, Bray, Round Valley, Antelope Creek Area, Fish Camp, Duck Lake, Shasta Wood and Mount Hebron have been evacuated, many residents stayed in place.

Planned actions: Continue point protection for values at risk in all divisions. Dozer line construction will continue where possible on the eastern flank. Dozer line will be held and patrolled on the western flank. Initiate assessments of values at risk on the Shasta Trinity, and Modoc National Forests. Utilize the road system when possible. Maintain mop up along the heal of the fire in division A to secure anchor point. Utilize road system along the eastern flank to limit growth to the east. Night shift will be utilized for burning and holding on both flanks.

August 6, 2021 at 8:57 PM

Active fire behavior with wind driven runs, group torching and spotting. Evacuation Orders remain in effect. Threats to private timberland, critical wildlife habitat, and to historical and cultural sites. SW Type 2, Team 4 (Schwope) in command.

Fuels are dominated by mixed conifer with heavy understory of dead and down, mixed with brush. More open pine stands are being driven by very low fuel moistures in the sage and bitterbrush undergrowth.

Planned actions: Point protection and mop up in Fish Camp and Tennant. Shift in wind direction to the northwest will provide increased chances to contain the western flank of the fire. Continue direct tactics where possible and scout/construct indirect line based on fire activity and resource availability.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders for the following communities: Tennant, Bray, Mount Hebron, Round Valley area south of Red Rock Road, including Long Prairie Road, Robison Road, Old State Highway.

For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, go to: https://arcg.is/1nnHKm0

A Temporary Evacuation Point has been set up at the Dorris City Hall, located at 307 South Main Street, Dorris, CA. If you are evacuated and need assistance or sheltering, please proceed to the Dorris City Hall or call 530-340-3539 for assistance.

August 6, 2021 at 11:07 AM

The Antelope Fire persisted throughout the night with extreme fire behavior and observed flame lengths over 100 feet. Winds blew from the north and west, switching direction throughout the day, causing the fire to grow further east to Garner Mountain. Firefighters remain vigilant in defending structures by cooling down the areas around Tennant, Bray, Shasta Wood, and other small communities in the path of the fire. Structures near the center of the fire remain under threat as the fire continues to burn around them. Firefighters continue to hold inside these communities to protect and secure structures from the advancing fire. After structures are secured, firefighters are moving to attack the fire’s edge directly to gain containment of the fire. The intensity of the main fire continues to cause new spot fires that ignite by embers and burning material carried beyond the fire perimeter.  

Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders for the following communities: Tennant, Bray, Mount Hebron, Shasta Wood, Duck Lake, Round Valley area south of Red Rock Road, including Long Prairie Road, Robison Road, and Old State Highway.

For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://arcg.is/1mWjWj.

A Temporary Evacuation Point has been set up at the Dorris City Hall, located at 307 South Main Street, Dorris, CA. If you are evacuated and need assistance, please proceed to the Dorris City Hall between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. or call the 24-hour hotline at 530-340-3539. Residents are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED, the Siskiyou County rapid emergency notification service, at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert

Weather: Winds have now shifted out of the northwest, with isolated thunderstorms possible until 7:00 p.m. Increased humidity is expected over the next few nights, with afternoon humidity slightly higher after many days of extremely low humidity. Saturday will heat up again ahead of another weather system that will skim by to the north on Sunday. This system will increase winds but could lower temperatures by a few degrees. Another heat wave is likely starting Tuesday next week.  

Smoke: Smoke from the Antelope Fire is impacting many communities in the surrounding area. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your location to see the latest smoke information. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.  

Community Meeting Details: A Facebook account is not required to view the video. If a pop-up box appears when you first navigate to the link, you can use the scroll bar on the right to scroll down to the view and/or click “not now” to minimize the login pop-up. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting, or you can email us your questions in advance at 2021.antelope@firenet.gov. A recording will be posted following the meeting. To protect the health of our firefighters and the public, please wear a face covering and follow CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, if attending the meeting in-person.

August 6, 2021 at 6:47 AM

Moderated overnight fire behavior. Structures remain threatened with Evacuation Orders and Warnings in effect. Southwest Type 2, Team 4 (Schwope) in command.

August 5, 2021 at 9:16 PM

A community meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 6, at the Dorris Community Center, located at 52900 Highway 97. Local residents are invited to attend in-person or watch the community meeting virtually on the Klamath National Forest Facebook Page.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders for the following communities: Tennant, Bray, Mount Hebron, Round Valley area south of Red Rock Road, including Long Prairie Road, Robison Road, Old State Highway.

For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, go to: https://arcg.is/1nnHKm0

A Temporary Evacuation Point has been set up at the Dorris City Hall, located at 307 South Main Street, Dorris, CA. If you are evacuated and need assistance or sheltering, please proceed to the Dorris City Hall or call 530-340-3539 for assistance.