HAPPY CAMP, Calif. – Quick fire growth on the Happy Camp Complex forced mandatory evacuations for some areas near the fire.
The Falkstein Fire, one of several on the complex, grew by more than 2,000 acres Wednesday. As a result, mandatory evacuations are in place for Scott River Road from Bridge Flat to the intersection of Highway 96, as well as all areas south of Highway 96 between Scott River Road and Girder Creek.
An evacuation advisory is also in effect for areas north of Highway 96 between Scott River Road and Girder Creek. Crews said no structures have burned.
As of Wednesday afternoon the entire complex was 32, 239 acres in size and 20 percent contained. Of the several fires that make up the complex, the largest is the Frying Pan Fire, which is 26,679 acres in size. The Falkstein Fire is now 5,225 acres in size.
Crews said it has been a slow firefight, because the burn area is located in steep, remote terrain. Crews have been concerned about snags, which are burned dead trees that have the potential to fall and roll downhill. Two firefighting vehicles were damaged by falling trees, but no one was hurt. Helicopters and air tankers have also had difficulty flying over the area because of the thick smoke that has settled over the region.
Crews said firefighter and public safety is their number one priority on the fire, and said they will continue to construct fire lines around the complex in order to increase the containment.
A shelter has been established at Winema Hall, Siskiyou County Fairgrounds,Yreka. Domestic pets will be allowed at the shelter. If you are in need of assistance with livestock please contact Sheriff’s Dispatch at 841-2900.
For additional information contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department at (530) 841-2900, for fire information please access <inciweb.org> Select Fort Complex, then select the Happy Camp Complex