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Happy Camp Complex Hits 57,000 Acres

8-30 happy campHAPPY CAMP, Calif. — The Happy Camp Complex is exploding in size, growing from under 45,000 acres to 57,722 since Friday.

Nearly 2,000 firefighters continue to battle that blaze just outside of Happy Camp, CA. On Friday evening the Faulkstein fire saw significant activity, with shifting winds shooting embers from the main body of the fire. Structure protection crews have been brought in to assist in Happy Camp, Elk Creek, Seiad, Hamburg, Kelsey Creek, and Scott Bar — all of which are considered threatened.

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Scott River Road from Bridge Flat to the intersection of Hwy 96. All areas south of Hwy 96 between Scott River Road down river to Cade Summit are also under mandatory evacuations. Advisories are in place for all areas north of Hwy 96 between Scott River Road and Grider Creek. An evacuation center has been set up at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds.

Fire crews will also be implementing traffic controls along parts of Hwy 96 starting Saturday evening at 5:00.

Fires are expected to remain active throughout Saturday night, with rolling materials and tree torching creating a risk for spread. Fire officials will be holding two community meetings Saturday night — one at 6:00pm at the Seiad Fire Station and the other at 7:00pm at the Karuk Tribe Senior Nutrition Center.