New Fire Starts & More Lightning Likely


YREKA, Calif. – A total of 42 new fire starts have been discovered across the Klamath National Forest, all lightning-induced, since last Wednesday, August 7th.

Officials say there have been more than 1,400 strikes in total. Each of the fires is currently staffed, if not contained. Of the fires, there are four uncontained on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District and one on the Scott-Salmon River Ranger District. Four fires on the Goosenest Ranger District are all contained. The largest of the fires is estimated to be one acre in size for a total of just over 15 acres for all of the fires in combination.

None of these burns are threatening homes or other structures at the time being. Fire managers expect hold-over fires to become more visible as a calmer air mass moves into place and warmer as well as drier weather returns.

With firefighting resources spread quite thin at the moment due to other large fires along the Salmon River, crews are putting their best foot forward across tough and inaccessible terrain to catch these lightning starts before they get big. Into Monday evening, the thunderstorm threat will continue for Siskiyou County and the Klamath Basin.