EUREKA, Calif. -- An infrared flight over the McCash Fire on the night of Augut 27 shows the fire is 29,479 acres and 1% contained.
Fire activity increased Friday due to warmer, drier weather and clearer skies. Despite an increase in fire activity, all three helicopters were able to support firefighters’ suppression efforts on the ground throughout the day.
Spot fires were detected east of Ti Bar and on the southwest corner of the fire near road 13N51Y. Crews worked overnight to contain them.
Firefighters did have an opportunity to continue improving the line. Improvements were made along road 15N08 in the Elk Creek area and the 13N12 road east of Patterson. Over the next few days, crews also plan to work on improving 13N11 into the 2017 Haypress burn area.
The night shift firefighters worked on holding and securing the line on the western edge of the fire, assisting with containing the spot fires from the day shift.
Structure assessments are still being made in the Highway 96 corridor up to the Clear Creek area. North of the fire, local Klamath National Forest resources prepped Forest Service structures at the end of Elk Creek Road. In the coming days, they will continue to work their way north from the end of Elk Creek Road to assess structures.
The focus today will be on securing and improving the existing line, especially on the west flank of the fire. Crews will continue to mop up the spot fires from Friday and will continue to look for potential spotting across the line. Helicopter support for these efforts will be available again today as visibility allows.
Sunday, August 29, Caltrans will begin bridgework at mile marker 37.3, east of Orleans, on Highway 96. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 5 minute delays. For the safety of road crews and firefighters, please use extra caution when traveling Highway 96.
Evacuations: For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, visit the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff or the county evacuation map at https://bit.ly/SiskiyouEvacMap.
Weather: Today and tomorrow will be the peak of the hot weather trend this week, with temperatures in the 90s throughout much of the fire area. Relative humidity is predicted to fall to 8-15%. Winds are expected to be terrain-driven with upper ridge lines seeing light, northerly winds.
No Drone Zone: A temporary flight restriction remains in place over the McCash Fire. Flying a hobbyist drone over a fire puts everyone at risk and hinders firefighting suppression efforts. If you fly, we must groundall aircraft, due to the dangers unauthorized drones pose to firefighting aircraft.
All residents are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED Emergency Alert at: https://bit.ly/CodeRedSiskiyou.
Road information can be found by calling 1-800-427-7623