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FireWatch: Antelope Fire burns 71,447 acres, 50% contained

A virtual community meeting will be held on the Klamath National Forest Facebook page.

Posted: Aug 29, 2021 10:00 AM

YREKA, Calif. -- The Antelope Fire has burned a total of 71,447 acres and is 50% contained as of Sunday morning.

A virtual community meeting will be held August 29 at 6 p.m. on the Klamath National Forest Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/.

Firefighters today are working to prevent new fire starts and encourages community members to be vigilant.

Saturday brought hot and dry conditions with relative humidity bottoming out at 12 percent.

Fire was active in several areas of the Antelope Fire still retaining heat.

Light winds helped firefighters make good progress deepening the width of mop up near fire lines 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.

Sunday is the third day of abnormally hot and dry weather. This weather is promoting conditions for active fire behavior. Southwest winds will help firefighters keep the fire within established lines and safely build new lines. They will also watch for spot fires in unburnt areas east of firelines. Crews will also continue to patrol, monitor, and mop up along fire lines through the day and night.

Saturday, 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 Sunday as intense heat remains in the West Haight Mountain area. Crews will continue the mop up to create depth on containment lines.

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 Saturday, firefighters focused on cooling hot spots around Red Cap Mountain and from Squaw Peak to Red Cap Mountain. Sunday, 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, focusing on Haight Mountain to Filson Springs. More crews arrived to pull and stack hose and will continue that work. 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 areas.

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 and dry conditions will persist Sunday with winds blowing from the southwest 6 to 10 mph with afternoon gusts up to 14 mph.Some areas 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.

Restrictions: National forest lands in the Tahoe, Modoc, Klamath, Plumas, Shasta-Trinity, Lassen, Six Rivers and Mendocino National Forests and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit remain closed under Regional Order 21-04 until September 6th. (https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd945702.pdf). A temporary flight restriction is in effect over the Antelope Fire.

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.

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