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FireWatch: McCash Fire burns 52,918 acres, 6% contained

Firefighters began a small, slow firing operation Friday to secure the northern edge of the spot fire in the Buckhorn Bear area east of Elk Creek.

Posted: Sep 4, 2021 11:19 AM

EUREKA, Calif.– An infrared flight over the McCash Fire showed the fire is 52,918 acres. Thef ire is 6 percent contained. There are 438 people assigned to the incident.

Firefighters began a small, slow firing operation Friday to secure the northern edge of the spot fire in the Buckhorn Bear area east of Elk Creek. This operation is following existing road systems and dozer line east of Cougar Creek Road. Firing will continue Saturday, if wind and weather conditions allow. Crews are also using heavy equipment to prepare a contingency line along Frying Pan Ridge, in the event the fire moves that far north.

Crews continue to secure the dozer line on Independence Ridge to Johnson’s Hunting Ground, making progress toward declaring more of the line contained. They have put hand line, dozer line, and hose lines around the areas where the fire had moved or spotted across the line. Firefighters are also improving Chicken Ladder Road and Titus Ridge Road, creating additional contingency lines to block potential fire movement to the east or west, should the fire breach the northern contingency line.

The Highway 96 Structure Group continues to support operations along the dozer line on Independence Ridge to Johnson’s Hunting Ground. Firefighters are also patrolling the 96 corridor, including areas west of the highway, checking for any evidence of spot fires. No spot fires have been detected west of the Klamath River or the highway.

The Elk Creek Structure Group is assessing structures in the southern end of Happy Camp. They are beginning to implement point protection around some structures as needed. This is a precautionary measure. The fire isn’t expected to reach Happy Camp based on suppression efforts, weather, and fire behavior.

Crews working on the west side have contained the fire from Carter Creek Road in the north to Iron Phone Road in the south. Firefighters are using a dozer and masticator to create a contingency line along the Iron Phone Road on the fire’s southern edge. They have moved beyond the washed-out section of the road and are continuing through the 2017 Haypress Fire scar with the goal of taking the contingency line to Black Mountain.

Great Basin Team 3 continues to use infrared flights to track the fire’s progression in the Marble Mountain Wilderness on the southeast side of the fire. Heavy smoke has prevented traditional recon flights over the fire for several days. That is not expected to change Saturday. The fire is moving slowly on the south side of Medicine Mountain, backing down to Wooley Creek drainage. As the appropriate resources become available, firefighters will look at options for engaging the fire in the wilderness.

Weather will be hot and dry which is expected to be the norm for the next several days.

Temperatures are predicted to reach the 90s in the Klamath Valley, with low humidity and minimal wind. There is a 15% chance of showers or thunderstorms on Tuesday. Winds associated with the passing cold front could help move some of the smoke from the McCash Fire out of the area, but may bring in smoke from other nearby fires.

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.

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