YREKA, Calif. -- The Antelope Fire in Yreka has burned 71,505 acres and is 77% contained.
Firefighters have been working on containing the fire for more than a month.
Firefighters are warning people to be safe over the labor day weekend as even the smallest spark has the potential to become a large wildfire.
The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has issued a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect through September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD949139.
Friday, September 3, Team Rubicon volunteers rolled hose at the incident command post so it could be returned to the fire cache for use by other fires. Saturday, they will remove protective wrapping around structures in the Medicine Lake area as fire is no longer threatening that area. They will also assess other areas to remove wrap from structures at Mt. Hoffman lookout and Harris Springs. Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing military veterans to help people prepare, respond and recover from disasters.
Firefighters will patrol, monitor, mop up and retrieve hose and other equipment from all areas of the Antelope Fire so they can be used on other fires. They will methodically search along containment lines searching for areas of heat. A few smoldering spots along the fire line in the West Haight Mountain area were detected Friday. They were mopped up and firefighters will continue to cool that area Saturday.
Crews will also increase the depth of mop up in areas around Red Cap Mountain on the east side of the fire and Rainbow Mountain, Antelope Creek, Antelope Creek Lakes and West Haight Mountain on the west side. The only area where line construction remains is near Rainbow Mountain. Firefighters will continue to patrol Forest Roads 6 and 13 for hot spots.
Saturday, crews will continue removing hazard trees, working their way south along Forest Road 6. Crews will also continue a chipping operation to grind up woody debris along Forest Road 15.
Light winds will be variable Saturday morning and blow from the southwest 3 to 5 mph this afternoon with gusts to 14 mph. Highs will be in the mid 80s with minimum relative humidity between 13% to 18%. Warm weather will persist through Labor Day and clouds will increase Tuesday with a slight chance of rain. Weekend winds will be from the south to southwest with afternoon gusts to 14 to 17 mph, increasing to 19 to 22 mph on Tuesday. Minimum relative humidity will be 18 to 25 percent, with highs in the 70s. Periods of smoke and haze will occur each day.
Conditions on the fire line remain extremely receptive to new fire starts. Decreasing relative humidity may increase fire intensity. Interior pockets of unburned vegetation will continue to burn throughout the fire.
Fire activity could increase mid to late afternoon on Saturday. Ground smoldering will continue, but firefighters have made good progress mopping up, which decreases the threat of new fires spotting across containment lines.
Areas of concern include Rainbow Mountain and Antelope Creek, where heat will continue to burn green pockets of vegetation. Heat also remains in the Rainbow Lake, West Haight Mountain and Red Cap Mountain areas.
A Smoke Outlook for the Antelope Fire is available at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NECalifornia.
For information on closures and restrictions visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD949139.
A temporary flight restriction is in effect over the Antelope Fire.
Evacuations: All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted for areas affected by the Antelope Fire except for an evacuation warning remaining in place for the Duck Lake area. For the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, please visit: https://www.211disasterupdate.com/2021-siskiyou-fires. 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