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FireWatch: Antelope Fire burns 71,508 acres, 80% contained

Firefighters are being watchful not to start new fires from vehicles and equipment while they work on the Antelope Fire. The public is reminded that even the smallest spark has the potential to become a large wildfire.

Posted: Sep 5, 2021 9:27 AM

YREAK, Calif. -- The lightening caused Antelope Fire has burned 71,508 acres, and has reached 80% as of Sunday morning after information was released from the U.S. Forest Service for Klamath County National Forest.

Over the Labor Day weekend, people are urged to be careful.

Firefighters are being watchful not to start new fires from vehicles and equipment while they work on the Antelope Fire. The public is reminded that even the smallest spark has the potential to become a large wildfire.

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.

Team Rubicon removed protective wrapping around structures, Saturday, in the Medicine Lake area as fire is no longer threatening that area. It serves communities by mobilizing military veterans and other volunteers to help people prepare, respond and recover from disasters. Sunday, the team will leave the incident.

Firefighters continue to patrol, monitor, mop up and retrieve more than 150 miles of hose from all areas of the Antelope Fire so it can be used on other fires.

Crews will increase the depth of mop up in areas around Red Cap Mountain on the east side of the fire and Rainbow Mountain, Antelope Creek and West Haight Mountain on the west side. Firefighters will continue to patrol Forest Roads 6 and 13 for hot spots.

Sunday, crews will continue removing hazard trees, with flaggers to help with traffic control. Crews completed a chipping operation to grind up woody debris along Forest Road 15 and will be working in the Asperin Butte area. The Southern Area Red Team is supporting the Klamath National Forest with coordinating suppression repair on roads within the fire area. The road group will also work on Forest Road 44N01.

Temperatures will continue to be unseasonably hot through Labor Day. Sunday's high will be in the mid 80s to 90. Light winds will blow from the southwest, up to 10 mph with gusts up to 14 mph. Minimum relative humidity will be 9 to 12%. An approaching Pacific system will increase winds and clouds Tuesday and bring a slight chance of rain. Smoke and haze will linger.

Southwesterly winds will keep pushing most remaining heat back into the fire.

Any new starts will be difficult to control. 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 the most current and accurate evacuation information for Siskiyou County, 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.

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