ORLEANS, Calif. -- Firefighters and equipment are improving community protection along the southwestern, western and northern portions of the McCash Fire.
Some action being taken by firefighters includes a hose lay, building hand lines, setting up sprinklers, and removing fuels.
Overall, the fire activity was quiet on Friday morning and increased Friday afternoon as the temperatures became hotter.
On the east side, the fire moved at a moderate rate of spread into the Marble Mountain Wilderness.
Flames moved toward Cuddihy Lakes, consuming dead and down fuels.
On the south end, the fire is slowly moving through the 2017 Haypress Fire burn scar. Movement to the north continues towards the 15N17 road system.
Late Friday afternoon on the west side, the fire crossed Panther Creek burning timber and brush. Crews are monitoring the west edge and are looking for opportunities for burnout operations as conditions allow.
Six Rivers National Forest Services asks people to slow down and drive safely along Hwy 96 to protect firefighters and the public.
Weather: Gusty northwest winds continued Friday into the afternoon with gusts over ridges falling between 10 and 17 mph at area RAWS stations.
Temperatures have reached the upper 70s to upper 80s, while humidity levels dropped into the upper teens and lower 20s in the afternoon after moderate morning recovery of 60-75 percent.
Moderate humidity is expected again, with afternoon humidity dropping into the low 20s. High temperatures will reach mid-70s to upper 80s with a light northwest wind.
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, firefighting aircraft must be grounded due to the dangers unauthorized drones pose to firefighting aircraft.
Smoke: Smoke is impacting communities near the McCash fire and neighboring fires in northern California.
For current air quality information go to: https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/resources/health-air-pollution
Evacuations: Updated evacuations can be found at https://www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff or at: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html.
All residents are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED Emergency Alert at: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert.
Closures and Restrictions: Visit the following sites for specific forest information:
Six Rivers NF https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/srnf/alerts-notices
Klamath NF https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices
For further information, visit the following links:
Twitter: @SixRiversNF or https://bit.ly/SixRiversNFTwitter