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Red Salmon Complex Fire grows as hot temperatures could make conditions worse

The Red Salmon Complex Fire grows to 111,063 thousand acres and is currently 31 percent contained.

Posted: Sep 12, 2020 10:10 AM
Updated: Sep 27, 2020 9:54 AM

UPDATE: The Red Salmon Complex, which is located 14 miles north of Willow Creek, CA, has grown by about one thousand acres and is now at 111,063 acres burned and is at 31 percent containment.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued to the surrounding area of the complex as Hot, dry and breezy weather conditions start today, and are projected to continue into next week. Fire Crews fear that northeast winds may result in improved burning conditions and could lead to increased fire behavior along the southeast flank of the fire. Firefighters predict that throughout the fire area, interior islands may burn and the fire will continue backing down slopes, which will most likely produce more smoke in several local communities.

Last night, the fire spread toward the northeast towards Knownothing Creek and towards the southwest near Horse Linto Creek, resulting in a slight increase in the fire's perimeter.

The Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests is still closed to all public use until further notice. Some Shasta-Trinity National Forest lands east of the Red Salmon Fire Complex are open though for public use. But campfires, gas stores, smoking and outdoor barbeque grills on houseboats are still prohibited.

(Updated 9/27/20 9 a.m.)


UPDATE: The complex fire is now 101,587 acres and is 19% contained.

Friday rain helped keep fire levels lows. 

People in the area are now allowed to return home, the Siskiyou County Sheriff has reduced evacuation orders for Forks of Salmon to an evacuation warning. 


UPDATE: 9/12/20, 10:40 P.M. -- The U.S. forest service is reporting that the Red Salmon Complex has grown by a few hundred acres since this morning, but has lost another two percent in containment.

Currently, the complex has burned 85,288 acres and is 16 percent contained.


The Red Salmon Complex Fire is still currently burning on the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Shasta-Trinity National Forests within Humboldt,
Siskiyou, and Trinity Counties.

The fire is now 84,880 acres and 18 percent contained with 775 personnel working on the fire. Crews have made significant process yesterday on September 11th. 

Today, crews will be working on fire containment and firing operations. 

The air quality today is filled with heavy smoke from the Red Salmon Complex and other fires in nearby areas.

The Trinity County Sheriff's office has lifted the evacuation warning as of 8 a.m. today for the community of Denny. However, The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office has issued an eveacuation warning for all of Forks of Salmon, from Butter Flat to ten miles east of Forks of Salmon and south to Plummer Creek on Cecil Ville Road. 

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