Red Salmon Complex 35 percent contained, 7,053 acres

The Red Fire, the largest in the complex, remains only 14 percent contained and covers more than 7,000 acres. It constitutes the largest threat for growth as Red Flag conditions emerge on Monday.

Posted: Aug 10, 2020 12:30 PM
Updated: Aug 10, 2020 9:30 PM

UPDATED 08/10/20, 9:28 P.M.--- Hoopa Fire says the Red Salmon Complex has ballooned to 7,053 acres but is now 35 percent contained.

The Red Fire behavior increased on Monday. Hoopa fire says the largest of the fires in the complex had short uphill runs on the west flank of the fire. The Red Fire is now 6,155 acres and 17 percent contained. 

The Salmon Fire is standing at 761 acres. It is now 89 percent contained.

The Jones Point Fire is at 137 acres and 75 percent contained.


ORLEANS, Calif. — Fire crews continue to battle a group of lightning-sparked fires in the forests of Northern California dubbed the Red Salmon Complex, burning just outside of Siskiyou County.

The Red Salmon Complex is primarily located on the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests, south and east of the Siskiyou County line in Humboldt and Shasta counties.

The Red Fire, the largest in the complex, remains only 14 percent contained and covers more than 7,000 acres. It constitutes the largest threat for growth as Red Flag conditions emerge on Monday.

"With significant fire weather forecasted, the possibility of long-range spotting and short-duration crown runs exists," fire officials said. "Fire behavior has been moderated over the past week as an inversion held in place. That inversion has weakened, increasing the possibility that communities will see an increased smoke column from the Red Fire."

The smaller Salmon Fire is 759 acres and 70 percent contained. Fire crews are strengthening containment lines and building hose lays around areas of the fire on Monday. Fire crews have conducted controlled burns in an effort to tie the Red and Salmon fires together.

Officials recently added a new fire to the complex, the Jones Point Fire. Located within the Hoopa Valley Reservation, the 126-acre Jones Point Fire is already contained, with mop-up underway.

"Smoky conditions are forecast across the area today as large fire growth may occur," fire officials said. "Early in the day expect drainage bottoms, especially along the Highway 96 corridor between Willow Creek and Somes Bar, to experience increased smoke impacts. In the afternoon, ventilation is anticipated to improve as winds increase and shift. Areas southeast of the fire may see increased smoke levels in the afternoon and overnight."

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