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Red Salmon Complex increases by about 1,500 acres

The US Forest Service Department of Agriculture says the Red Salmon Complex has grown to 39,149 acres and 19 percent contained.

Posted: Aug 22, 2020 8:29 PM
Updated: Sep 6, 2020 8:17 PM

UPDATE, 9/06/20--- On Sunday the Red Salmon Complex grew by about 1,500 acres and still remains at 19 percent containment.

The U.S. Forest Services says that weak winds in the area caused the fire to not spread as far as it has over the past couple days.

Fire crews are continuing to clear historical lines that were created during the 2013 Corral Fire.

The Salmon Fire remains at 807 acres burned with 79 percent containment while the Red Fire grew to more than 36, 831 acres and is 19 percent contained.

Currently there are 10 crews, 26 engines, 7 dozers, 5 helicopters, 27 water tenders and more than 700 people working on this fire.

The U.S. Forest service also says that the complex is estimated to be fully contained by September 30.


UPDATE, 9/05/20 ---Friday, the Red Salmon Complex had saw substantial growth.

Friday's operations:

•Crews using air operations to drop water buckets and backhaul equipment and supplies:  
• Fire activity in Eightmile Creek increased and reached the south end of the Salmon Fire.
• The southwest corner of the fire saw growth in the headwaters of Tish Tang Creek and north towards Horse
Trail Ridge.
• Fire continued to fill in the unburned area within the fire perimeter at the headwaters of Nordheimer Creek.
• Firefighters began to open historical lines around the southwest corner of the fire and improving line along
10N02 Road.
• Firefighters continued to patrol the northeast portion of the fire where moderate fire behavior was observed at
Nordheimer Creek and China Cree

Saturday's plan for fire crew include:

•Crews to clear historical lines created during the Corral Fire of 2013 near the fire perimeter in
the southwest area of the fire.
• The 10N02 Road will serve as a primary line for future tactical firing operations to contain fire east of the Hoopa
Valley Reservation, as tactical resources and weather allow..
• Along the northwestern and northeastern flanks of the fire, crews will continue to patrol and mop-up along the
containment lines.


UPDATE, 8/23/20 8:56 P.M.--- The US Forest Service Department of Agriculture says the Red Salmon Complex has grown to 19,365 acres and is 41 percent contained.

Today, fire crews were able to make progress with tactical firing operations along High Point Ridge. However progress was slow due to on-going and unfavorable wind conditions. 

Tonight, crews will try to increase burning distance as long as winds in the area remain manageable.

A red flag warning is in effect for tonight into tomorrow due to passing thunderstorms that won't develop at least until tomorrow morning.

Right now, there are 17 crews, 10 helicopters, 25 engines, 5 bulldozers and 43 water tenders working on the complex.

The Red Fire is now at 18,558 acres and is 41 percent contained while the Salmon Fire is standing at 807 acres and is 79 percent contained.

NewsWatch 12 will continue to bring updates as they come in for the US Forest Service Department of Agriculture.


UPDATE, 08/22/20, 8:19 P.M.--- The US Forest Service Department of Agriculture says the Red Salmon Complex has grown to 18,960 acres and 39 percent contained. 

Right now, there 18 crews, 10 helicopters, 29 engines, 6 bulldozers, and 42 water tenders working on the fire. 

The Red Fire is now at 18,153 acres and 19 percent contained. 

The Salmon Fire is standing at 807 acres and 79 percent contained. 

NewsWatch 12 will continue to bring updates as they come in for the US Forest Service Department of Agriculture. 

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