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Red Salmon Complex is now 35 percent contained and 12,856 acres

The Red Fire and Salmon Fire were discovered on July 27. Crews identified the fire to be lightning caused, burning in the Trinity Alps Wilderness on the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests.

Posted: Aug 16, 2020 10:05 AM
Updated: Aug 16, 2020 9:53 PM

UPDATE 08/16/20, 9:50 p.m.--- The U.S. Forest Service says the Red Salmon Complex has grown to 12,856 acres. The fire is still 35 percent contained. 

The Red Fire now sits at 12,049 acres and 19 percent containment. The U.S. Forest Service says fire lines held today, although a few spot fires were detected west of Packsaddle Ridge. The spots were successfully lined and will be closely monitored. Operations overnight will focus on strengthening lines along the western edge of the fire as weather allows.

The Salmon Fire is still 807 acres and 79 percent containment. 


UPDATE 08/16/20--The U.S. Forest Service is saying The Red Salmon Complex is at 12,101 acres and 35% contained.

Red Fire: The fire is 11,294 acres and 19% contained. The fire has grown by more than one-thousand acres since Saturday morning. Cleanup operations continues on the northeast and north areas increasing the containment lines along the fires edge.

All spot fires north and east of Indian Rock have been contained and will continue to be mopped up and monitored.

The fire continues to spread however, it remains within containment lines of the west, south and east boundaries.

The Salmon Fire remains at 807 acres and 79% contained. Mop up operations will continue increasing and strengthening the containment line.

Fire Resources currently working on the fire include:

30 crews.

15 helicopters.

36 engines.

15 bulldozers.

34 water tenders.

Air Quality: Smoke in the valleys is creating unhealthy morning air conditions.

A Red Flag Warning will be in effect for the fire and surrounding areas due to expected abundant lighting.


UPDATE 08/15/20-- The U.S. Forest Service is saying The Red Salmon Complex is at 12,101 acres and 35% contained.

Red Fire: The fire is 11,294 acres and 19% contained. The fire has grown by more than one-thousand acres since this morning. Cleanup operations continues on the northeast and north areas increasing the containment lines along the fires edge. All spot fires north and east of Indian Rock have been contained and will continue to be mopped up and monitored.

The fire continues to spread however, it remains within containment lines of the west, south and east boundaries.

Today, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, were used in the Mill Creek, Red Cap Creek and Black Mountain. They were strategically used to ignite low intensity fires and consume unburned fuels between containment lines and the main fire.

The Salmon Fire remains at 807 acres and 79% contained. Mop up operations will continue increasing and strengthening the containment line.

Fire Resources currently working on the fire include:

30 crews.

15 helicopters.

36 engines.

15 bulldozers.

34 water tenders.


UPDATE 08/15/20-- The U.S. Forest Service is saying The Red Salmon Complex is 10,895 acres and 35% contained.

Red Fire: The fire is 10,088 acres and 19% contained. Cleanup operation continues on the northeast and north areas increasing the containment lines along the fires edge. All spot fires north and east of Indian Rock have been contained and will continue to be mopped up and monitored.

Today will see most of the fire activity on the north side in the Mill Creek, Red Cap Creek, and Black Mountain especially later in the afternoon.

Fire operations will continue on the northwest line from Black mountain, along the west and southwest edge of the fire as conditions permit.

Firefighters are prepping indirect lines from Salmon Mountain down to Devils Backbone and may begin firing operations.Two hotshot crews continue to attack the fire using direct and indirect methods, with the help of aircraft as smoke permits.

Efforts are focused on keeping the spot fire as small as possible in this rugged terrain and insuring the safety of firefighters.

The Salmon Fire remains at 807 acres and 79% contained. Mop up operations will continue increasing and strengthening the containment line.


UPDATE 08/09/20 11:19 P.M.-- The U.S. Forest Service is saying that the Red Salmon Complex 5,977 acres and is now 30 percent contained.

The Red Fire is measured at 5,218 acres and 14 percent contained.

Fire activity was moderate today on the Red Fire, as fire crews made significant progress along the northern edge of the fire. 

The Salmon Fire is 759 acres and 70 percent contained. The complex remains at 30 percent contained because The Salmon Fire is smaller in compression to the complex.

Today, crews worked to strengthen indirect lines on the west flank of the fires. Yesterday, crews made significant progress along the fire’s northern edge, putting fire on the ground east of Black Mountain heading west along Lubbs Trail and Forest Road 10N01 to the Salmon Summit Trailhead.

From there crews worked to connect the firing operations with the Salmon Fire to just south of Salmon Mountain. These firing operations are backing down from containment lines to the main fire to prevent fire from spreading across it.

Yesterday, a new fire joined the complex. The fire dubbed, The Jones Point Fire, was started on the Hoopa Valley Reservation just north of Willow Creek, California. The fire is at 132 acres and crews have discovered that the fire was human caused. 

Crews have lines around the entire fire and the line is a mix of dozer line, handline and wet line.


UPDATE 08/09/20-- A red flag warning has been issued Sunday and Monday for the fire area.

The Red Salmon Complex 5,977 acres and 12 percent contained.

The Red Fire is 5,218 acres and 5 percent contained.

The Salmon Fire is 759 acres and 29 percent contained. The complex remains at 12 percent contained because The Salmon Fire is small in compression to the complex. 

Today, crews will work to strengthen indirect lines on the west flank of the fires. Yesterday, crews made significant progress along the fire’s northern edge, putting fire on the ground east of Black Mountain heading west along Lubbs Trail and Forest Road 10N01 to the Salmon Summit Trailhead.

From there crews worked to connect the firing operations with the Salmon Fire to just south of Salmon Mountain. These firing operations are backing down from containment lines to the main fire to prevent fire from spreading across it. 

UPDATED 08/08/20 9:09 p.m.--- The US Forest Service Department of Agriculture is providing an update on the Red Salmon Fire Complex. The complex is now 12 percent contained at 4,620 acres.

The Red Fire is now five percent contained at 3,689 acres. The US Forest Service says crews made significant progress along the fire's northern edge.

The Salmon Fire is now at 751 acres and 29 percent contained. The fire is holding along lines in the Eightmile Creek drainage and Backbone Ridge. Crews are working to bolster lines along Salmon Summit Ridge and the fire is staying within its current footprint.


ORLEANS, Cali ---The Red Salmon Complex is now 4,617 acres and is 12 percent contained.

A hotter, drier weekend weather forecast over the Red Salmon Complex brings the potential for fire growth, as humidity drops.

The Red Fire is 3,866 acres and 0% contained. 

The Salmon Fire is 751 acres and 12% contained. Fire crews worked to strengthen lines along Salmon Summit Ridge and the fire is staying within the footprint of previous fires. 

Saturday, August 8th the Red-Salmon Fire Complex Forest Closure takes effect on August 8, 2020.

All National Forest System roads within the Red-Salmon Fire Complex Closure Area are closed as well as:

  • Forest Road Nos. 07N53 (Grizzly Camp),
  • 07N15 (Fawn Ridge),
  • 10N05 (Upper Leary Creek),
  • 10N01 (Trinity Summit), and
  • 07N10 (Lone Pine Ridge).
  • All National Forest System trails within the Red-Salmon Fire Complex Closure Area are closed as well as: Forest Trail Nos.
  • 6E04 (Orleans Mt Trail),
  • 5438 (Nordheimer),
  • 12W08 (East Fork New River), and
  • 12W02 (Salmon Summit). Big Rock River Access.

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