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Smokejumpers deploy to lightning-sparked fires scattered in the Klamath National Forest

The US Forest Service has identified 10 small fires throughout the Klamath National Forest, with smokejumpers now working to contain them while they're still small.

Posted: Jun 25, 2021 5:49 PM
Updated: Jun 25, 2021 5:52 PM

YREKA, Calif. — The US Forest Service has identified 10 small fires throughout the Klamath National Forest, with fire crews and teams of smokejumpers now working to contain them while they're still small.

Officials said that the recent series of thunderstorms brought "abundant lightning" through the forest on June 24, sparking a number of small fires.

“We are actively working to suppress all fires and are utilizing the additional resources we brought in ahead of yesterday’s lightning to keep the fires as small as possible,” said Mike Appling, Forest Fire Management Officer for the Klamath National Forest. “We also brought in smokejumpers from Redding to deploy onto the fires that are too remote to reach quickly with ground resources.”

The Forest Service listed the following known fires, with various degrees of containment:

Goosenest Ranger District

  • The La Honda Fire in the Long Prairie area is 0.01 acres and is called out.
  • The Wallow Fire on the southeast flank of Goosenest Mountain is 0.01 acres and is contained.
  • The Deer Fire two miles north-northeast of Little Deer Mountain is 0.25 acres and is lined.

Salmon / Scott Rivers Ranger District

  • The Salmon Scott Complex encompasses seven fires.
  • The Russian Fire in the Russian Wilderness, near Russian Lake is 0.5 acres and is staffed with smokejumpers.
  • The Jones Fire on Blue Ridge near Jones Lake is 0.1 acres and is in patrol status.
  • The Jennings Fire about 1 mile north of Matthews Creek Campground, near Black Bear Creek is 0.25 acres with firefighters on scene.
  • The French Fire in French Gulch within the Trinity Alps Wilderness is 0.5 acres and has smokejumpers assigned to it.
  • The Boulder Fire in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, southwest of East Boulder Lake is 0.01 acres and is staffed.
  • The Telephone Fire in the Trinity Alps Wilderness near Telephone Lake is 0.01 acres and is staffed.
  • A new fire has been confirmed in the Yellow Jacket Ridge area.

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