YREKA, Ca. — With Saturday, July 3rd, being one of the hottest and driest days this past week, fire activity on the Tennant Fire displayed active behavior, especially along the eastern flank. This activity is occurring along the Old Tennant Fire burn scar from 2009, with fuels consisting of dead and down material. The western flank has pockets of dead fuel that continue to burn, which until they can be mopped up fully, poses the threat of spot fires. As of 6 A.M. July 4th, the fire has burned 10,407 acres, and has a containment level of 29%.
Resources have made tremendous progress in containing the Tennant Fire, and mop up procedures have started along the southwestern and northern points of the perimeter. Crews remain active in engaging hot spots along the southeastern points of the fire. Fire suppression tactics will continue to be constructing and strengthening direct fire line, as well preparing for any possible increased fire activity. With a heat advisory in effect until Sunday, July 4th, resources will be focused on keeping the fire held to its current perimeter and responding to spot fires as quickly as possible.
There are currently 768 personnel assigned to the Tennant Fire, including 22 hand crews, 47 engines, 14 dozers, 20 water tenders, and 4 helicopters.
Dry conditions and above average heat continues today. Afternoon cumulus cloud development is possible along higher terrain with only a slight chance (5-10%) of an isolated shower or thunderstorm in the vicinity of the fire. Typical SW-W breezes are expected again this afternoon with an evening wind shift out of the northwest. Moderate humidity recovery is expected along upper slopes and ridge-tops with better recovery through the valleys. A persistent hot and dry pattern looks to continue next week.
Evacuation Orders and Warnings are in effect for areas surrounding the Tennant Fire. Up-to-date information regarding evacuations can be viewed at an interactive map managed by the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services: https://arcg.is/1CrfH40.
The cause of the Tennant Fire is still under investigation.
Fire information can also be found on Facebook @KlamathNF, Twitter @Klamath_NF, and InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7584/.