Active Wildfires Information

(Fires in or effecting Del Norte County)

Natchez

8/13/18

8/13 Public Meeting Tonight in Happy Camp

There will be a public meeting tonight, Monday, August 13th in Happy Camp at the Grange.
Air Quality Update
 

August 13, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Air Quality Public Service Announcement

Wildfires remain active throughout Oregon and Northern California. The fires with the potential to impact our area (depending on conditions) continue to be the Klondike/Taylor and Natchez Fire (Southern Oregon), Carr and Hirz Fire (Shasta/Eastern Trinity County), and the Mendocino Complex (Lake/Mendocino County).

Humboldt & Del Norte
Inland Humboldt and Del Norte County will continue to see increased smoke impacts from the fires. River drainages will continue to see increased smoke impacts due to inversion conditions. Air quality conditions in the drainages are expected to be “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”. Orleans and Hoopa may experience extended periods of “Unhealthy” depending on conditions.
Smoke from the Oregon fires will continue to make its way along the Coast where conditions can range of “Good” to “Moderate” with periods of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”. Smoke from the Mendocino Complex is expected to make its way northward into the inland areas where conditions can range from “Good” to “Moderate” with periods of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” depending on location.

Trinity County
Air quality conditions for Weaverville, Lewiston, and Eastern Trinity County are forecast to be primarily “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” conditions depending on proximity.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) monitors are presently in Crescent City, Gasquet, Klamath, Weitchpec, Orleans, Hoopa, Eureka, Weaverville, Lewiston, and Garberville. 

Updates will be provided as conditions change. For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll- free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329).
Everyone should avoid any outdoor activity
Fire information can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or at www.calfire.ca.gov. Current weather information can be found at www.wrh.noaa.gov.

 

8/10/18

Air Quality Update

August 10 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Air Quality Public Service Announcement

Wildfires remains active throughout Oregon and Northern California. The fires with the potential to impact our area (depending on conditions) continue to be the Klondike/Taylor and Natchez Fire (Southern Oregon), Carr Fire (Shasta/Eastern Trinity County), and the Mendocino Complex (Lake/Mendocino County).

Humboldt & Del Norte
Inland Humboldt and Del Norte County will see improved air quality from the Oregon fires through early Sunday morning. However, river drainages closer to the Oregon fires will continue to see smoke inversion conditions in the morning, with periods of haze and smoke depending on conditions.

Air quality along the coast will be “Good” to “Moderate”. In Southern Humboldt, inland areas north of the Mendocino Complex such as Garberville, are expected to have widespread haze with generally “Good” to “Moderate” conditions. Smoke from the Mendocino Complex is expected to head to the Northeast but bringing some periods of smoke haze.

Trinity County
Improved air quality today for Eastern Trinity County and Weaverville is expected with the change in winds aloft. The region is forecast to have “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” conditions through Sunday, depending proximity to the fire. A return to high pressure at the beginning of the week will bring a return of decreased smoke dispersion to this area.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) monitors are presently in Crescent City, Gasquet, Klamath, Weitchpec, Orleans, Hoopa, Weaverville, Eureka, and Garberville.

Updates will be provided as conditions change.

For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at 1-866- BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329).

Fire information can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or at www.calfire.ca.gov.

Current weather information can be found at www.wrh.noaa.gov.

Health Information for Smoke Impacts
Concentrations of smoke may vary depending upon location, weather, and distance from the fire. Smoke from wildfires and structure fires contain harmful chemicals that can affect your health. Smoke can cause eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficult

Fire Update

Weather:A cold front will decrease temperatures slightly today. It will be partly cloudy with increasing winds and decreasing smoke. Morning winds will be from the S-SW, but shift to W-SW in the early afternoon at 15 to 25 mph in the saddles, gusting to 30 mph on the ridgetops. Humidity will drop as the trough begins pushing dry air downwards. Gusty winds are expected through Saturday. Sunday through Tuesday will bring another warming, drying pattern.

Max temps: Lower 90s in the valleys to lower 80s on the ridges

Yesterday’s Activities:Sixteen Australian firefighters have arrived at Happy Camp to provide support as crew bosses, task force leaders, division supervisors and helicopter crew members. Firefighters continued to secure the north half of the fire, focusing on mop up and patrol. Crews also strengthened firelines on the south and east sides of the fire. Crews worked along South Fork Indian Creek mopping up and using low intensity hand ignition to secure the fireline as fire backed downhill toward hose lays and pumps placed along the creek. Aircraft completed water drops to hold and secure the southwest side of the fire. Direct line and hose lay was completed immediately north of Mud Lake and direct line construction began east of Mud Lake. Reconnaissance continued for additional direct line opportunities on the southwest side of the fire.

Today’s Activities:The objective continues to be protecting structures, communities and other high values to the east and south of the Natchez Fire. Because of predicted increased winds, additional engines and crews have arrived and staffing will be increased on the east. A contingency line is prepped and ready in case there are spot fires south of the South Fork Indian Creek. Mop up and patrol will continue on the north half of the fire and on the east side south of Kelly Lake. Aircraft will be used, if smoke and weather conditions permit, to hold and secure the southwest side of the fire. Firefighters will work to secure the direct line constructed east of Mud Lake. Opportunities to construct additional direct line will be pursued. Firefighters will continue to secure the fire edge on the southeast portion of the fire. Clearing and brush chipping will continue along Grayback Road.

Evacuations:The community of Sunstar has been placed in a Level 1 evacuation “Ready” status. Del Norte County, CA, including the community of Sunstar, has adopted the Oregon three level evacuation process. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation order for two residences near the terminus of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and an evacuation warning for all residences accessed by the South Fork Road (Rd 17N32); all residences accessed by the Grayback Road north of the junction of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and Grayback Road which may result in temporary delays.

Closures: Closure Orders are in effect on Klamath National Forest and Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest within the vicinity of the Natchez Fire. Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Natchez Fire Closure Area is prohibited. Information about closures and maps of closure areas specific to the Natchez Fire on both the Klamath and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests can be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5948/.

Grayback Road (Forest Highway 48) remains open to public travel. Short-term delays may occur.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area for non-firefighting aircraft, including drones.

Be sure to check National Forest websites for information about current conditions: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-noticeswww.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices

8/9/18

Natchez Fire Information(New Number): 530-493-1524, 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

Community Meeting:There will be a Fire Information meeting at 6:00 pm, tonight, Thursday, August 9th, at the Grange in Happy Camp.

Weather:Continued hot, mostly sunny with areas of smoke. Winds will be SW in the morning at 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph on ridgetops. Afternoon winds will shift westerly and down valley. Windy conditions will continue through Saturday night before a warming and drying pattern returns. Maximum temperatures: Low 100’s in Happy Camp to 80’s on ridges.

Yesterday’s Activities:Firefighters continued to hold, mop up and patrol firelines on the entire north half of the fire; this area continues to become more secure. Yesterday’s work focused on improving lines on the south and east sides of the fire in anticipation of windier conditions expected later today through Saturday. The fire is being monitored as it slowly backs downhill towards the control lines at South Fork Indian Creek. Mop up was completed on the 2.3 acre spot fire north of Kelly Lake. Limited low intensity hand ignition continued in the east and southeast parts of the fire to further secure the area. Aircraft completed water drops to hold and secure the west side of the fire. Reconnaissance along the west continued and opportunities for constructing fireline were assessed. Sixteen middle management firefighters from Australia joined the Natchez Fire suppression efforts.

Today’s Activities:The objective continues to be protecting structures, communities and other high values to the east and south of the Natchez Fire. Mop up and patrol will continue on the north half of the fire. Helicopters will be used, if smoke and weather conditions permit, to hold and secure the west side of the fire. A handcrew will begin constructing fireline on the west side of the fire, east of Mud Creek. Mop up and patrol will continue on the east side of the fire south of Kelly Lake. Firefighters will continue to secure the fire edge on the southeast portion of the fire. Structure protection forces are working along Grayback Road, clearing and chipping brush, which may result in temporary delays.

Evacuations:The community of Sunstar has been placed in a Level 1 evacuation “Ready” status. Del Norte County, CA, including the community of Sunstar, has adopted the Oregon three level evacuation process. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation order for two residences near the terminus of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and an evacuation warning for all residences accessed by the South Fork Road (Rd 17N32); all residences accessed by the Grayback Road north of the junction of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and Grayback Road.

Closures: Closure Orders are in effect on Klamath National Forest and Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest within the vicinity of the Natchez Fire. More closure information can be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5948/.Grayback Road (Forest Highway 48) remains open to public travel.

Today is Smokey Bear’s birthday. Happy 74th Smokey! Please help Smokey and our firefighters by not starting new fires.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area.

See the following for more information:
www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices

www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices

8/6/18

Weather:Mostly sunny today with areas of smoke. Westerly and terrain driven winds (4-8 mph with gusts to 14 mph on ridges) will prevail in the

afternoon, with winds shifting northeasterly overnight. High pressure will build over the area early in the week, with warming and drying conditions.

Yesterday’s Activities:Firelines on the northern half of the fire, consisting of dozer lines and local road systems, continue to hold as crews proceeded

to further secure the lines, mop up and patrol. On the southeastern side of the fire, east of Cole Creek, crews continued using low intensity hand ignition

to bring fire down a ridge line almost to Indian Creek, where they secured the fire in a rocky area for the night. Aerial ignition was used to remove some of

the fuels between this area and the main fire body to reduce the potential for the fire to run to the east. Aerial resources were used to hold the fire in place

on the southwestern edge, while assessing opportunities for constructing direct fireline in the area. Brush removal continued along the Grayback Road as

a contingency line in the event the fire spots across lines further west. Structure protection forces worked on hose lays and pump placements around

structures south of the fire. The night shift patrolled the fire edge to ensure it remained secure.

Today’s Activities:The primary objective continues to be protecting the communities of Happy Camp and residences along Indian Creek, the values to the north and Kelly Lake. Mop up and patrol will continue on the northern half of the fire as those firelines continue to hold. Aerial resources will be used to hold

the west side of the fire in Dunn Creek and east of Mud Lake while assessing opportunities for direct line construction. Mop up and patrol will occur on the

east side of the fire south of Kelly Lake. The southeast flank of the fire is the day’s priority where firefighters will continue low intensity hand ignition

operations, and possibly aerial ignition if conditions allow, to continue establishing a secure buffer against further fire advancement. Structure protection

forces will support mop up operations on the fire’s south side. Preparation work along Grayback Road will continue.

Evacuations:The community of Sunstar has been placed in a Level 1 evacuation “Ready” status. Del Norte County, CA, including the community of

Sunstar, has adopted the Oregon three level evacuation process. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation order for two residences near

the terminus of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and an evacuation warning for all residences accessed by the South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and all

residences accessed by the Grayback road north of the junction of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and Grayback road.

Area Closures:

A new closure order was issued yesterday, effective until the Natchez Fire is declared out. Going into or being upon National Forest System

lands within the Natchez Fire Closure Area is prohibited. The Closure Area begins at the intersection of Forest Road No. 48 (Grayback Road), the

Klamath National Forest boundary and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundary. For details of the closure order please go to the Klamath

National Forest Website at www.fs.usda.gov/klamath.

Information about closures and maps of closure areas specific to the Natchez Fire on both the Klamath and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests can

be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5948/Be sure to check the Forest websites for information about current conditions: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices

www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices

Cooperating Forests: Klamath and Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forests.

Source: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5948/45148/

 

8/5/18

Community Meeting: There will be a Fire Information meeting at 6:00pm tonight (Sunday) August 5, 2018 at the

Grange in Happy Camp. 

Update Closure Area for the Natchez Fire

ORDER No. 18-05-010 EMERGENCY FIRE CLOSURE KLAMATH NATIONAL FOREST

Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited

within the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest. This Order is effective from

August 5, 2018, until the Natchez Fire is declared out.

I. Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Natchez Fire Closure Area, as described below and

shown on the attached map. The Natchez Fire Closure Area begins at the intersection of Forest Road No. 48 (Grayback

Road), the Klamath National Forest boundary and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundary, then continues southeasterly along the western edge of Forest Road No. 48 (Grayback Road) to its intersection with the eastern section

line of Section 16 in Township 17 North, Range 7 East, Humboldt Meridian, then continues south along the section line to

its intersection with the southeastern corner of Section 21 in Township 17 North, Range 7 East, Humboldt Meridian, then

continues west along the section line to its intersection with the southwestern corner of Section 24 in Township 17 North,

Range 5 East, Humboldt Meridian, then continues north along the section line to its intersection with the Klamath National

Forest and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundary, and then continues northerly along the Klamath National

Forest-Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundary back to its starting point, as shown on the attached map.

36 CFR 261.52(e).

2. Being on the National Forest System roads described below and shown on the attached map.

a. All National Forest System roads within the Natchez Fire Closure Area.

b. Forest Road No. l 7N62 (Doocoop Road).

c. Forest Road No. 17N21 (Clauson Road).

d. Forest Road Nos. 17Nl 7, 17N17A, and l 7Nl 7B (Low Saddle Road).

e. Forest Road No. 17N23 (Teunessee Road).

36 CFR 261.54(e).

3. Being on any National Forest System trail within the Natchez Fire Closure Area, as shown on the attached map. 36 CFR 261.55(a).

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:

1. Persons with a permit from the Forest Service specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.

2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an

official duty.

3. Owners or lessees of land in the area, to the extent necessary to access their land.

These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A.

A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an

organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. 16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559, 3571, and 3581.

Ex ed in Yreka, California, this 5 y of August, 2018.

Forest Supervisor Klamath National Forest

This Order supersedes Order No. 18-05-009, signed on July 19, 2018.

 

Weather and Fire Behavior: Temperatures across the fire area today will be in the high 80’s (valleys) to high 70’s (ridges).

Fire behavior will be more active in areas where smoke clears out. Winds will be light, north-northeast, shifting to south-

southwest in the afternoon, 5-7 mph, gusting 10-12 mph on ridgetops.

Yesterday’s Activities: The north and west sides of the fire continued to hold as crews continued mop up and patrol along

the dozer line between the 4810, 012, 4808 roads and along the 060 road. Low intensity burning operations continued south

along the dozer line east of the Cole Creek drainage. Crews are continuing to open dozer lines established (during the Eclipse

Fire in 2017) south of Indian Creek and will work to tie those lines into the 030 road and back into the Siskiyou Wilderness to

the southwest. Night crews focused on low intensity burning operations moving south along the dozer line southwest of the

18N30 road, holding the fire south of Kelly Lake. The fire continued to push towards the south in the Cole Creek drainage, but

fire movement slowed from the previous day’s activity. Heavy smoke precluded use of helicopter retardant drops. Prep work

continued along the Grayback Road.

Today’s Activities: The primary objective continues to be protecting the communities of Happy Camp and residences along

Indian Creek, the values to the north and Kelly Lake. The Cole Creek drainage is a main focus of concern and will be

monitored throughout the day as crews hold, mop up and continue low intensity burning operations moving south along the

dozer line on the east side of the drainage (southwest of the 18N30 road). Direct line construction will begin from Mud Lake

towards Black Butte. Structure protection will continue along Grayback road (Indian Creek) and Doolittle Creek. Mop up and

patrol will continue on the north (dozer line between the 4810, 012 and 4808 roads) and west (O60 road) sides of the fire as

those firelines continue to hold. Helicopter support operations will continue as smoke conditions allow. Installing pumps and

hose lays continues in the Baldy Mountain area in preparation for low intensity burning operations if necessary. Road flaggers

will be stationed along the Grayback/Indian Creek Road (48) today in areas where heavy equipment is operating, with up to

30 minute traffic delays in both directions.

Evacuations: The community of Sunstar has been placed in a Level 1 evacuation “Ready” status. Del Norte County, CA,

including the community of Sunstar, has adopted the Oregon three level evacuation process. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office

has issued an evacuation order for two residences near the terminus of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and an evacuation

warning for all residences accessed by the South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and all residences accessed by the Grayback road

north of the junction of South Fork Road (Rd 17N32) and Grayback road.

Area Closures

A new closure order has been issued today, effective until the Natchez Fire is declared out. Going into or being upon

National Forest System lands within the Natchez Fire Closure Area is prohibited. The Closure Area begins at the intersection

of Forest Road No. 48 (Grayback Road), the Klamath National Forest boundary and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

boundary. For details of the closure order please go to the Klamath Forest Website. 

Fire closures are in place on both the Klamath and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Additional information about the closures and maps of the closure area specific to the Natchez Fire can be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5948/

Be sure to check the Forest websites for information about current conditions: 

https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices

https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices

Cooperating Forests: Rogue River - Siskiyou and Klamath National Forests.

 

9,463 acres. The 826 personnel assigned to the incident are working to implement suppression actions that will most

effectively and safely limit fire growth. 
 

COMMUNITY MEETING WILL BE HELD IN HAPPY CAMP AT THE GRANGE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 5TH AT 6:00 P.M.

The community of Sunstar has been placed in a Level 1 evacuation "Ready" status. Del Norte County, CA, including the

community of Sunstar, has adopted the Oregon three level evacuation process. For Del Norte County emergency notification

information, visit: http://www.co.del-norte.ca.us/departments/administration/emergency-services
 

Fire area closures are in place on the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Klamath National Forests. 

Forest Road 48, known locally as the Grayback Road, between Happy Camp and Cave Junction, remains open at this time.

 

8/3/18

Friday, August 3, 2018 - The 8,432 acre Natchez Fire was started by lightning on July 15, 2018. The fire is located just south

of the Oregon/California border between Happy Camp, CA and Cave Junction, OR. Management of the fire was transferred to

Pacific Northwest Team 3, a Type 1 Incident Management Team, on July 23, 2018. The 757 personnel assigned to the incident

are working to implement suppression actions that will most effectively and safely limit fire growth.

Source: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5948/

August 3 Smoke Outlook

Natchez Fire Wildfire
News – 59 min. ago

Fire 

With clearer air this morning, fire behavior is expected to be more active. Calmer winds in the afternoon may shade the fire, 

with evening winds picking up and once again increasing fire behavior. Continued firing operations to shore up fire line 

breaks are planned for both fires. 

Smoke 

Winds from the northwest are anticipated for surface and transport winds. Smoke impacts are expected for downwind 

communities, and downslope communities as down valley winds set in overnight. Model predictions show potential 

impacts to western portions of this outlook area which is a deviation from what has been a persistent pattern. 

Other 

For relief from smoke, travel to coastal areas generally, and north of this outlook area if possible. Other smoke outlooks are 

being produced in the region for communities not appearing on this map. Monitors showing similar smoke impact patterns 

may be summarized by an adjacent location.

Source: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5948/44978/

 

8/2/18

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - The 7,693 acre Natchez Fire was started by lightning on July 15, 2018. The fire is located just south of the Oregon/California

border between Happy Camp, CA and Cave Junction, OR. Management of the fire was transferred to Pacific Northwest Team 3, a Type 1 Incident

Management Team, on July 23, 2018. The 631 personnel assigned to the incident are working to implement suppression actions that will most effectively

and safely limit fire growth.

The community of Sunstar has been placed in a Level 1 evacuation "Ready" status. Del Norte County, CA, including the community of Sunstar, has adopted

the Oregon three level evacuation process. For Del Norte County emergency notification information, visit: http://www.co.del-norte.ca.us/departments/administration/emergency-services.

In Siskiyou County, there are two levels to the evacuation process, Evacuation Warning, and Evacuation Order. A warning means be ready to evacuate,

and an order means evacuate now. Effective 2:30pm August 1, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation order for the two residences near

the terminus of the South Fork Road (National Forest System Road 17 N 32). The residents received a warning on July 31 and chose to evacuate. Siskiyou

County Sheriff’s Office has also issued an evacuation warning for all residences accessed by the South Fork Road (Road 17N32) and all residences

accessed by the Grayback road north of the junction of the South Fork Road (Road 17 N 32) and the Grayback Road. This warning is being issued as a

precautionary measure, the fire is still within the containment lines, but is progressing within close proximity to these residences.


Fire area closures are in place on the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Klamath National Forests. Forest Road 48, known locally as the Grayback Road, between

Happy Camp and Cave Junction, remains open at this time.

 

7/30/18

Air Quality Update

July 30, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Air Quality Public Service Announcement


Numerous fires remain active throughout Oregon and Northern California. The main fires that have the potential to impact our area are the Natchez Fire

(N/E Del Norte County, CA), Carr Fire (Shasta County, CA), Mendocino Complex (Mendocino & Lake Counties, CA), Garner Complex (Southern OR), and

the Klondike Fire (OR). Expect smoke from the northern fires to pool along the river drainages, impacting the very northern interior portions of Del Norte

and Humboldt Counties. Depending upon location, air quality along the coast is expected to remain generally “Good” to “Moderate” with periods of

“Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG)”.

The Carr Fire east of Weaverville in Shasta County may present widespread haze to the Trinity Center, Lewiston, and Weaverville areas. The Mendocino

Complex may present smoke impacts to Southern Humboldt depending upon location and fire behavior. Overall, smoke dispersion is forecast to continue

to improve toward the end of the week.


Klamath is expected to have “Good” conditions with periods of “Moderate” air quality.
Gasquet is forecast to have “Moderate” conditions on Friday, with periods “USG”.
Orleans and Hoopa are forecast to have “Moderate” conditions with periods of
“USG”, but transition to generally “USG” over the next few days. Periods of
“Unhealthy” may occur in the evening time in the valley.
Weaverville area is forecast to have “Moderate” conditions with periods of “USG”
and “Unhealthy”, and perhaps worsen depending upon the Carr Fire’s behavior.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) monitors are presently in Gasquet, Klamath, Weitchpec, Orleans, Hoopa, Weaverville, and Eureka.

Updates will be provided as conditions change. For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287- 6329).
Fire information can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or at www.calfire.ca.gov. Current weather information can be found at www.wrh.noaa.gov.

For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329).
For further information, visit the District’s website at
www.ncuaqmd.org

 

7/29/18

July 29, 2018 - The 4,613 acre Natchez Fire was started by lightning on July 15, 2018. Management of the fire was transferred to Pacific Northwest Team 3,

a Type 1 Incident Management Team, on July 23, 2018. The 732 personnel assigned to the incident are working to implement suppression actions that will

most effectively and safely limit fire growth. Critical fire weather conditions continue today.
COMMUNITY MEETING WILL BE HELD IN HAPPY CAMP AT THE HAPPY CAMP GRANGE ON SUNDAY, JULY 29 AT 6:00 P.M.

Fire area closures are in place on the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Klamath National Forests.

Source: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5948/

 

7/27/18

Air Quality Update

July 27, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Air Quality Public Service Announcement
Numerous fires remain active throughout Oregon and Northern California. The main fires that have the potential to impact our area are the Natchez Fire
(N/E Del Norte County, CA), Carr Fire (Shasta County, CA), Garner Complex (Southern OR), and Klondike Fire (OR).
Expect smoke from these northern fires to pool along the river drainages, impacting the very northern interior portions of Del Norte and Humboldt Counties.
Depending upon location, air quality along the coast is expected to remain generally “Good” to “Moderate” with periods of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
(USG)”.
The Carr Fire east of Weaverville in Shasta County may present widespread haze to the Trinity Center, Lewiston, and Weaverville areas.
Klamath is expected to have “Good” conditions with periods of “Moderate” air quality.
Gasquet is forecast to have “Moderate” conditions on Friday, but transition to “USG” on Saturday.
Orleans and Hoopa are forecast to have “Moderate” conditions with periods of
“USG” and “Unhealthy”, but transition to generally “USG” on Saturday. Periods of “Unhealthy” may occur in the evening time in the valley.
Weaverville area is forecast to have “Moderate” conditions with periods of “USG” and “Unhealthy” today, and perhaps even worsen over the weekend
depending upon the Carr fire’s behavior. Periods of “Unhealthy” may occur in the evening time.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) monitors are presently in Gasquet, Klamath, Weitchpec, Orleans, Hoopa, Weaverville, and Eureka.
Fire information can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or at www.calfire.ca.gov.
Current weather information can be found at www.wrh.noaa.gov.
Updates will be provided as conditions change. For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329).
Health Information for Smoke Impacts: Concentrations of smoke may vary depending upon location, weather, and distance from the fire. Smoke from
wildfires and structure fires contain harmful chemicals that can affect your health. Smoke can cause eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty
breathing. People who are at greatest risk of experiencing symptoms due to smoke include: those with respiratory disease (such as asthma), those with
heart disease, young children, and older adults.
These sensitive populations should stay indoors and avoid prolonged activity. All others should limit prolonged or heavy activity and time spent outdoors.
Even healthy adults can be affected by smoke. Seek medical help if you have symptoms that worsen or become severe.
If you can see, taste, or feel smoke, contact your local health department and/or primary healthcare provider. This is especially important if you have health
concerns, are elderly, are pregnant, or have a child in your care.
 
Follow these general precautions to protect your health during a smoke event:
Minimize or stop outdoor activities, especially exercise
Stay indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible
Do not run fans that bring smoky outdoor air inside – examples include swamp
coolers, whole-house fans, and fresh air ventilation systems
Run your air-conditioner only if it does not bring smoke in from the outdoors. Change the standard air conditioner filter to a medium or high efficiency filter.
If available, use the “re-circulate” or “recycle” setting on the unit
Do not smoke, fry food, or do other things that will create indoor air pollution
If you have lung disease (including asthma) or heart disease, closely monitor your health and contact your doctor if you have symptoms that worsen.
Consider leaving the area until smoke conditions improve if you have repeated coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness
or pain, palpitations, nausea, unusual fatigue, lightheadedness.
 
For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329).
 
For further information, visit the District’s website at
www.ncuaqmd.org
 

7/26/18

Air Quality Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Air Quality Public Service Announcement

Numerous fires remain active throughout Oregon and Northern California. The main fires that have the potential to impact our area are the Natchez, Garner

Complex, Klondike and Carr fires. The Natchez, Garner Complex, and Klondike fires are located in Southern Oregon (closest to the California border). The

Carr fire is located in Trinity County, East of Weaverville.

The current weather forecast indicates continued high temperatures and a shift back to Northerly winds beginning sometime Thursday evening into Friday.

This will bring a return to smokier conditions in Northern California. Expect smoke from these fires to pool along the river drainages, impacting the very

northern interior portions of Del Norte, Humboldt, and Trinity Counties. Depending upon location, air quality along the coast is expected to remain “Good” to

“Moderate” with periods of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”. Impacted interior areas can expect air quality conditions of “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for

Sensitive Groups” with the potential for increased smoke along the river drainages.

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) monitors are presently in Gasquet, Weitchpec, Orleans, Hoopa, Weaverville, and Eureka. Fire information can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or at www.calfire.ca.gov. Current weather information can be found at www.wrh.noaa.gov.

Updates will be provided as conditions change. For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329)

 

Fire Update

A Community Meeting to provide a fire update will be held at the Illinois Valley High School in Cave Junction at 6 p.m. this evening.

Weather & Fire Behavior: High temperatures and very low relative humidity values combined with extremely dry fuels led to a day of very active fire

behavior. The fire was most active yesterday on the southeast corner of the fire near Poker Mountain. Forecasters expect similar conditions today and

tomorrow with a potential to cool off a little this weekend. For smoke information, visit: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Yesterday’s Activities:Very active fire behavior was seen on portions of the fire yesterday. A spot fire got established in heavy fuels on steep terrain

across the primary containment line on the north side of the fire. Unable to safely contain the spot, firefighters refocused their efforts to an alternate

containment line further north to begin constructing dozer line to connect the 4904 road with the 4810 road. The primary containment line on the east side

of the fire continued to hold. Crews mopped-up and patrolled the line while improving alternate and contingency lines further east.Firefighters constructed

dozer line west from Poker Flat toward the 060 road to establish a primary containment line on the south side of the fire throughout the day yesterday.

Very active fire behavior was seen late in the evening near Poker Mountain sending multiple spot fires into the Poker Flat area. The fire continued to burn

actively until early in the morning and night shift resources worked through the night to contain the spot fires. The 060 road continued to hold on the west

side of the perimeter as the fire continues to back down to the road with favorable winds.


Today’s Activities: Construction of dozer line will continue to connect the 4904 road with the 4810 road to establish a primary containment line on the

north side of the fire. Firefighters on the east side of the fire will continue to patrol and monitor the primary containment line while improving alternate and

contingency lines further east. Crews will evaluate the effectiveness of overnight operations to contain spot fires in the Poker Flats area and explore

opportunities to utilize alternate containment lines on the southeast side of the fire. Construction of dozer line from Poker Flats west toward the 060 road

to establish the primary containment line on the south side of the fire will continue. Crews will continue to hold the 060 road while improving alternate and

contingency lines further west. Evacuations & Closures: Natchez Fire: No evacuation warnings or orders. Fire closures are in place on the Rogue

River-Siskiyou and Klamath National Forests, for current information visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices and https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5948
Interagency Fire Information Center: (541) 474-5305
Email: 2018.KlondikeNatchez@firenet.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/240850363188142/

7/25/18

Weather & Fire Behavior: Temperatures continue to climb and dropping relative humidity values will lead to an increase in fire behavior today.

Thoughwinds are predicted to be light the fire is expected to be very active with potential for group torching and short crown runs and increased spotting

distances. Poor visibility from smoke may continue to effect aerial operations.For smoke information, visit: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/


Yesterday’s Activities:The fire remains within the current and planned containment lines. Structure protection activities continued in communities east of

the fire area. Line construction to contain the northern and eastern edge of the fire continued.Active overnight burning conditions allowed night shift

resources to conduct burnout operation along the dozer line between the 4808 and 4810 roads onthe northern edge of the fire, and to tie in and strengthen

the primary containment line along the eastern edge from the dozer line on the 4810 roadsouth to junction of the 18N33 and 18N45 roads. Crews continued

to prepare roads for alternate and contingency control lines further east of the fire. Along the western perimeter, firefighters continued working to re-open

Road 60 and prepare the road as a containment line as fire backs to it. Crews finished scouting for proposed dozer line along a ridge from Poker Flat east

to Road 60 to complete containment along the southern edge of the fire.

There were no aviation operations over the fire yesterday due to poor visibility from smoke.

A second fire camp is being established in Happy Camp to reduce drive times making it safer for firefighters and to increase work productivity.


Today’s Activities:
Burnout operations will continue along the dozer line on the north side of thefire between the 4808 and 4810 roads while crews hold and continue to secure

yesterday’s firing operations on the eastern line. Construction of dozer line along the southern edge of the fire will commence and crew will continue

preparing roads to contain the fire to the west. Structure protection activities to protect communities east of the fire will continue. Contingency planning

continues for roads east and west of the fire area.


There will be a Community Meeting to provide a fire update at the Grange in Happy Camp tonight at 6 p.m. andanother in Cave Junction tomorrow, July 26,

at Illinois Valley High School at 6 p.m.

Source: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5948/44335/ 

 

7/24/18

Natchez Fire Wildfire Community Meeting

   Wednesday July 25, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

   Happy Camp Grange, 2nd Street, Happy Camp, CA

   For further Natchez Fire information, please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5948/

 

7/23/18

JIC Information

The Joint Information Center (JIC) is for important and current information on the #NatchezFire and other major wildfires in SW Oregon.

Website: swojic.blogspot.com

Email: swofireinfo@gmail.com

Phone: 541-474-5305 (8a to 8p, daily)

Source: Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Twitter @RRSNF

 

Air Quality Information

July 23, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Air Quality Public Service Announcement
Wildfires in Oregon and Northern California remain active. The majority of smoke impacts will continue along the Oregon border in Del Norte County. The

river drainages (Klamath and the Smith River) will also see some periods of smoke from these fires.
The weather forecast indicates that current smoke impacts are expected to continue through Thursday evening. Interior areas of Del Norte County will see

“Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” depending on proximity to the fire. Air quality along the coast is expected to remain “Good” to

“Moderate”. The interior of Humboldt and Trinity County can expect air quality conditions of “Good” to “Moderate”. Beginning Thursday evening a return to

a northerly wind flow will result in smoke impacts spreading further south.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) monitors are presently in Crescent City, Weitchpec, Hoopa, Weaverville, and Eureka. Fire information can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or at www.calfire.ca.gov. Current weather information can be found at www.wrh.noaa.gov.
Updates will be provided as conditions change. For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329).

Source: North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District

 

7/20/18

Smoke Outlook: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/ORRSF/2018-07-18-0041-Hendrix/related_files/pict20180621-114351-0.pdf

Natchez Fire Update

Closures and Evacuations: Josephine County Sheriff’s office has issued a level 2 evacuation for the residents of Oak Flats.

For more information call 541-474-5123

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has issued an emergency area closure in the area surrounding the Natchez Fire.

For more details go to: 

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/rogue-siskiyou/notices/?cid=FSEPRD588356

Summary: The Northwest Incident Management Team 10 has taken over management of the Natchez, Poker, Klondike, and

Granite Fires. This management area will be referred to as the Natchez Fire. 

Current Situation: On the Natchez fire, crews continue to make good progress establishing control lines using heavy

equipment and hand crews. The terrain is rugged and crews continue to work on cutting in roads and making access to the

areas of the fire. This area is very rugged, and has been unsafe to put firefighters. The team is working on establishing action

points for the area. Air attack will continue to be used as long as all safety parameters are met. 

The Poker Fire remains in patrol status. We will leave one to two engines out there to continue to mop up and monitor the fire. 

The Klondike and Granite Fire saw some growth overnight. The operations group is finalizing a burn plan that we hope to

implement soon. The plan is to strategically burn out areas to control the spread of the fire and to continue aggressive aerial

attack if allowed by the weather and smoke conditions. 

Weather: Extremely hot and dry weather in the 90s. Humidity is not expected to rise in the evening. Possibility of isolated

thunderstorms coming in Saturday through Monday.

Source: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5948/44142/

Air Quality Information

July 20, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Air Quality Public Service Announcement
Lightening activity has started numerous fires throughout Oregon and Northern California. Two of these fires are producing smoke that could impacting our

area. The Natchez fire started in Oregon and fire activity has moved into Northern California near the border. The Hendrix fire is near Ashland, Oregon is

also active due to conditions and terrain.
The current weather forecast indicates that North East winds may cause the smoke from these fires to pool along the river drainages, impacting northern

interior portions of Del Norte, Humboldt, and Trinity Counties. Air quality along the coast is expected to remain “Good” to “Moderate”. Interior areas can

expect air quality conditions of “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with the potential for increased smoke along the river drainages.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) monitors are presently in Crescent City, Weitchpec, Hoopa, Weaverville, and Eureka. Fire information can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or at www.calfire.ca.gov. Current weather information can be found at www.wrh.noaa.gov.
Updates will be provided as conditions change. For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329).

Air Quality Index (AQI) & Actions to Protect Yourself
Good - None
Moderate - Unusually sensitive individuals should consider limiting prolonged or heavy exertion
USG - People within Sensitive Groups should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion
Unhealthy - People within Sensitive Groups should avoid all prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion
Very Unhealthy - Everyone should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion
Hazardous - Everyone should avoid any outdoor activity

 

7/20/18, 11:00am -

7/20/18 Natchez Fire Community Meeting

For the California residents interested in the Natchez Fire, the U.S. Forest Service - Klamath National Forest is hosting a community meeting (July 20th)

at the Happy Camp Grange.   Time: 6:00 p.m.   Where: Happy Camp Grange, 2nd Street, Happy Camp, CA

The Community Meeting recorded and uploaded once the meeting has concluded.

Source: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5948/44103/

 

7/19/18, 11:13am - The Natchez Fire is now at 767 acres and it has moved over a ridgeline onto the Klamath National Forest in Del Norte County, CA.

The fire is located 15 miles southwest of Cave Junction, OR. The Northwest Incident Management Team #10 (Lawson) is currently managing the Natchez

Fire. Power Line #33, which runs from Cave Junction, OR to Happy Camp, CA is threatened, but currently not impacted.

Two fires located in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness are also managed by the team. The Klondike Fire has grown to 586 acres and

the Granite Fire is approximately 113 acres. Helicopters have been helpful in slowing upslope fire movement, although

Tuesday night strong east winds caused the fire to breach containment lines.

The Incident Command Post is in process of being set up at Lake Selmac near Selma, OR.

Source: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5948/

 

7/18/18, 3:00pmThe Natchez Fire is estimated to be approximately 250 acres in size, and it has spotted over a ridgeline

onto the Klamath National Forest in Del Norte County, CA. The fire is located 15 miles southwest of Cave Junction, OR. Air

tankers were working the fire Tuesday afternoon, and the Incident Management Team (Lawson) is currently managing the

Natchez Fire. Four 20-person had crews are assigned with additional resources on order. Power Line #33, which runs from

Cave Junction, OR to Happy Camp, CA is threatened, but currently not impacted.


Two fires located in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness are also managed by the team. The Klondike Fire is approximately 100 acres

and the Granite Fire is approximately 50 acres.Helicopters have been helpful in slowing upslope fire movement, although

Tuesday night strong east winds caused the fire to breach containment lines. Fire managers are considering all opportunities

for continued direct attack.

The Incident Command Post is in process of being set up at Lake Selmac near Selma, OR. 

Source: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5948/