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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

GASQUET COMPLEX Multiple Lightning Fires in the Six Rivers N.F. Gasquet Ranger District.

Gasquet Complex Wildfires CA-SRF-001488 Six Rivers N.F. Gasquet Ranger District.

 Multiple lightning ignited fires in the Gasquet Ranger District.

The fire is burning in Siskyou wilderness with the potential for damage to cultural resources in the area. 
Updates as available:

08/09/2015 0800: 2162 Acres 5%, Firefighter safety is a concern due to steep rugged terrain and long distances between fires. The incident involves multiple tactical operations including direct/indirect fireline construction, heavy equipment use, tree felling and firing operations. Steep terrain and heavy fuels make fireline construction very slow. Driving hazards includes smoke, narrow roads, and a high volume of traffic on Highway 199 making it hazardous to emergency equipment and personel. Potential smoke impacts the the surrounding communities. Roll out and spotting across control lines.

08/08/2015 0800: 1,702 Acres 0 %, Potential smoke impact to the surrounding communities, High traffic use on U.S. Highway 199. Roll out from fire activity above control lines. Threats to Cultural Resources, Bear Basin Lookout, Communication sites for Forest Service, California Highway Patrol, Local Communities, Micro Wavelinks and Private inholdings within the SRF.

08/05/2015 0800:  910 Acres 2%, Potential smoke impact to the surrounding communities, High traffic use on U.S. Highway 199. Roll out from fire activity above control lines. Impacts 12 hours: Threats to Bear Basin Lookout, Communication sites for Forest Service, California Highway Patrol, Local Communities, Micro Wave links and Private in holdings with in the SRF.


IA Start: 08/03/2015 1800

IA IC: Dave Kelly, SoCal Team 2 Del Norte, Managing multiple lightning ignited fires
Location: Gasquet, CA, 19 Miles NE of Crescent City
Concerns/Problems: Threats to Bear Basin Lookout, Communication sites for Forest Service, California Highway Patrol, Local Communities, Micro Wave links and Private in holdings with in the SRF
Fuel Model: Timber (Litter and Understory) Timber understory and liter remain the primary carriers. Large diameter dead and down still not consuming well. Live fuel only consuming when intensities are raised during uphill runs.

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