Getting a hand on it! Gap Fire Now 31,664 Acres, 85 Percent Contained
September 10, 2016
BENEFITING: American Red Cross
EVENT DATE: Aug 31, 2016
Gap Fire Morning Update 083116
Incident: Gap Fire Wildfire
Released: 6 hrs. ago
Upcoming public meetings:
Scott Bar Community Center at 6 p.m., TONIGHT
Happy Camp, CA – The Gap Fire is burning on the Klamath National Forest. As of 6am this morning, it is 12,829 acres and 5% contained. Over 1120 firefighters are currently assigned to the fire.
There are NO mandatory evacuations at this time. All have been reduced to advisory. The previous advisory evacuation remains in effect.
The fire was active overnight. Crews worked in the area around Robinson Gulch to contain small spot fires, and began to slowly bring fire to the containment line. They continued to open old dozer lines from the 2014 Beaver Fire north of White Cloud Mountain toward the Pacific Crest Trail. Yesterday evening’s spot fires south of Highway 96 in the Horse Creek drainage were contained. The fire continued overnight to back toward the river at Howard’s Gulch and move toward Johnny O’Neill Ridge.
Crews will work today to continue line construction north from White Cloud Mountain, They will hold existing line and re-establish lines on Buckhorn Ridge northeast toward Dry Lake, working to keep the fire north of Highway 96, and to hold completed containment line around Schutt’s Gulch. Firefighters are looking for opportunities to build line along Johnny O’Neill Ridge as fire approaches.
The operational objectives of the fire remain the same: to keep the fire north of Highway 96, south of the Siskiyou Crest, east of Seiad Creek, and west of the 2014 Beaver Fire footprint.
Mop up and assessment continues along Horse Creek and Middle Creek Roads, where nine structures and twelve outbuildings were destroyed by the Gap Fire on the evening of August 27, 2016. No further structures have been reported damaged or destroyed since that date.
Highway 96 is now open, with controlled, piloted traffic through the fire area. Burned material, rocks, and vegetation loosened by the fire may roll onto the road and drivers are urged to use extreme caution. The road could be closed at any time, should fire conditions change.
Weather today is predicted to be a few degrees cooler than yesterday, with slightly higher relative humidities. Winds are predicted to be light: 3-6mph in the morning with gusts to 15mph predicted for the afternoon.
If you have information about the cause of the fire, please contact the US Forest Service Tipline for the Klamath National Forest at 530-841-4474.
Siskiyou County County has instituted a rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED®. Please visit https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system for more information or to register for CodeRED®. This is the service used to notify residents about evacuations. If residents are not registered with CodeRED they risk no being notified about emergency situations.