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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Lightning starts 13 fires in Klamath National Forest‎, California

It's been confirmed today that 13 small fires were started by Sunday night's lightning storm across the Klamath National Forest, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Six of the fires are burning in the Scott River Ranger District, five are located in the Happy Camp Ranger District and one is located in the Oak Knoll Ranger District, according to a press release. Eleven of the 13 fires are one-half acre in size or smaller, with the smallest being a single burning tree near the Shackleford Creek Trailhead. The largest of the fires, the Bill Fire, is estimated to be about 50 to 60 acres.

There are five additional fires burning in the area just over the forest boundary within the Red Buttes Wilderness in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The Rogue fires cumulatively total an estimated 15 acres and all are currently staffed, the release said.

Firefighters worked into the night Monday to protect structures in the community of Scott Bar from the Bill Fire. The Bill Fire is located near Billberry Creek in the Scott Bar Ponds area of the Scott River Ranger District. A local government strike team of fire engines from Klamath River, Etna, Fort Jones, Dunsmuir and Hammond Ranch stood watch through the night to protect the community of Scott Bar, the release said.

The Goff Fire, located in the Happy Camp Ranger District near Portugese Bar, is presenting some difficulties for firefighters. It is burning in extremely difficult and inaccessible terrain. On Monday, a hand crew spent more than six hours hiking to the scene of the fire, the release said.
All fires are staffed with firefighters and are being managed with a full suppression strategy, the release said. Read More