Eclipse Complex Update August 25
Incident: Eclipse Complex (CA-KNF 6098) Wildfire
Released: 14 hrs. ago
Fire Situation: The Eclipse Complex (CA-KNF-6098) now consists of three fires and has burned a total of 47,440 acres; the complex is 24% contained, with 1,132 personnel assigned. Yesterday, the Clear and Prescott Fires merged with the Oak Fire and are now all referred to as the Oak Fire. Firefighters continue to monitor the Oak Fire as it backs down to Highway 96, and to construct line south around the private properties in Clear Creek. Crews are working to construct line around the spotfire to the northeast of the original Oak Fire. They are using existing roads, dozer lines, and back firing. Fire behavior on the Oak Fire remained moderate throughout the day yesterday, as the inversion remained in place.
To the north of Happy Camp, the Cedar and Four Mile Fires had continued slow growth Thursday towards containment lines. Changing weather conditions could allow more air movement which would increase fire activity.
Residents should be aware that they may see fire engines and crews working in and around their neighborhoods. These firefighters are identifying structure locations and documenting what it would take to protect them should the fire impact the area. Their presence is a precautionary measure and will be a benefit for future safety planning needs.
Traffic Conditions: Highway 96 west of Happy Camp, will be closed each morning and evening for an hour or so from about 7:00 to 8:00am and 7:00 to 8:00pm to allow for heavy firefighting traffic as day and night shifts rotate. There are one-way traffic controls from about 2.5 miles west/south of Happy Camp to just south of the Clear Creek Ranch. There might be longer delays due to rocks and other debris falling onto the roadway. This traffic control and closure will be in place for as long as necessary. Refer to CalTrans for the latest information on road closures: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/display.php?page=sr96.
Limited Evacuation Warning: Evacuation warnings are still in effect for a limited area directly southwest of the Happy Camp airport through the Clear Creek area. Notifications were made as appropriate, based on current fire conditions, for people in those areas. Residents should make sure that they are registered to receive reverse 911 auto-calls. Siskiyou County has instituted a rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED® which would be implemented if there was an Evacuation Order. For more information, or to register for CodeRED go to: http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system.
Emergency Closure Orders: Closures have been executed for roads and trails near many of the wildfires including the Pacific Crest Trail, closing them to public entry to provide for safety. Additional information about the closures and the fires is available at the Inciweb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/, and at key locations in Happy Camp and Seiad Valley.
Helpful Tips in the Event of an Evacuation: While this is not a complete list, here are some planning tips that can be helpful when thinking of the possibility of an evacuation.
· Make a notification plan for each member in your family and agree to stay in touch. · Pick a meeting place – a location where you can all be accounted for. · Keep your car full of fuel – it is often impossible to obtain fuel during an evacuation. · Determine transportation – notify the sheriff or fire department if you do not have reliable transportation. · Put together an emergency supply kit – medications, cash, blankets, personal hygiene supplies, phone charger and much more.
For more information, check out http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Pre-Evacuation-Preparation/.