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Due to significant traffic incurred at the northern Entrance of the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, the entrance to the park will be closed at the junction of US Highway 199 and South Fork Road. This is a hard closure and will only be open to residence and emergency traffic. Howland Hill Road, in Crescent City will remain open to allow visitors going into the park; however, they will be turned around at Stout Grove. For questions or concerns regarding fire activity, pets, livestock or shelter, please call the County of Del Norte hotline number at 707-464-0911. For air quality concerns, please call Del Norte County Public Health at 707-954-2144 or the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District at 707-443-3093 or visit them online at Updates will be available online, Facebook, Twitter and on local radio stations as more information becomes available.

LOCATION: Gasquet Ranger District / Six Rivers National Forest

COMMAND TEAM: Central Coast Incident Management Team


ACRES: 11,484


RESOURCES: Total Personnel: 658 Hand Crews: 9 Dozers: 8 Engines: 37 Air Tankers: 2 Helicopters: 4

Water Tenders: 18 Injuries: 5 to date

CURRENT SITUATION: The southwest corner of the Coon Fire continues to back downhill to the South Fork of the Smith River in the Paradise Flat area. The current management strategy is to allow the fire to work down to the South Fork, which is being utilized as a natural containment line. A structure protection group continues to implement preparations in the community of Rock Creek, Paradise Flat and Tollefson Ranch. We are working closely with local and state agencies to make sure all residents have been advised of the existing structure protection plan. The Coon Fire has not crossed Deer Creek. Hand Crews and dozers have completed a secondary containment line on the ridge top south of Deer Creek. Public Information Officers will be located at Sand Camp on South Fork Road again tomorrow. On the Bear Fire, firefighters utilized existing roads, dozers and firing operations to minimize spread. Both fires will be staffed with a night shift.

Bear Fire – 2,663 acres Coon Fire – 4,246 acres Peak Fire – 3,861 acres Feeder Fire – 714 acres

Today the marine layer brought cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity. High temperatures were in the 70’s to lower 80’s and low relative humidity was 15-35%. Ridge top winds shifted northwest this afternoon, but remained less than 10mph. Tonight the inversion will strengthen with slightly cooler temperatures in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s, and the humidity should recover to 50-75%.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS: The east gate of Howland Hill road has been closed. Stout Grove is still accessible from the west. A public meeting will be held on Friday evening at 7:00 pm at the RV Park in Hiouchi.

CURRENT FOREST AND ROAD CLOSURES: A closure order has been issued for the Bear Basin Lookout, Island Lake Trailhead, Doe Flat Trailhead, South Kelsey Trail, Summit Trail, and the Gasquet-Orleans Road. An additional closure has been signed to include the areas around Bear Fire, Coon Fire and some adjacent areas to the G-O road.

As bow hunting season draws near it is important to remember that there are forest and road closures throughout popular hunting areas. These areas are closed to provide for public and firefighter safety. There may be areas adjacent to these closures that are not officially closed, but present additional hazards.

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Basic Information

Current as of 8/20/2015, 6:38:54 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday July 31st, 2015 approx. 09:00 PM
Location Gasquet Ranger District
Incident Commander Dana D’Andrea, Central Coast Team 7
Incident Description Multiple Ignited Lightning Fires Within The Gasquet Ranger District

Current Situation

Total Personnel 658
Size 11,484 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 17%
Fuels Involved Timber(Litter and Understory), Brush (2 feet), Tall Grass (2.5 feet) and Heavier fuels. Heavier fuels and live fuels becoming more consistently involved in fire spread.
Significant Events Increased activity as the inversion lifted early today leading to fire spread on uncontrolled lines. Strong backing fires with good fuel consumption with slope reversal becoming the fire head. Increased activity on the Bear and Coon fires.


Planned Actions Coon Fire: Keep the fire in the containment lines, continue mop up in Coon Creek Drainage. Provide for structure protection along the South Fork of the Smith River and continue to cool and monitor the 17N07 road.Bear Fire: Ensure burn operation is complete and cool from 17N24 road to the Bear Dip site. Patrol 17N05 road from DP-10 to DP-11
Projected Incident Activity 12 hrs: Continued hot dry weather. Inversion will moderate fire activity until lifting and ventilation occurs. When inversion lifts, growth and spotting will occur.24-72 hrs: Continued hot and dry weather will extend the burn period. Inversion could moderate fire activity until lifting and ventilation occurs, increasing fire activity,
Remarks The decrease in containment was due to the Peak Fire burning into the forest and burning operations being conducted on the Bear and Coon Fires

Current Weather

Weather Concerns Today the marine layer again brought cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity. Temperatures were in the 70’s to lower 80’s and relative humidity was 15 to 35%. Ridgetop winds shifted northwest this afternoon but remained less than 10 mph.Tonight the inversion will restrengthen with slightly cooler lower temperatures in the upper 50s to lower 60s and humidity recovery to 50 to 75%


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Six Rivers National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1330 Bayshore Way
Eureka, CA 95501


Fire Information

Phone: 707-925-3172
Hours: 7am-9pm




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