Slater Fire and Devil Fire Evening Update, September 17, 2020

FIRE SUMMARY  

Please note: The North Zone of the Slater Fire (currently including the Gasquet area and all of Oregon) is being managed by Northern Rockies Team 2 and the South Zone of the fire continues to be managed by California Team 10. Beginning tomorrow, this incident will transition to one morning update from Northern Rockies Team 2 encompassing both zones.

North Zone (Gasquet and Oregon) Slater Fire: Operations continued to implement direct and indirect fire strategies. Work included completing dozer line from Monkey Ridge to Highway 199. On the northern side of the fire near Shepherd Hills, crews were able to tie a small spot fire back into Forest Road 4803. Northern Rockies Team 2 continues to work with the Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon Department of Forestry and other local and federal agencies to contain the north spread of the Slater Fire. 

Gasquet Area: Firefighters held the fire at the Knopki Road to protect the town of Gasquet. They will work to complete operations to secure the fire edge at the intersection of Highway 199 and Knopki Road. Structure protection activity continues from Knopki Road to the town of Gasquet.    

South Zone: The air finally cleared out today along the Slater Fire in the south zone, and a chance of rain is predicted for tomorrow or Saturday. Crews worked today on hotspots in Thompson Creek, and on both flanks of the Devil Fire. A fire module is still camping out to construct direct fire line along the Devil fire’s eastern edge. Today they completed that eastern edge and started building line along the south side of that fire. For current information on evacuation and closures in this area:  www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff 

  

 Fire 

Acreage  

Containment  

Crews  

Engines  

Dozers  

Water tenders  

Helicopters  

Slater  

143,092 

10%  

18 

123 

31 

28 

Devil  

6,907 

0%  

  

  

  

  

 

EVACUATIONS  

Oregon:  In Oregon, Level 3 “Go” orders are in effect in the O'Brien, and Takilma areas, Dick George Road (including most of Holland Loop) and Takilma Road areas, Brown Road, O'Brien and all areas south of Brown Road, O'Brien. EVACUATION WARNINGS are in effect for Gasquet in California, while nearby communities of Hiouchi and Big Flat are on Level 1 “Get Ready” alert. Level 2 “Get Set” orders are in effect south of Kerby and Cave Junction areas in Oregon. 

California: Some EVACUATION ORDERS have been lifted in Happy Camp. EVACUATION WARNINGS are still in place for most of Happy Camp including Elk Creek Road, and for Seiad along Highway 96, as well as for Gasquet, Hiouchi, and Big Flat.  

MORE INFORMATION:  

Evacuation order/warning info and other resources for Josephine County can be found by calling Josephine County Fire Information Center 541-474-5305 (7am-10pm) or online at:  www.facebook.com/josephinecountyEM , www.co.josephine.or.us/fire  or www.rvem.org  

Community and evacuation information can be found at Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff/.  

For Del Norte County evacuation information, see www.facebook.com/DelNorteOfficeOfEmergencyServices or www.preparedelnorte.com/  

 

ROAD CLOSURES  

Highway 199 remains closed from Panther Flat (north of Gasquet) to the California/Oregon state line and from O’Brien south across the state line into California.

Some other roads in Oregon are experiencing serious visibility impairments due to smoky conditions from the Slater Fire.  

The Grayback Road is still closed.

Highway 96 is open to one-way controlled traffic. Expect delays and use caution when traveling. Air quality is currently classified as hazardous. If you have questions, please contact the Siskiyou Emergency Operations Center at (530) 643-3662. 

 

PUBLIC LAND CLOSURES  

National Forest Closures, Oregon:   The Wild Rivers and Siskiyou Mountains Ranger Districts are currently closed due to extreme fire danger. These closures cover all National Forest forested areas, developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, day use areas, wilderness areas, and all forest roads and trails within those two Districts.  

Bureau of Land Management Closures: As a result of extreme fire danger, the Bureau of Land Management Medford District has temporarily closed all Bureau of Land Management-administered public lands south of Grants Pass, Interstate 5, and U.S. Route 199 to the border of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Maps of the closure areas are available on the Bureau of Land Management’s website.    

National Forest Closures, California: National Forests in California have been closed since September 9 and new closure orders have been issued to extend for one week. However, these orders are being assessed on a daily basis to consider cancelling. More details on these closure orders, along with fire restriction orders, can be found at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7173/    

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