Lightning sparks Six Rivers’ fires

Contact(s): Bridget Litten, Peggi Lawrence

ORLEANS, Calif. – As is typical of late July, a thunderstorm passed over the Six Rivers National Forest on the evening of July 26, bringing with it lightning, but very little precipitation. At this time, the lightning is known to have sparked two fires on the forest’s Orleans/Ukonom District:

  • Sidewinder: this lightning-caused fire was burning northeast of Dillon Mountain. It was contained at 0.5 acres on Tuesday, July 28. One engine and one crew were assigned. Patrols will continue to monitor the area.
  • Red: this lightning-caused fire is burning timber in the Trinity-Alps Wilderness—in the Red Cap drainage about a mile west of the Salmon Summit Trailhead and about a mile east of Black Mountain. This remote fire, now at 70 acres, is burning in steep, rough and brushy terrain, requiring crews to hike about an hour and a half to reach the fire. Resources staffing the fire include 7 smokejumpers, 7 handcrews, 4 helicopters and 1 air attack plane and 2 air tankers.

    At 11 AM today, management of the fire will transition to California Interagency Incident Management Team 14 (CIIMT 14). This incident management team—or IMT—will manage both the Red Fire and the Salmon Fire—just southeast of the Red Fire on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest—as the Red Salmon Complex.

Firefighters and other forest staff continue to conduct patrols, checking for additional fires that may have been started by the lightning.

For additional information about these lightning fires, visit A separate page for the Red Salmon Complex will be created by the IMT managing the fire at


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