Wildfire Update, September 5th

Salmon Complex Fire


The evacuation order for Sawyers Bar and Main Stem Road, in the Salmon Complex Fire has been reduced to an evacuation warning as of noon Tuesday. This includes Noedheimer Flat to Etna Summit on the Sawyers Bar Road.

So far, the fire has burned 58,487 acres, and is 14 percent contained.

Monday, the inversion lifted enough to create better visibility for firefighters.

The Wallow Fire, which is apart of the Salmon Complex Fire, is still very active. Long range spotting and roll-out of burning material helped spread the fire, while dry downed fuels carried the fire throughout other areas within the fire.

Fire crews continue to prepare structures and property for protection. They are doing this by clearing burnable vegetation and placing sprinkler systems around structures.

Crews are still fighting and monitoring the fire at night because of the fire activity at night.

Smoke continues to be a problem for air crafts that are waiting to drop water and retardant. Six helicopters are on standby.

Hot and dry conditions are expected throughout the day, and there is a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

Fire crews are expecting gusty winds Wednesday evening and some of the current resources in the fire will go towards fighting new, local fires if need be.

The rush fire (3 acres), Grizzly Fire (90 acres), and Garden fire (266 acres), are no 100 percent contained. Fire crews will continue to monitor these areas.


There is an Evacuation Warning in effect for parts of Seiad Valley. Residents located on both sides of Seiad Creek Road from State Highway 96 to the US Forest Service System Road 48N02.

All of Seiad Creek Road and residents on the Ladd Road.

There were technical issues, and the infrared flight that was planned for Saturday through Monday (9/2-9/4) were canceled.


The fire has grown because of the weather. The fire went from 2,000 acres to 3,400 acres and is 18 percent contained.

No structures are threatened at this time.

There was fire growth in the north and northwest areas and firefighters continue to reinforce containment lines on the south and east edges.

This will ensure the fire doesn't get into neighborhoods.

The fire did spread on the Fremont-Winema National Forest Land. The closure in that area is still in effect, but closures to the entire Sky Lake Wilderness are pending.

A community meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 6th at Mountain Lake Bible Camp in Rocky Point. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.


Fire crews say extreme fire behavior on several of the fires burning in the complex with some growning together to create a new fire.

Crews continue to work on containment lines while West Rim Drive closed on Monday for road construction.

A level 1 evacuation remains in effect for the Union Creek area and Mazama Village at Crater Lake.

In total this complex has burned more than 38,000 acres and is 20 percent contained.

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