As anyone can clearly see, the air in the North State is anything but clear. Public health officials have issued warnings about the effects of prolonged smoke exposure. The air quality monitor in Anderson has been consistently showing a reading that’s considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups”. A monitor in Red Bluff has been showing the same thing. Concentrations seem to be especially thick in lower-lying areas. Nearly all of the local smoke is drifting from the Gap Fire in Klamath National Forest. Anyone in heavy smoke areas should avoid spending too much time outside, particularly doing hard work or other activities that cause exertion. That especially applies to those with respiratory or heart conditions, pregnant women, the very young, and the very old. Doors and windows should be closed and air conditioners should be set on “re-circulate”.
There are more than 2000 fire personnel working a Siskiyou County forest fire. The Gap Fire started on the Klamath National Forest 20 miles west of Yreka August 27th from an unknown cause. It’s burning in very heavy timber with a large buildup of dead and downed material. At least nine houses have been destroyed, and likely more. Mandatory evacuations are in effect on both sides of Hjighway 96 in the Scott Bar, Hamburg and Walker Gulch areas. Highway 96 is open, though closures can happen at any time. The latest estimate of the gap fire is 28,000 acres with 30% containment.
A wildfire in Butte County continues to spread. The Saddle Fire started as five separate fires at around 4:30PM Monday afternoon off Pentz Road south of Paradise. It’s now more than 840 acres with just 10% containment. 3 structures have been destroyed with another 300 threatened. A number of evacuation orders are in effect