Environment & Science

Happy Camp Complex Fire: 71,729 acres burned, highway 96 closure lifted

The Happy Camp Complex is made up of two fires sparked by lightning storms on August 11 that have since merged.
The Happy Camp Complex is made up of two fires sparked by lightning storms on August 11 that have since merged.
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The Happy Camp Complex Fire has burnt 71,729 acres in Northern California and is 15 percent contained as of Wednesday morning, according to Cal Fire.  

Firefighters have contained the spot fire across the Klamath River. However, fire is continuing to creep, back and flank down slope to Scott River Road. 

The closure on highway 96 from Johnsons Bar to Happy Camp has been lifted and traffic has resumed. Traffic flow may be interrupted again as fire conditions warrant.

Scott River Road remains closed and under mandatory evacuation from Johnson Bar south to Bridge Flat. Traffic along the Scott River Road is being monitored by Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department.

Mandatory evacuations also include areas along the Scott Valley Road, as well as both south and north of highway 96 from Johnsons Bar to Seiad Valley.

The Klamath National Forest is under an emergency closure. An evacuation center was established at the Winema Hall of the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds in Yreka, CA.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department will be patrolling 24 hours in the evacuated areas and going door to door to notify residents of the evacuation. 

Cal Fire advised people who are more vulnerable take precautions and avoid prolonged or heavy outside activity if smoke is present. Individuals at risk should also consult their healthcare provider for evaluation of their best course of action and protective measures.

The Happy Camp Complex Fire--a combination of the Frying Pan Fire and Faulkstein Fire--is part of 17 blazes sparked in the Happy Camp Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest by lightning strikes from an Aug. 11 thunderstorm. All but three of the fires are fully contained.

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