California: Happy Camp Complex of fires
The Happy Camp Complex of fires grew by 12,000 acres on Thursday, requiring additional mandatory evacuations in the Seiad Valley area, including:
- Scott Valley Road from Bridge Flat to the intersection of Hwy. 96.
- All areas south of Hwy. 96 between Scott River Road and Grider Creek.
- All areas south of Hwy. 96 from Seiad Valley down river to Kade Summit.
On Thursday the two largest and most active fires in the Complex, the Faulkstein and Frying Pan Fires, spread rapidly on the east side aided by long-range spotting. The fires grew together when an inversion broke. A west wind pushed the fire to the northeast, with burning embers being carried a mile and a half in front of the fire.
As you can see on the maps below, the fire is 38 miles southwest of Medford, Oregon and less than two miles from Seiad Valley, California on Highway 96.
Weather conditions are expected to be similar on Friday, which could lead to additional extensive fire growth during the day.
Map showing the Happy Camp Complex of fires, which is very active, and the Beaver Fire which is nearly contained. The yellow area on the Happy Camp Complex was the location of the fires on August 24. The red line was the perimeter at 11 p.m. on August 28.
The map below zooms in on the Happy Camp Complex, which has advanced to within less than two miles of Seiad Valley on Highway 96.
Map of the Happy Camp Complex. The yellow area was the location of the fires on August 24. The red line was the perimeter at 11 p.m. on August 28.
We posted a map earlier on Friday showing the distribution of smoke created across California, Oregon, and Idaho by the Happy Camp Complex of fires.
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