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The Gap Fire is burning on the Klamath National Forest approximately 20 miles west of Yreka and 35 miles east of Happy Camp. As of 6am, the fire is at approximately 8,820 acres. Over 700 personnel are now assigned to the fire.
The U.S. Forest Service is reporting that the fire was active around its perimeter overnight, with most growth occurring on the southern flank of the fire and that activity continues this morning. Firefighters on night crew worked to catch spot fires near Howards Gulch and to provide structure protection in the Middle Creek area. Crews also worked to continue the direct line construction begun by yesterday shift into Robinson Gulch.
Crews on Tuesday will continue building line into Robinson Gulch, with potential strategic firing operations planned in that area if weather conditions permit. Firefighters will also scout and construct fireline from White Cloud Mountain west toward the Horse Creek Drainage and east toward Middle Creek, as well as west from Buckhorn Ridge toward Middle Creek. Current operational objectives are to keep the fire north of Highway 96 between Seiad and Horse Creeks, south of the Siskiyou Crest, East of Seiad Creek, and west of the footprint of the 2014 Beaver Fire. Firefighters continue in place to provide structure protection.
Cooler weather is expected for the fire area, and anticipated higher humidity may help crews today. A slight chance of thunderstorms is predicted for this morning.
All evacuations remain in place. Structures in the fire area continue to be assessed, and property owners are aware of damage to their properties. Nine structures, along with twelve outbuildings, were destroyed by the Gap Fire on the evening of August 27, 2016. Highway 96 is now open, with controlled, piloted traffic through the fire area. Burned material, rocks, and vegetation loosened by the fire may roll onto the road and drivers are urged to use extreme caution. The road could be closed at any time, should fire conditions change.
If you have information about the cause of the fire, please contact the US Forest Service Tipline for the Klamath National Forest at 530-841-4470.
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