***#McKinneyFire – Update
***Fairchild Clinic to Resume Appointments
***Siskiyou OES Unaccounted for Persons
***New Fire on the Klamath
From U.S. Forest Service – KNF
Fire activity was again mitigated today by cloudy, cooler conditions. On the McKinney Fire, no perimeter growth was observed. Crews were able to work successfully behind the city of Yreka, bringing dozer line along the ridge to protect the structures. In the steep area on the fire’s southern edge, hand crews worked on direct line construction near Baldy Gap, and in Humbug Creek. The fire continued to back down toward the river in the Walker Creek area, and crews worked there to protect structures. On the west side of the fire, dozers are working there way into the fire’s edge, constructing line from Steelhead and Scott Bar to cut off the fire’s western and southern spread.
The China 2 Fire, located south of Highway 96 near Fort Goff, is slowly backing toward Highway 96 in several locations and is very visible from the road. Crews are stationed along the highway and around structures in the area. Fire behavior has been moderate. Both handcrews and dozers are working to construct line, from China Mountain southwest toward China Point, and southeast toward West Grider Creek. Progress on those lines was good today.
From Fairchild Medical Center
The mandatory evacuation order for the Fairchild Medical Clinic has been lifted. The Clinic will reopen for patients on Wednesday, August 3. Scott Valley Rural Health Clinic in Etna has resumed seeing scheduled patients.
The hospital continues to operate and was not included in the mandatory evacuation order for Yreka. This includes the Fairchild Medical Center Emergency Department, which remains fully open and operational. Patients needing emergency care will be evaluated for treatment and if appropriate either admitted or transferred to an outside facility.
Fairchild Medical Center will continue to work closely with local, county, state and federal agencies to manage the situation caused by the McKinney wildfire and will do its best to stay open and operational to serve the emergency medical needs of the community and firefighting personnel.
From Siskiyou OES
Unaccounted for Persons from McKinney & China 2 Fires
Yreka, CA – Evacuations result in displacement of persons from their homes and loss of communication with family and friends. First try all known phone numbers, emails, and social media to make contact with the person, followed by family and friends. Contact the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative that may be in an evacuation shelter by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
After trying all known contacts and shelters, if the person is still unaccounted as the result of the McKinney or China 2 Fires and you believe they are missing, you may contact the Siskiyou County Emergency Operations Center – Unaccounted Persons line at: 530-842-8741. This line is staffed by the EOC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Please be prepared to provide information including name, date of birth, address, last known whereabouts etc.
DO NOT call 9-1-1 for non-emergency information. Dispatchers are busy routing emergency traffic. Please use the dedicated phone line to report missing/unaccounted persons from the fire.
For updated information on the fire go to Incident Information System: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or call USFS Public Information at 530-289-8920.
To access the evacuation areas map and road closures, go to Zone Haven: community.zonehaven.com or to the Siskiyou County OES website: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices Please follow Siskiyou County OES on Facebook for information updates.
From Siskiyou Alerts FB Page
The new Empire lightning fire is 5 acres. Currently slow rate of spread with high potential for growth in timber. Off Empire Creek Road and north of Hwy 96.