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Firefighter battling Marble Fire in wilderness area experiences Heat Exhaustion

Forest Service News Release

Fire crews successful in keeping fires small

Yreka, Calif., July 6, 2023— Early yesterday morning, a wildland firefighter was hoisted out of the Marble Fire on the Klamath National Forest by partners with the California Highway Patrol’s Aviation Division. The firefighter was transferred to a nearby hospital, treated for heat exhaustion, and released yesterday.

The firefighter was part of a group of ten smokejumpers that were working on the lightning- caused Marble Fire within the Marble Mountains Wilderness. First detected on July 1st, firefighters have been continuously working in the steep wilderness terrain during the high heat that has plagued the area this past week. Thanks to their efforts, the Marble Fire was called out Tuesday afternoon. The remaining crewmembers hiked out of the wilderness yesterday.

The half-acre Little Fire within the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District is the only remaining fire on the Klamath National Forest. Since Memorial Day, fire crews have fought 41 fires (38 lightning and 3 human-caused) and kept all but four of them to less than one acre. The largest of those fires was the Marble fire (2 acres).

The Klamath National Forest & Butte Valley National Grassland cover 1,700,000 acres located in Siskiyou County, California and Jackson County, Oregon. Butte Valley National Grassland is the newest National Grassland and the only one in California. The forest is headquartered in Yreka, CA, and maintains ranger stations in the California communities of Macdoel, Happy Camp, and Fort Jones.

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