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Happy Camp Complex Evening Update August 27, 2023

Press Release Source: Happy Camp Complex I.C. Team 5, 2023

Size: 19,204 acres Containment: 29%
Total Personnel: 3,421 People Evacuated: 346 Structures Threatened: 1,609 Structures Destroyed: 9 Structures Damaged: 2 Fatalities: 1

Start Date & Time: Wednesday, 8-16-2023, 10:27 a.m. Cause: Under Investigation
Location: Multiple Locations Across the Forest Suppression Strategy: Full Suppression Unified Command Agencies: California Incident Management Team 5, CAL FIRE Siskiyou

VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING: A virtual public meeting for the Happy Camp Complex will be held on Monday, August 28th at 5:30 p.m. Fire personnel will provide an operational overview of the fire situation. The meeting will be live-streamed on Facebook ( and YouTube ( A Facebook account is not necessary to view the meeting. 

WEST SIDE OVERVIEW (ACRES/CONTAINMENT): Elliot (5,730 acres, 3%), Swillup (2,147 acres, 0%), Malone (478 acres, 7%), Ufish (1,562 acres, 0%) 

The fires on the west side of the Happy Camp Complex were active today. The Malone Fire began to spread to the south, and fire crews began a tactical firing operation to keep the fire from spotting across the indirect containment lines. Crews are firing along Titus Ridge and plan to stop once they reach Titus Peak. The area will be patrolled throughout the night for any areas of concern. The Ufish Fire was also active this afternoon, and a tactical firing operation is planned for this evening.  

Across Highway 96, the Elliot Fire spread north and joined the Swillup Fire. Firefighters were able to hold containment lines on the north end of the Swillup Fire. Crews scouted for opportunities west of the fire to construct an indirect fire line. Highway 96 corridor remains a concern due to rolling debris. 

EAST SIDE OVERVIEW (ACRES/CONTAINMENT): Head (6,843 acres, 31%), Block (0.1 acres, 100%), Townsend (81 acres, 100%), Den (294 acres, 100%), Scott (1,870 acres, 67%), Lake (199, acres, 5%) 

Today, fire crews constructed direct fire lines on the Head Fire. They focused on building fire lines across the west and north flanks and improving the existing fire line on the east side.  On the Scott Fire, pockets of vegetation within the interior are still burning, and CAL FIRE resources are working to improve the fire line and monitor Scott River Road. The Den Fire was declared 100% contained today. 

Fire Information:  

Public Phone: (530) 330-5441 

Media Phone: (530) 330-5452 

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily 

Email: [email protected] Incident

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