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Update on lightning fires: Klamath National Forest Sept. 17, 2023

The south side of the Klamath National Forest received numerous lightning strikes. #KlamathNF firefighters responded to multiple smoke reports. Crews were dispatched quickly to check them for validity.

📸USFS KNF Photo is of the Grant Fire

New fire: The Grant Fire near Wild Lake is confirmed at three to five acres. They have aircraft executing water drops, a hot shot crew is responding, and smoke jumpers are on the ground.

The KNF has aerial recon checking on these fires and looking for any additional fires that have not been reported.

The south side of the Klamath National Forest received numerous lightning strikes last night. There are twelve reports of fires. Seven of these have resources on them, one is contained, one is scheduled for containment tonight end of shift. Fire Management has ordered more resources to support these new fires.

Update: The Grant Fire near Wild Lake is currently at twenty-eight acres. Resources include aircraft, a hotshot crew is enroute and available for tomorrow’s operations and seventeen smoke jumpers. Moderate potential of growth. The top and the left flank of the fire have a hand line completed.

Update/ Name change from the Panther: The Horse Fire is located north of Seiad. Resources (five engines and one dozer) are working the fire. There is completed line around the fire. This evening the crews began to mop up.

Update: The Deacon Fire east of Sawyers Bar was a single tree with minimum ground fire. This one is contained and in patrol status.

Update: The Hickey Fire, southeast of Sawyers Bar; Repeller’s are on scene. It is a 10’ X10’ ground fire with a snag burning. It has low potential for growth. Estimated containment is tonight Sept. 17, 2023.

Update: The Creole Fire near the Russian Trailhead was checked this morning, and they were unable to locate it.

New fire: The Meadow Fire located just below the Grant Fire has smoke jumpers on it.

New fire: The Uncle Fire is one tenth of an acre with smoke jumpers working on it.

Update: The Tanner Fire is staffed with repellers.

New Incidents: The Abbot and the Pierce and East Fires are not staffed.

Update: The Peak Fire near Idyllwild Campground is one tenth of an acre and not staffed.

The #KlamathNF has a local helicopter developing a plan to get resources into the unstaffed fires tomorrow.

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📸USFS KNF BDF E335 from San Bernadino NF keeps watch as fire lookout for DIV Kilo.

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