Over 1,500 firefighters are still working to contain the Happy Camp Complex fire in Northern California today, which grew 12,310 acres yesterday, bringing the total acreage to 44,549. Mandatory evacuations are still in place for nearby residents as the fire continues to threaten approximately 650 structures and is only 20% contained, according to fire officials.
Hot, dry conditions have been challenging firefighters since the Happy Camp Complex began on August 12th. While the fire has been slowed on the west and south ends of the perimeter, it continues to expand north and east, and that expansion is expected to continue into the weekend as a dry cold front enters the area. The front is expected to bring winds gusting up to 25 mph and lower RH levels, which will support more active fire behavior.
The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation for residents near the complex: The Scott River Road from Bridge Flat to the intersection of HWY 96, all areas south of HWY 96 between Scott River Road and Grider Creek, and all areas south of Hwy. 96 from Seiad Valley down river to Cade Summit. An evacuation shelter has been established in the area, and more information can be found here.
Up to date information on the Happy Camp Complex can be found via InciWeb.