UPDATE 1 | JUNE 19, 2019
A wildfire named the LUMGREY Fire ignited on Monday, June 17, 2019, around 1800 hours from an unknown source, which is currently under investigation. It started as two separate fires that merged together. The incident is off of CA Hwy 96 and near Lumgrey Creek on the Klamath National Forest in Siskiyou County, California.
There are approximately 266 total personnel along with an US Forest Service – Klamath NF IC E. Willy is in charge of Fire Command. Some resources were dispatched on Tuesday from neighboring Eldorado National Forest and CAL FIRE to assist with the wildfire.
CHP lead drivers as an escort on Hwy 96 for local traffic only.
Help from above also arrived with airtankers based out of the Medford Airtanker Base making drops about 18,000 gallons of retardant and spending a whopping $94,000!
The forward movement of the fire and its behavior is expected to be at a minimal impact but there were legitimate concerns when the fire was reported on June 18th, that it had jumped the Klamath River.
As more assessments are made of the total fire perimeter, there may be a readjustment of total acres burned. At the time of this post, there was about 207 acres destroyed.
Crews have reached a total 60% containment as this evening. They will, however, continue to work on securing and improving lines around the fire which will increase the containment number.
Evacuation warnings for Dutch Creek and Empire Creek were lifted. Previous evacuation warnings were also given to those who live near the Gottsville area. (June 17).
Fire images | Photo Credit: USFS – Klamath NF. Courtesy of: Inciweb
(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1910 hours PDT