I-5 closed both directions at Oregon border to Yreka
#KlamathonFire (UPDATE 7:30 pm) Now 4,000+ ACRES in the communities of Hornbrook, California, Hilt, California. Fire is 0% contained. An Evacuation Order is in effect for all Hornbrook and Hilt. An evacuation shelter is open at the Jackson Street School. Large Animal shelter at Fairgrounds.
CAL FIRE IMT 4 Derum ordered
CHP CAD updates:
1830 - Fire near Bailey Hill Road offramp, possibly another 5 hours of I5 closure, winds expected for at least 4 more hours (should start to diminish after sunset)
1924 - Powerlines down across 5 at Bailey Hill Road
1942 - Abandoning post at Bailey Hill Road, overrun by fire
2009 - Oregon State Police helping with shutting down Old Siskiyou Highway, working on evacs in Hilt and on the Oregon side of the fire.
Transporation info, live camera summaries etc. better covered by TripCheck when near the Oregon border.
If you’re traveling from the north, follow https://twitter.com/TripCheckI_5D for updates
Tankers 164 and VLAT 914 getting in their last drops of the night. S2T’s returning to their home bases for the night.
5000 acres 0%contained
Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency.
#Klamathon - Folks in the Mt. Ashland area are being alerted. 6000 acres and growing! The fire is moving fast!
#Klamathon (UPDATE) Fire is 8000+ acres and 5% contained with multiple structures threatened and damaged or destroyed. An Evacuation Order is in effect for Klamathon Rd from I-5 to ager and all Hornbrook City all the way to and including Hilt /Colestein Valley
From ONCC News and Notes 0620hrs: National Weather Service- Medford has issued a Red Flag Warning from noon today to 6 PM this evening for strong gusty wind and low RH for Central Siskiyou County, including Shasta Valley (Fire Weather Zone 281). Link
In addition the Red Flag Warning remains in effect from 2 PM this afternoon to 8 PM this evening for strong gusty wind and low RH for portions of Modoc County. Fire Weather Watch in effect from Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening for strong gusty wind and low RH. Link
18 crews, 52 engines, 5 dozers, 7 watertenders. Estimated 900 people evacuated.
Sounds like there was a wind shift overnight and the fire burned in multiple directions. I think it started too late in the day for a nirops flight to be scheduled.
per CHP CAD:
CHP and ODOT are now escorting traffic through on I5 in the last hour. All offramps hard closure between Yreka and OR border. The cameras on the oregon side show heavy smoke, not much airflow. 60% RH this morning. Cameras and WX on CA side are down.
See if this works, it looks like the heat showing on the satellite dropped a good deal overnight:
WIldfire today had an article on it (direct libk to the article not working, but you can read it on the front page);
|Issue Date :||July 06, 2018 at 0159 UTC|
|Location :||HORNBROOK, California near FORT JONES VOR/DME (FJS)|
|Beginning Date and Time :||July 06, 2018 at 0330 UTC|
|Ending Date and Time :||October 31, 2018 at 1841 UTC|
|Reason for NOTAM :||TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING AVIATION OPERATION|
|Replaced NOTAM(s) :||N/A|
|Pilots May Contact :||SEATTLE (ZSE) ARTCC, 253-351-3698|
|Center:||On the FORT JONES VOR/DME (FJS) 006 degree radial at 28.5 nautical miles. (Latitude: 41º52’50"N, Longitude: 122º32’24"W)|
|Radius:||7 nautical miles|
|Altitude:||From the surface up to and including 8000 feet MSL|
|Effective Date(s):||From July 06, 2018 at 0330 UTC To October 31, 2018 at 1841 UTC|
Spot Forecast for Klamathon Wildfire…Yreka Dispatch
National Weather Service Medford OR
437 PM PDT Thu Jul 5 2018
Forecast is based on forecast start time of 1700 PDT on July 05.
If conditions become unrepresentative…contact the National Weather
…RED FLAG WARNING FOR STRONG GUSTY WIND WITH LOW RH IN EFFECT
UNTIL 8 PM PDT THIS EVENING…
.DISCUSSION…Low pressure offshore will continue to strengthen
and will push wind and humidity to critical levels in the Shasta
Valley and other locations east of the Cascades this afternoon and
evening. Elsewhere breezy and dry weather will continue with
onshore flow in the coastal counties. On Friday the trough will
move through. Winds will continue to be gusty but humidity should
increase some. A warming trend is expected late in the weekend
and into next week.
Max temperature…Around 89.
Min humidity…12 percent.
Eye level winds…South winds around 11 mph with gusts to around
Wind (20 ft)…South winds around 22 mph with gusts to around
Mixing height…9300 ft AGL.
Mixing winds…South around 18 mph.
Min temperature…Around 56.
Max humidity…70 percent.
Eye level winds…South winds 5 to 11 mph with gusts to around 17
mph shifting to west winds 4 to 7 mid evening
then shifting north 2 to 4 mph after midnight.
Wind (20 ft)…South winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 25
mph shifting to the north 5 to 6 mph after
Mixing height…9300 ft AGL decreasing to 100-200 ft AGL.
Mixing winds…West around 9 mph.
Sky/weather…Sunny in the morning then becoming partly
Max temperature…Around 90.
Min humidity…13 percent.
Eye level winds…Down valley winds 1 to 3 mph shifting to the
south 3 to 5 mph with gusts to around 12 mph
in the afternoon then shifting to the northwest
2 to 4 mph late afternoon to early evening.
Wind (20 ft)…Northeast winds around 5 mph shifting to the
south 5 to 9 mph with gusts to around 16 mph in
Mixing height…100-1400 ft AGL increasing to 8000-8100 ft AGL.
Mixing winds…South around 12 mph.
Type of request…WILDFIRE
CHP just announced that NB I-5 is open with no restrictions. They were pacing/escorting earlier.
CalFire IMT4 is assigned. Expect them to officially take over the fire at either 1800 tonight, or 0600 tomorrow.