Wildfire Burns in Klamath National Forest

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The Sulfur Fire is burning in the Klamath National Forest, south of Happy Camp. According to the Klamath National Forest Service, the fire broke out on Thursday in the Sulfur Springs Campground, located on the east side of Elk Creek between Cougar and Copper Creeks.

Firefighting resources have been deployed to the area. As of the last report at 9 PM yesterday, the fire had burned only 2 acres, and no updates have been provided this morning. However, authorities reported that the fire was spreading at a moderate rate.

The fire is burning in rough terrain, making it challenging for firefighters to bring equipment. The forest service notes the fire is situated on a slope amid timber and dead and downed fuels.

Firefighting efforts so far have included:
Air attack resources, with air tankers dropping retardant around the fire.
Ground crews and equipment building containment lines.

Today’s efforts will resume air operations and bring in additional firefighting resources to assist in containment.

Smoke drift is not expected to affect the region, but record temperatures and winds are a concern heading into the weekend.

This wildfire underscores the importance of vigilance while recreating in the outdoors as the region braces for record-high temperatures.

 

Photo courtesy Klamath National Forest