YREKA, Calif. -- The Antelope Fire has burned 143,826 acres and remains at 66% containment.
A public meeting will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 7 p.m. at the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds in Tulelake. The meeting will also be streamed live at facebook.com/KlamathNF.
Some evacuations in Siskiyou County were downgraded to warnings. No evacuation orders currently exist. Residents returning to downgraded areas, including Medicine Lake, are urged to remain aware of the fire situation and be prepared to leave again should conditions change. Current evacuations can be found at co.siskiyou.ca.us/evacuations or at facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff.
Firefighters assigned to night shift continue to identify and extinguish heat sources near containment lines. Fire behavior was minimal overnight.
Vegetation further warms and dries Sunday, crews expect fire activity to increase. Gusty northwest winds predicted for this week could pose challenges to containment lines on the southeastern edge of the fire, and the priority today is to strengthen containment there, especially along Forest Road 77.
Firefighters will also begin the construction of a contingency line on Forest Road as a backup. In addition, infrared mapping overnight showed some heat remaining on the western edge of the northernmost finger.
In Lava Beds National Monument, the fire has mostly been extinguished. Crews will continue to patrol and “cold-trail” the fire line, carefully walking the fire perimeter to make sure no heat remains that could pressure containment lines. The eastern entrance to the park is open, with access to Gillem Bluff and Captain Jack’s Stronghold. No public access is available past that point.
The south/southwestern areas of the fire continue to hold well. Hazard tree removal and road repair and slope stabilization will continue Sunday.
Temperatures Sunday are expected to be a few degrees warmer than Saturday, despite the cold start. Humidity recovery overnight was less than Saturday, and overall conditions are expected to be warmer and drier. Gusty northwest winds are predicted in the afternoon. This trend is expected to continue into next week, with critical weather conditions predicted for Tuesday due to heightened wind speeds.
A Smoke Outlook for the Antelope Fire is available at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NECalifornia.
For more on closures ans restrictions visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD949139.