East Fork crew fighting Happy Camp fire
September 1, 2014
An East Fork paramedic brush engine crew is helping to fight the 66,000-acre Happy Camp Complex fire burning in Klamath National Forest in California.
Capt. Allan Anderson, and Firefighter-Paramedics Mike Hackler and Aaron Ghysels left Sunday for Northern California, Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said.
“East Fork is able to send our resources to assist the forest service, being reimbursed for our expenses while our personnel gather experience to better protect us locally,” he said. “We are still able to provide the same level of protection to our community when we do these mutual aid responses.”
While Saturday saw a red flag warning for extreme fire danger, the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch reported no incidents.
Happy Camp is burning south of Highway 96 not far from the Oregon state line.
The fire has been burning since lightning set it on Aug. 11 and is 15 percent contained. It has so far cost $36 million to fight. More than 2,700 firefighters, including 77 hand crews are working on the complex.
Forecasters have issued a red flag warning for extreme fire danger in Northern California through 11 p.m. today.
Northeast winds in the vicinity should drive smoke away Carson Valley.
Smoke from the fire stretched due east across far Northern Nevada to Salt Lake City in Utah on Sunday. Smoke on Tuesday was limited to the area around Northern California.