Despite the efforts of more than 1,500 firefighters, the Gap Fire continues growing in a remote part of Siskiyou County.
The blaze, first reported Saturday, now exceeds 17,000 acres and is 8 percent contained. Officials with the US Forest service say, strong erratic winds, heavy fuel loads and drought conditions have set the stage for a difficult battle.
Several miles of State Highway 96 remain under one way traffic controls through the Horse Creek area, east of Seiad. All mandatory evacuations have been lifted, though a forest closure order remains in place in the vicinity, including a 26-mile portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.
An evacuation center remains open at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka. Large animals will be accommodated at the shelter. Atmospheric conditions are expected to create inversions today, trapping smoke in area valleys.
— Klamath NF (@Klamath_NF) September 1, 2016