Slater and Devil Fires grow to over 135,000 acres, some evacuations downgraded

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (KIEM) — The Slater and Devil Fires have grown to more than 135,000 acres. While some evacuation warnings remain in effect, some residents are now able to return home.

The evacuation order for the Happy Camp community has been reduced to an evacuation warning and residents can return to their homes.

Evacuation warnings remain in place for Elk Creek Road and Seiad along Highway 96, Big Flat, and Gasquet. The area from Pioneer Road to the state line is also under a warning. Hiouchi is no longer under an evacuation warning.

The Slater Fire has grown to roughly 131,601 and is 5% contained as it burns across the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Rogue-Siskiyou National Forests. The Devil Fire has scorched 4,429 acres north of Upper Devil’s Peak and is 0% contained.

For those that may be traveling through the area, there are still some road closures to keep in mind. Highway 199 remains closed from O’Brien South almost to Gasquet. Highway 96 remains closed from Portuguese Creek to Clear Creek.