The Elk Fire 2021 didn't grow significantly from Monday and was estimated between 50 to 75 acres about seven miles southeast of Happy Camp in a remote part of Siskiyou County.
The risk of wildfire is greater than usual for this time of year as warm temperatures and wind have dried out the forest, Klamath National Forest officials said.
The wildfire started about 2 p.m. Sunday in the Elk Creek drainage of the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District. It's burning in rugged terrain and timber with many dead snags from previous fires, which have created challenges, forest officials said. About 200 personnel were on the fire, including a helicopter and fire crew sent by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The effort involves five 20-person crews, a dozer, two water tenders and 12 engines.