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US Forest Service - Klamath National Forest (CA/OR)

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Klamath National Forest (KNF - Forest #05) "Yreka" KMB 6-8-0

The Klamath National Forest encompasses nearly 1.7 million acres of land straddling the California and Oregon border with the majority in California and a small portion in Oregon. The Forest is divided into two sections separated by the Shasta Valley and the I-5 corridor. In the mountains to the west, the terrain is steep and rugged and is arguably the most rugged in the Pacific Southwest Region. The east-side has the relatively gentler, rolling terrain of volcanic origin. Here the Goosenest Ranger District also administers the Butte Valley National Grassland, the only National Grassland in Region 5. With elevations ranging from 450 to 8,900 feet above sea level, the Klamath National Forest is one of America’s most biologically diverse regions. It is situated in a transitional region between the hotter and drier areas to the south and the colder, wetter climate to the north. At the California-Oregon boundary the Klamath National Forest extends into Oregon and two small areas of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest extend into California. The two forests are in two different Forest Service Regions, the Pacific Southwest and the Pacific Northwest and Forest Service Regions normally follow state lines with some exceptions. In this case the boundary is following the divide between the Klamath River and the Rogue River. When Regional, National Forest and Ranger District boundaries are drawn, an attempt is made to follow drainage or hydrological boundaries. In this way two units are not managing the same watershed. The desired outcome is to have boundaries that follow topographical, hydrological and ecological lines, rather than oft arbitrary political ones.

Old growth forest is estimated to cover some 168,295 acres of the Klamath The primary trees are Coast Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii), Tanoak (Lithocarpus densiflorus), Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii), Port Orford cedar (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana) and White Fir (Abies concolor).

The forest includes 5 Congressionally designated wilderness areas, Marble Mountain, Russian, Trinity Alps, Red Buttes and Siskiyou. In the lower elevations, you'll find park-like stands of Ponderosa Pines, while in the higher elevations, the Douglas fir, sub-alpine fir and mixed conifer stands beg to be explored. There are 200 miles of river system for rafting and 152 miles of wild and scenic rivers on the forest. The Forest also helps to meet local and national needs for timber, gold, and other natural resources. The forest is divided into the Oak Knoll (District 1), Happy Camp (District 2), Salmon River (District 4), Scott River (District 5) and Goosenest (District 7) Ranger Districts, with the Forest Supervisor's Office in Yreka. As of 2016, there is one district ranger for the Oak Knoll and Happy Camp Ranger Districts with the district office for the combination located in Happy Camp. The Salmon River and Scott River Ranger Districts has one district ranger who works from the district office in Fort Jones. The Klamath's Ukonom Ranger District is being administered by the Six Rivers National Forest from their Orleans Ranger District Office.


R5 Klamath NF Campground Mini Map 2015.JPG



RADIO SYSTEM

The Klamath National Forest's radio system is unique in two ways. First it has one mountain top remote base and base stations located at Ranger Stations, work centers, fire stations and such. The mountaintop base is at the Gunsight Peak Communications Site west of Yreka. The ground level remote base stations are located at: Oak Knoll Work Center, Happy Camp Ranger Station, Seiad Station, Happy Camp Helibase, Sawyers Bar Work Center, Scott River Ranger Station, Salmon River Ranger Station, and the Goosenest Ranger Station. There is information that seems to indicate that Yreka Dispatch remote controls one base station at each ranger station, and the work centers at Seiad, Oak Knoll and Sawyers Bar. These are likely linked via phone lines or by VoIP. The rugged terrain likely prevents Gunsight remote base being able to cover the entire forest.

Second, the Klamath National Forest has a separate repeater net for each of the 5 ranger districts on the forest. The Black Net covers the Oak Knoll Ranger District, the Orange Net is provided for the Happy Camp Ranger District, the Salmon Net is used on the Salmon River Ranger District,, the Sage Net is assigned to Goosenest Ranger District and finally the River Net is for the Scott River Ranger District. A simplex channel is included for each net. The R5 project/fire net is not used on this forest due to conflicts with frequency use in the Pacific Northwest Region (R6 - Oregon and Washington).

Other

The unit identifier system for non fire personnel is unknown, but is likely to be the district number, function number and position number system. District Rangers identify with the forest number (5) followed by district number. The Yreka Interagency Dispatch Center provides dispatching services for the Klamath National Forest and is co-located with Cal Fire's Siskiyou Unit dispatch center at the Cal Fire Siskiyou Unit headquarters in Yreka. It is a 24 hour operation. The center's identifier is "Yreka".


Channel Plan

Klamath National Forest Channel Lineup
Channel Tone(s) Rx Tx Alpha Tag Description
1 7 171.5250 171.5250 KNF1 Frst Dir Forest Net Direct
2 1-12 171.5250 165.4125 KNF2 Frst Rpt Forest Repeater Net
3 168.2000 168.2000 KNF3 NIFC T2 NIFC Tac 2
4 167.6000 167.6000 KNF4 A/G43 CA1 P National Air-Ground 43 CA Zone 1 Primary
5 166.8750 166.8750 KNF5 A/G08 CA1 S National Air-Ground 08 CA Zone 1 Secondary
6 7 169.6375 169.6375 KNF6 BlkNet Dir Black Net Direct - Oak Knoll RD
7 1,2,10 169.6375 168.7750 KNF7 BlkNet Rpt Black Net Repeater - Oak Knoll RD
8 7 172.2750 172.2750 KNF8 OrngNet Dir Orange Net Direct - Happy Camp RD
9 2,4,11 172.2750 164.7000 KNF9 OrngNet Rpt Orange Net Repeater - Happy Camp RD
10 7 172.4000 172.4000 KNF10 SlmNet Dir Salmon Net Direct - Salmon River RD
11 5,6,13 172.4000 164.1250 KNF11 SlmNet Rpt Salmon Net Repeater - Salmon River RD
12 7 172.3250 172.3250 KNF12 SageNet Dir Sage Net Direct - Goosenest RD
13 8,9 172.3250 162.2250 KNF13 SageNet Rpt Sage Net Repeater - Goosenest RD
14 7 172.2500 172.2500 KNF14 RvrNet Dir River Net Direct - Scott River RD
15 2,7,10 172.2500 165.0750 KNF15 RvrNet Rpt River Net Repeater - Scott River RD

Reflects changes made in the fall of 2015.

Tones

KNF Repeaters
Tone Location CTCSS Input Tone CTCSS Output Tone Area of Coverage
1 Oak Knoll 110.9 97.4 Oak Knoll RD
2 Lake Mtn. 123.0 192.8 Oak Knoll RD/Happy Camp RD/Scott River RD
3 Baldy Lookout 131.8 Unknown Happy Camp RD
4 Ukonom 136.5 Unknown Happy Camp RD
5 Orleans 146.2 Unknown Salmon River RD
6 Eddy Gulch 156.7 179.9 Salmon River RD
7 Bolivar 167.9 186.2 Scott River RD
8 Ball Mtn. 103.5 203.5 Goosenest RD
9 Orr Mtn. 100.0 Unknown Goosenest RD
10 Collins Baldy 107.2 192.8 Oak Knoll RD/Scott River RD
11 Slater 114.8 Unknown Happy Camp RD
12 Paradise Craggy 127.3 192.8 Yreka and Shasta Valley
13 English Peak 141.3 Unknown Salmon River RD

The input tones are not transmitted on the output frequency. The output tone of each repeater, when known, is shown in the table above. I added some output tones, and I have discrepancies (and did not change), I saw Tone 8 having a 103.5 out, and tone 12 having 179.9 out..Keith Note: only the Angeles and Klamath National Forests provide area of use descriptions for each repeater.

Related Links

  • National Incident Radio Support Cache - These frequencies are used for large incidents, usually when a Type I or Type II Incident Management Team is assigned. This cache is used for fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, visits of high ranking officials, such the U.S. President and the presidents of other countries, large law enforcement incidents, special events and other incidents where the federal government is utilizing the Incident Command System.



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US Forests in California:

Angeles Inyo Lassen Modoc Sequoia Six Rivers
Cleveland Klamath Los Padres Plumas Shasta-Trinity Stanislaus
Eldorado Lake Tahoe BMU Mendocino San Bernardino Sierra Tahoe