Shasta-Trinity National Forest fire officials say residents in the McCloud and Mount Shasta areas will continue to be impacted by smoke from fires burning in the north state, but there is no fire threat to these communities.
A community meeting has been scheduled for Monday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. at McCloud Elementary School to give residents a chance to hear up to date information from the Incident Management Team. MCSD Fire Department Members will be present as well as McCloud Community Services District staff.
Siskiyou County Public Health issued a press release Aug. 16 advising residents of poor air quality because of smoke and offering strategies to reduce smoke exposure. That release can be downloaded at: www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/
In all, some 7,700 firefighters started Sunday battling eight major wildfires in northern California, and the National Weather Service released a Red Flag Warning for gusty winds and dry conditions. Fire officials say the winds, expected to reach 25 to 30 mph in northeastern California, have the potential to continue to spread current fires and/or cause spot fires beyond established perimeter lines.
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Goff Fire near Seiad is last active Fort Complex blaze
Bagley Fire near Big Bend
The Bagley Fire, which is burning timber and brush fields on steep slopes about 17 miles south of McCloud, had grown to 20,875 acres and was 20 percent contained as of Sunday morning.
Thirty-seven hand crews, six helicopters, 54 engines, 17 bulldozers, and 10 water tenders are being used to fight the fire, which was started by lightning Aug. 18 seven miles west of Big Bend, north of Hwy 299.
The Shasta-Trinity National Forest has placed an Emergency Closure Order for all land in the fire area. That order and more information about California fires can be found at www.inciweb.org.
All Shasta-Trinity National Forest recreation facilities within the closure area, including Deadlun and Madrone Campgrounds are closed. The PG&E operated Hawkin's Landing Campground is also closed.
Highway 299 East, Big Bend Road and Forest Service 34N17 Road (commonly known as Fender's Ferry Road) remain open. Motorists are advised to drive with caution.
Goff Fire near Seiad
The Goff Fire, started by lightning Aug. 5 about 10 miles from Happy Camp, had grown to 9,776 acres as of Sunday morning and was 15 percent contained.
Page 2 of 2 - Additional resources were ordered to assist with firefighting and structure protection efforts in the community of Seiad Valley, according to a Klamath National Forest press release.
The Goff Fire, the last fire that has not been contained in what was originally called the Fort Complex, "crossed to the east side of the Pacific Crest Trail containment line and is established above the community of Seiad Valley, increasing the threat to private property and residences," according to the release.
Resources being used on the Goff Fire as of Sunday morning were 9 engines, 4 water tenders, 15 hand crews, and 4 helicopters.
Closures in the area include a stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Other fires that have yet to be contained include:
• Ponderosa Fire, Tehama/Shasta Counties, southeast of Redding, near the communities of Manton and Shingletown; 27,676 acres - 74% contained; 300 residences threatened. Complete containment expected Monday.
• North Pass Fire, Mendocino County, northeast of Covelo; 26,648 acres - 33% contained
• Chips Fire, Plumas County, Plumas National Forest, 20 miles northwest of Quincy, 66,750 acres - 61% contained
• Barry Point Fire, State of Oregon & Modoc County, Fremont-Winema National Forest, West of Goose Lake, along the Oregon and California border, 93,071 acres - 95% contained; 38,394 acres have burned into California
• Ramsey Fire, Calaveras County, Stanislaus National Forest, Hwy 4, 11 miles east of Dorrington, 1,137 acres - 95% contained.
• Rush Fire, Lassen County, Bureau of Land Management, 15 miles southeast of Ravendale, east of Susanville; 320,793 acres- 66% contained.
For more fire information see www.inciweb.org.