Approximately 5,000 firefighters were battling 14 large wildfires in California as of Sunday morning, including two in Siskiyou County, according to a California Statewide Fire Summary distributed by CAL FIRE.
The Fay Fire, south of Etna, had burned 469 acres and was 85 percent contained as of 7:45 a.m. Sunday.
The Island Fire, described as being “deep in the Marble Mountain Wilderness on the Klamath National Forest,” is about 14 miles west of Etna. “The fire is being suppressed under an alternative suppression approach to clean up hazardous fuels from an area that hasn't burned in a long time,” according to information posted at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5304/. “There is no recorded large fire history for this portion of the Wilderness, although it is surrounded on the north, west and south by recent large fires.”
Started by lightning on June 25, the Island Fire had burned 567 acres as of Saturday evening and was expected to grow by 200 to 400 acres Sunday.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Sunday "issued an emergency proclamation for Butte County due to the effects of the Wall Fire, which has burned hundreds of acres, damaged critical infrastructure, threatened homes and caused the evacuation of residents," according to a release from the Governor's office.
Two other fires were reported Thursday afternoon in northern Siskiyou County, one near Schulmeyer Gulch Road in Yreka and one on Machado Lane in Big Springs. CAL FIRE reported that the causes of both fires were under investigation. A barn was reported to be destroyed on Machado Lane, and some damage was done to a residence. The Schulmeyer fire consumed 4.4 acres and was out as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The Machado Fire burned 1.4 acres.