As 168 firefighters work on the Grape Fire near the border of the Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests, the US Forest Service notes that "fuels across both forests are drying out sooner than expected," which has led to an increase in fire behavior for this time of year.

As of Friday morning, April 27, the US Forest Service reported that 168 firefighters were utilizing engines, hand crews, fallers and dozers to construct a line around the Grape Fire, which had burned 150 acres since Tuesday evening.

The fire is located north of Hyampom, north-west of Hayfork, near the border of the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests.

An air attack plane and type 1 helicopter are planned to be on the incident today, according to a press release from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

As stated in the release, “Due to an increase in fire activity, the Sims Restoration Project area prescribed burn was declared a wildfire. This incident is referred to as the Grape Fire and a local Type 3 incident management organization has assumed command.”

The Six Rivers and the Shasta-Trinity National Forests are working together to safely suppress the Grape fire while keeping firefighters safe and protecting the public, private property, water systems, Pacific Gas and Electric transmission lines and natural forest stands, according to the release.

The cause of the fire is reported as under investigation, and it's noted in the release that "fuels across both forests are drying out sooner than expected," which has led to an increase in fire behavior for this time of year.

“The weather forecast appears to be favorable with cooling temperatures and a chance of rain which has helped moderate the growth of the fire.”

The public is reminded that fire engines and personnel will be using County Roads 301 and 311, locally known as Hyampom Road and South Fork Road, to access the fire. “For your own safety and the safety of the firefighters, all visitors are being advised to avoid the immediate area.”

Information about the fire is being updated on the Internet at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5761/