On Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 24, firefighters from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest responded to a wildfire on private land in Siskiyou County in an area approximately 18 miles northeast of McCloud, just south of Horse Peak, according to a press release.

The fire started on private land during a prescribed fire operation to reduce hazardous fuels. Weather conditions changed and winds spread the incident out of containment, onto National Forest lands.

Although the burned area expanded outside the original planned prescribed area, positive effects to natural resources are being met and suppression forces are in place to limit additional spread, the release stated.

Fire behavior remained active over Tuesday night with wind-driven surface fire and short range spotting, and firefighters remained on scene, working to contain spread.

On Wednesday, Feb. 25, resources from the Forest Service, CALFIRE, and private companies continued building and strengthening containment lines.

According to information about the Stephens Fire at inciweb.nwcg.gov/, the perimeter of the 200 acre fire is 95 percent contained today, Thursday, Feb. 26, after minimal fire behavior last night.

Forest Service resources will continue to build and strengthen containment lines today and monitor interior burning to ensure there is no additional spread.

Gusty north winds are forecasted to ease and the forecast for Thursday night and into Friday includes a chance of rain and snow in the area, the release stated.

For more information, including maps and photos of the incident, go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4142 or call the Fire Information Line at 530-605-7337.

The Forest Service advises people to maintain awareness of changing weather conditions and increased fire danger due to the persistent drought. Even in winter months fuels are very dry and winds can alter conditions rapidly.