Ten-day forecasts at weather.com show day after day of triple digit high temperatures throughout Siskiyou and Shasta counties, including July 4th.

With near record temperatures and low humidity in the forecast through the week and predicted lightning for the weekend, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest reports that it is increasing fire protection staffing.

Ten-day forecasts at weather.com show day after day of triple digit high temperatures throughout Siskiyou and Shasta counties, including July 4th.

The Shasta-Trinity NF reported that its crews, as of Wednesday evening, June 24, were mopping up a fire that was first reported Tuesday afternoon in the Castle Crags Wilderness, just west of Interstate 5, adjacent to the Pacific Crest Trail.

Response to the Castle Fire, according to a press release, included two chief officers, one patrol, one hand crew, one water tender, four fire engines, one air attack plane, one helicopter, and two air tankers. Castle Crags State Park and CAL FIRE also provided personnel and equipment.

The Forest Service reported that “fire progression was halted by a combination of hand and hose lines in conjunction with aerial delivered water and retardant” at approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday. The fire was declared 100% contained later that evening.

The cause of the fire was under investigation as of Wednesday evening.

While not under fire restrictions now, Shasta-Trinity officials remind forest users that campfire permits are required for fires outside of developed recreation sites.

“Remember – if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave,” according to the release.

To learn more about protecting public lands from wildfire, information is available on the internet at: http://www.fireadapted.org/ and www.preventwildfireca.org/OneLessSpark/