All but eight of the 23 fires that firefighters responded to on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Monday and Tuesday had been contained or were in patrol status as of late Wednesday morning, July 22, 2015. The largest of the fires was contained at 3 acres.
The Shasta-Trinity National Forest received 570 lightning strikes during the 24 hour period that began 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, July 21.
That followed 296 strikes from Monday morning to Tuesday morning, according to a news release.
Firefighters had responded to 23 fires on three management units as of 11 a.m. Wednesday. The largest incident, the Captain Fire near Trinity Lake, was contained at three acres.
All but eight fires had been contained or were in patrol status as of late Wednesday morning.
“The successful operations on these fires can be attributed to the aggressive initial attack by our firefighting resources,” Shasta-Trinity NF Deputy Fire Management Officer Gwen Sanchez stated in the release.
The Shasta McCloud Management Unit controlled the Gumboot Fire yesterday, according to the release. The majority of the lightning in the past 24 hours was in this area. Firefighters on the unit responded to nine new fires last night and this morning. Three fires are already in patrol status and the remaining fires are small, single tree incidents with low potential for growth.
The five fires reported on the Trinity River Management Unit had all been contained and staffed.
The South Fork Management Unit reported seven new fires Tuesday and one additional fire Tuesday night. The most recent fire, the Wilcox Fire on the Yolla Bolla Ranger District, is expected to be in patrol status by the end of the day.
More lightning is forecast across the Shasta-Trinity Wednesday. “The forest has firefighting resources on hand to maintain initial attack capabilities and to be prepared for any new fires that may occur,” according to the release.
Information on specific fires can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4399/ or by calling the Public Information Line at (530) 628-0039.