Tennant Fire is 100% contained, local firefighters take control

Skye Kinkade
Siskiyou Daily News

Officials declared the Tennant Fire 100% contained on Monday, with minimal lingering fire activity.

The fire was sparked on June 28 at the same time that the Lava Fire swept through the Mt. Shasta Vista Subdivision, ultimately burning 10,580 acres, closing Highway 97 and prompting evacuation orders for hundreds of residents. The cause of the Tennant Fire is still under investigation, although scanner traffic indicates it may have been caused by a car fire along Highway 97.

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Local firefighters took control of the incident today. Crews will continue to patrol and mop up hot spots and work on suppression repair, according to a press release from the Klamath National Forest.

"As the Tennant Fire demonstrated, fuels in and around the Klamath National Forest are critically dry and highly receptive to new fire starts," the release states. "All it takes is one small spark in the current conditions to start a wildfire, and it is early in the fire season. The public's commitment to preventing new ignitions will help to protect communities and natural resources while preserving firefighting forces for what could be a long and challenging fire season."

Skye Kinkade is the editor of the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers and the Siskiyou Daily News. She is a fourth generation, lifelong Siskiyou County resident.