California fires update

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
The nearest fire is burning 10 miles from Happy Camp, but smoke has been clouding skies in the Mount Shasta area, as seen in this photo of the sun taken Tuesday morning from the Mount Shasta High School football field.

CAL FIRE reports that more than 9,000 local and federal firefighters are working to contain a dozen large wildfires burning across the state.

Firefighters are making good progress, despite continued dry conditions, according to a CAL FIRE press release issued Thursday morning, Aug. 16.

The Fort Complex fires, which were ignited 10 miles northwest of Happy Camp by lightning on Aug. 5, have grown to 3,790 acres and are 23 percent contained. With 745 personnel on scene, the estimated date of containment is Aug. 30.

California's increased fire activity, coupled with the current weather forecast for continued heightened fire danger, prompted CAL FIRE on Wednesday to suspend all burning permits and open fire within the State Responsibility Area of California.

The Burn Ban story is here.

The Burn Ban suspends all residential burn permits, forest management, hazard abatement, and other industrial-type permitted burning within the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area.

Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property are allowed if they are in a designated campfire site that prevents fire from spreading outside the site.

The largest current fire in the state is the Rush Fire at more than 140,000 acres. Located approximately 15 miles southeast of Ravendale in Lassen County, it was started by lightning Aug. 12 and was burning within a half mile of Hwy 395 as of Thursday morning. It is 25 percent contained and is expected to be fully contained by Aug. 19.

Other fires in the state include as of Thursday morning are:

CAL FIRE incidents

• Wye Fire, Lake & Colusa Counties, Hwy 20, east of Clearlake Oaks, 7,934 acres - 80% contained; all evacuations have been lifted; expected containment Sunday, August 19

• Buck Fire, Riverside County, Community of Sage, 2,681 acres; 60% contained; all evacuations have been lifted; expected containment Saturday, August 18

• Vallecito Lightning Complex, San Diego County, throughout Eastern San Diego County; 15,525 acres - 60% contained; 6 total fires, 4 of which are 100% contained; evacuation orders in effect.

• Mill Fire, Butte County, Hwy 32, 10 miles northwest of Butte Meadows; 1,025 acres - 15% contained, expected containment Tuesday, August 21

• Salmon Fire, El Dorado County, Salmon Falls Rd, south of Pilot Hill; 108 acres - 100% contained.

Federal and local fires

• Chips Fire, Plumas County; US Forest Service – Plumas National Forest; 20 miles northwest of Quincy; 42,964 acres - 20% contained; CAL FIRE is assisting

• Reading Fire, Shasta County, National Park Service – Lassen Volcanic National Park; 14 miles south of Old Station, 25,242 acres - 25% contained; CAL FIRE is assisting

• Jawbone Complex, Kern County, Bureau of Land Management, west of Jawbone Recreation Area, north of Mojave; 12,462 acres - 70% contained

• Ramsey Fire, Calaveras County, US Forest Service – Stanislaus National Forest, Hwy 4, 11 miles East of Dorrington; 1,150 acres - 30% contained

• Quail Fire, San Bernardino County, National Park Service – Joshua Tree National Park in Juniper Flats, northwest of Keys View; 275 acres - 90% contained

Recently contained fires

• Salmon Fire, El Dorado County, Salmon Falls Rd, south of Pilot Hill; 108 acres - 100% contained

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