More lightning-caused fires discovered, the largest in Trinity County

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

As anticipated, more lightning-caused fires were discovered Wednesday after 683 lightning strikes hit in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest during the 24 hour period beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 9.

“Every management unit has been impacted,” according to a Wednesday evening Shasta-Trinity press release.

Most significantly, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office is implementing mandatory evacuations along County Road 311, north of Big Slide Campground to Manzanita Ranch, according to the release.

The Saddle Fire burning on the South Fork Management Unit outside the community of Hyampom, northwest of Hayfork, was estimated at 250 acres.

Residents of Hyampom were under an advisory evacuation as of Wednesday evening, and the Red Cross was setting up an evacuation center at the Hayfork Fairgrounds. Forest resources were reported to be on scene, and an Incident Management Team is expected to take over operations Thursday.

The Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area Management Unit reported a one half acre fire southwest of the Sugarloaf Lookout.

The Shasta McCloud Management Unit reported four fires, “all of which should be controlled by the end of shift tonight,” according to the release.

The Trinity River Management Unit has reported 10 fires. Two have been controlled, and the largest fire reported, the Hobo Fire, has been contained.

Six fires, all less than one acre, are being assessed, and firefighters are working to achieve containment and control, the Forest Service reported.

Smokejumpers are staffing the four-acre Mile Fire overnight, on the far northwest side of the forest.

“With the amount and frequency of lightning the Shasta-Trinity NF received, there is potential for more fire starts to be discovered today and tomorrow,” according to the release.

Fire information can be obtained at: or by calling the Public Information Line, (530) 605-7337.