Several of California's 19 large wildfires burning in north state

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
The Helena Fire in Trinity County as seen Aug. 30, 2017 from Hayfork Bally. Photo by Jeffrey Hamilton, from

CAL FIRE reported Sunday morning, Sept. 3, that more than 12,000 firefighters are battling 19 large wildfires in California.

A strong high pressure is forecast to continue to be over the state’s northern region today, with temperatures as much as 20 degrees above normal throughout the region.

Afternoon relative humidity will be 5 to 15%, with recovery only to 20 to 30% at night in many areas. The stable conditions under the strong high will also lead to poor smoke dispersion and poor air quality in canyons and valleys near and downwind of active fires, according to CAL FIRE.

CAL FIRE notes that embers from a wildfire can travel up to a mile away from the main fire and ignite a new fire. It encourages a visit to the website to learn more about being prepared for wildfires.

Fire information is available at and

Following are recent updates on large fires in northern California:

• One of 19 large wildfires burning as of Sunday morning in California, the Helena Fire in Trinity County started Aug. 30 west of Weaverville and is burning along Hwy 299 and on both sides of the Trinity River. It had grown to 7,440 acres of brush and timber and was only 6 percent contained as of an update Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at: The Helena Fire had destroyed 133 structures, 72 residences and 61 outbuildings. Eight other structures were damaged and structure threat and evacuation orders remain in effect.

• The Salmon August Complex Fire started by lightning Aug. 11 has grown to 48,889 acres and was 15 percent contained in the Marble Mountain Wilderness and Klamath National Forest side of the Trinity Alps Wilderness. See details at:

• The Young Fire in the Siskiyou Wilderness in Six Rivers National Forest was started by an as yet unknown cause Aug. 7. It had burned 2,500 acres of timber and brush and has an estimated containment date of Oct. 15. See:

• The Eclipse Complex five miles west of Happy Camp includes multiple fires started by lightning Aug. 15. It has burned more than 80,000 acres and was reported to be 25 percent contained. See:

• The Warner Mountain Lightning fire in Modoc County has been burning since late July after approximately 40 fires were discovered on the Warner Mountain Ranger District following lightning strikes. It is listed at 210 acres. See:

• The Orleans Complex, 20 miles north of Orleans in Siskiyou County was also started by a series of lightning strikes in late July. It has burned more than 17,000 acres and 51% contained. See: