Northern California Fire Update: 7-3-08

Crews continued to battle wildfires across the north state Wednesday, making progress in some areas and seeing the blazes grow in others.

Two burned-out residences were discovered by firefighters late Tuesday in the Ball Road area near Platina. The structures were destroyed by the Noble Fire, which also has destroyed three sheds.

Fires under the responsibility of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection totaled 53,600 acres as of Wednesday evening, compared with 52,500 acres Tuesday night.

The fires in Cal Fire’s Shasta-Trinity Unit were up to an overall 40 percent containment, spokesman Mike Witesman said Wednesday night. Some of the fires were fully contained.

“It’s looking better all the time without question,” Witesman said.

Following is the status of the north state’s main fires:

Deerlick Complex:

These fires grew by 300 acres from Tuesday night to Wednesday, burning 16,800 acres, a Cal Fire spokesman said Wednesday.

Containment of the fires was at 30 percent.

Other fires in Shasta County continued to hold at their Tuesday night levels. The Motion Complex was burning on 16,700 acres of land with crews holding it at 50 percent containment. The Moon Complex was at 18,600 acres and 25 percent contained. The Lower Grass Valley Fire, at 475 acres, was holding at 60 percent containment.

Iron Complex:

In the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, this series of 21 blazes threatening communities along Highway 299 west of Junction City grew to 20,704 acres Wednesday, up from 19,178 acres Tuesday evening. The blaze was 25 percent contained. Mop-up will continue on the north and west sides of the Eagle Fire near Junction City and firefighters will build lines around the Ziegler Fire to protect the community of Hawkins Bar.

The high-priority Ziegler Fire was at 581 acres and 30 percent contained. The Cedar Fire was at 600 acres with zero containment. The Ironside Fire was at 11,559 acres and 25 percent contained. The Eagle Fire near Junction City had burned 5,098 acres and was 50 percent contained.

Lime Complex:

This series of 70 fires near Hyampom, Hayfork and Platina stayed relatively quiet over Tuesday night. A total of 40 fires were active while 30 were contained. As of Wednesday evening, the complex of blazes was up to 37,448 acres and 51 percent contained overall. Crews continue to make progress by beating back priority fires in the complex and on Wednesday were shifting resources to fires in the Yolla Bolly Wilderness.

The Noble Fire had burned two residences and three outbuildings by Wednesday morning. The fire is burning along Highway 36 near Platina and into Tehama County. The blaze was slow-moving Wednesday morning. Crews estimate the blaze will be controlled by 6 p.m. Sunday.

“If our weather holds, we’ll make our deadline,” a Cal Fire spokeswoman said.

The fire was burning 12,540 acres and was at 85 percent containment.

The Telephone Fire was fully contained Wednesday night at 5,188 acres.

Alps Complex:

This series of 13 fires in the Trinity Alps Wilderness grew slightly to 3,579 acres and was at 5 percent containment Wednesday night. The blazes were slowly increasing in size.

The Siskiyou Complex:

The three main fires grew again overnight Tuesday, burning on 9,915 acres, up from Tuesday’s 7,988 acres. The complex was a quarter contained Wednesday and still no homes and buildings have been threatened by the fires. Highway 96 was open to traffic and the pilot was no longer being used. Crews Wednesday worked to establish a “spike camp” closer to the fires as a base to reduce firefighters’ travel time to the blaze.


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