Northern California Fire Update: 7-12-08


Motion Fire Pics

Some evacuation orders have been lifted in the Igo-Ono area and fire crews continue to battle the Motion and Moon fires in Shasta County. Calm winds should aid firefighters, however.

A spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said this morning that some evacuation orders have been lifted in the Igo and Ono areas along Platina and Gas Point Roads.

Evacuation orders are still in effect, however, in the Rainbow Lake area, as well as Buell, South Fork, Bender, Zogg Mine and Archer roads as firefighters continue to battle the Moon Fire, which has grown to 28,780 acres and is 50 percent contained.

Cal Fire spokesman Jason Martin said this morning that the Moon Fire’s containment lines are holding and that firefighters have made good progress in attacking the fire’s eastern and northeast flanks.

Its western flank, however, continues to cause problems and created spot fires Friday in the Zogg Mine and Muletown road areas.

The Motion Fire west of Redding has grown 17,290 acres and was reported this morning as 40 percent contained.

That fire kicked up Friday and caused the closure of Highway 299, which reopened early this morning.

Still, Martin said that intermittent closures will be required today as firefighters conduct burnout operations from Highway 299 to Whiskey Creek Road on the southwest portion of the fire.

Firefighters, aided by air tankers and helicopters, should be greatly aided today by much calmer winds and higher humidity levels.

‘‘The weather conditions are real favorable now,’’ he said.

Highway 299 reopened:

Highway 299 from Shasta to Trinity counties was reopened this morning after the Motion Fire closed the highway on Friday.

The highway was reopened around 6:20 a.m., officials with the California Highway Patrol and state Department of Transportation said.

Here’s a rundown of blazes burning in the north state as of Friday evening.

Iron Complex:

The six active fires in this complex of 16 original fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest west of Junction City went to 36,136 acres and the complex was 48 percent contained.

Low relative humidity and gusty winds caused the Cedar Fire to triple in size to 5,946 acres with 4 percent containment. All U.S. Forest Service roads and trails in the area of the Cedar Fire have been closed until Sept. 11.

The Eagle Fire was at 9,547 acres and 50 percent containment.

The Zeigler Fire was up to 1,828 acres and 85 percent containment.

The Buckhorn Fire went to 5,936 acres with 7 percent containment.

The Ironside Fire remained at 12,687 acres but with 90 percent containment.

The Denny Fire remained at 43 acres with 80 percent containment.

Lime Complex:

The 45 active fires in the Lime Complex near Hyampom, Hayfork and Platina were at 76,663 acres with 65 percent containment.

The Miners Fire was at 8,570 acres with 50 percent containment.

The Lime Fire was burning 11,980 acres and was at 40 percent containment.

The Iron Fire was at 8,605 acres and 25 percent containment.

The Noble Fire was at 12,870 acres and fully contained.

The Trough Fire was at 3,385 acres and 40 percent contained.

Alps Complex:

Three active fires are burning in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The total fire acreage was at 1,218. The Granite Fire was at 542 acres and 80 percent contained. The Carey Fire was at 567 acres and 30 percent contained. The Rip Fire, being handled by eight smoke jumpers, was at 1 acre and 70 percent contained.

Siskiyou Complex:

The three fires in the complex that’s near Happy Camp on the Klamath National Forest were about 25,500 acres and 33 percent contained. Steep and inaccessible terrain continues to hamper containment efforts and the fire is threatening significant Karuk and Yurok tribal cultural and religious sites, a spokeswoman said.

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