Northern California Fire Update: 7-15-08

Sunset July 2008 Keswick Fires

Wiskeytown Fire Contained

One of the trio of wildfires burning in and near Whiskeytown National Recreation Area over the past three weeks was contained Monday evening.

The 6,240-acre Whiskeytown Fire was declared contained at 6 p.m., said Barbara Alberti, chief of natural resources management at the park.

That means a fire line has been etched around the fire, but the flames are not completely out.

Motion Fire

The Motion Fire entered the park’s northeast corner over the weekend and the Moon continues to burn just south of the park, although Alberti said fire lines should prevent it from entering Whiskeytown.

Fire crews lit burnouts along Highway 299 to halt the Motion Fire, and evacuations of park buildings and homes along Whiskey Creek and Grizzly Gulch roads remained in place Monday evening.

It’s unclear when the park, which closed Friday, will open again, said Bud Ivey, a Whiskeytown spokesman. “It’s when fire activity allows it,” he said.

As of Monday evening, the fire — which started in the Motion Creek drainage near Shasta Dam and burned in several directions before sweeping toward Whiskeytown late last week — had charred 21,899 acres and was 50 percent contained, Galvan said.

Moon Fire

The Moon Fire, which has caused evacuations near Igo and Ono, had burned 28,899 acres and was 80 percent contained.

Deerlick Fire

The Deerlick Fire, about 5 miles northeast of Platina, was at 12,701 acres burned and 95 percent contained by Monday night, Hartman said.

Iron Complex

This series of 28 fires west of Junction City had burned about 43,899 acres and was 45 percent contained Monday.

Lime Complex

The 92 fires in this complex have blackened 77,488 acres and were 58 percent contained Monday. All evacuations associated with this fire have been lifted.

Siskiyou Complex

These fires near Happy Camp have burned 36,100 acres and are 16 percent contained. Burning in steep terrain on the Klamath National Forest, the blaze continues to threaten important Karuk and Yurok cultural and religious sites.

Fires By County:

Butte: The Butte Lightning Complex has burned 54,000 acres and is 75% contained. The Butte Fire Information Number is (530) 538-7826. Click Here for more information.

Mendocino: The Mendocino Lightning Complex has burned 53,300 acres and is 90% contained. The Mendocino Fire Information Number is (707)-467-6426. Click Here for more information.

Shasta & Trinity: The Shasta and Trinity Lightning has burned 79,375 acres and is 55% contained. The Shasta-Trinity Unit Information Number is (530) 225-2510. Click Here for more information.

Humboldt: The Humboldt Complex burned 1,325 acres and is now 100% contained.

Lassen, Modoc: The Corral Fire burned 12,434 acres and is now 100% contained. Click Here for more information.

The Oliver Fire burned 2,789 acres and now 100% contained.Click Here for more information.

Lake: The Walker Fire burned 14,500 acres and is now 100% contained. Click Here for more information.

Napa & Solano: The Wild Fire burned 40,000 acres and is now 100% contained. Click Here for more information.

Santa Clara: The Whitehurst and Hummingbird Fires burned a combined 994 acres and are both now 100% contained. Click Here for more information.

Tehama & Glenn: The Tehama-Glenn Lightning Complex burned 22,907 acres and is now 100% contained.


2 Responses

  1. Glad that they’re getting a handle on them.

  2. While the fires have been bad, the loss of property has been small. And as of this afternoon, only one death.

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