Northern California Fire Update: 8-3-08

While there has been a lot of progress lately, take a look at the containment pecentage. There’s still a lot of fire out of control even with the outstanding work being done.

Tanker Drop

Tanker Drop

Firefighters came close to full containment of the Eagle Fire in Trinity County.

The fire, part of the Iron Complex of fires, burned an additional 40 acres Saturday and had a fire line around 98 percent of the blaze as aerial firefighters continued to pound the fire with retardant, said Traci Weaver, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman.

On the Buckhorn Fire, also part of the Iron Complex, crews worked to keep the fire from burning beyond Limestone Ridge, Weaver said.

There will be a large turnover of resources today, as the Forest Service brings in replacement crews, Weaver said Saturday.

“We have to make sure we get the right type of crews for this area,” Weaver said. “The rest of the nation is heating up and there will be more competition for resources.”

Elsewhere Saturday, firefighters successfully conducted burnout operations to keep the fire from jumping the fire line on the Siskiyou Complex of fires, said Kerry Greene, a fire information officer with the Klamath National Forest. An Australian firefighting team arrived in Siskiyou County to help knock down the wildfires there, Greene said.

Here is a roundup of fires still burning in the north state:

Iron Complex:

The complex, which was 87 percent contained Saturday, had burned about 83,938 acres near Junction City. There are two other priority fires, not including the Eagle Fire, within the complex: The Buckhorn Fire was at 15,470 acres and 34 percent contained; and the Carey Fire was at 2,352 acres and 50 percent contained. A containment date for the Carey Fire is undetermined.

Lime Complex:

The Lime Complex near Hayfork had burned 62,676 acres and was 85 percent contained Saturday evening. The Miners Fire was listed at 24,368 acres and 85 percent contained, and the Lime Fire was at 23,176 acres and 70 percent contained. Hyampom Road remains closed until further notice from about three miles west of the junction with Highway 3 to about two miles west of the junction with Forest Road 10.

Yolla Bolly Complex:

A series of fires 20 miles west of Paskenta in Tehama County was 48 percent contained. The Grouse Fire was at 2,855 acres with 15 percent containment; the Yellow Fire was 28,904 acres and 40 percent contained; and the Vinegar Fire was at 41,561 acres and 45 percent contained.

Siskiyou Complex:

Fires southwest of Happy Camp had scorched 59,678 acres and were 60 percent contained by Saturday evening.

Bear Wallow Complex:

Two fires in the Marble Mountain Wilderness and Trinity Alps Wilderness had burned 11,475 acres and were 17 percent contained. A 16-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trial north of Etna Summit remained closed Saturday. The Trinity Alps Wilderness north of Caribou Lakes is also closed.

Blue 2 Complex:

These fires burning west of the Siskiyou Complex near Happy Camp had burned 6,636 acres and were 52 percent contained late Saturday.

Ukonom Complex:

Fires near Forks of Salmon had burned 42,195 acres and were 76 percent contained.

Panther Fire:

This fire southwest of Happy Camp had burned 7,115 acres and was zero percent contained.

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