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Crews Make Progress On Lightning Sparked Fires As Weather Heats Up

Activity is decreasing on the many lightning fires that started last week around the Northstate as Forest Service and Cal-Fire crews make progress toward containment. Firefighters are prepared for worsening conditions though, with another couple of hot and dry days expected.

The Red Bank Fire is not expected to expand anymore, but it continues to be active within its perimeter, with nearly 2000 personnel still assigned to it. The fire was started by lightning last Thursday west of Red Bluff and destroyed two structures. It burned 8,838 and is now 95% contained.

The South Fire is still slowly gaining acreage, with a lot of exposure remaining on the perimeter. The South Fire is on federal land west of the Red Bank Fire 15 miles south of Platina. It’s now 3,434 acres with 20% containment.

The Henthorne Fire 15 miles northeast of Covelo remains at 244 acres and is 85% contained.

Only 2 fires remain active in the Trinity River Management Unit as the Forest Service has extinguished the other 20 or so fires. The 280 acre Rams Horn Fire between Highway 3 and Castle Crags is now fully contained. The 394 acre Middle Fire continues to creep through heavy timber northeast of the Canyon Creek Trailhead.

Most of the 40 fires in the Klamath National Forest have been defeated. The 1,872 acre lime fire near Happy Camp is 29% contained, and the 165 acre Kidder 2 Fire near Cottonwood Peak is 43% contained.

The Walker Fire in Plumas National Forest 11 miles east of Taylorsville has burned 50,730 acres with 32% containment.