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Fire Activity Slows Across Area Fires As Weather Cools

Since the beginning of the year, about 335,700 acres has burned in California and some of the worst fires in memory have started in September and October, but as the Northstate enters a cooling trend there’s been very little growth on the area’s large wildfires.

The “Forward Fire” that started near Manton Friday afternoon is 50% contained and still holding at 160 acres. All evacuation warnings have been lifted.

Exterior lines have been completed on both portions of the Six Rivers Lightning Complex in the Willow Creek area. However, interior fire activity continues, giving the complex an overall containment of 93% after burning 41,540 acres. More than 700 personnel remain on the job, mostly working on mop-up and repair, and removing the fire-resistant wrappings that had been placed on historic structures. The complex started as a dozen lightning-sparked fires on August 5th.

Evacuations have all been lifted from the Mill Fire, which is now 100% contained after burning 3,935 acres. 92 homes were destroyed and 26 outbuildings. Two women in Weed were killed and 3 other civilians were injured. On Wednesday the Roseburg Forest Products Company will provide details on how people can make claims on their $50 Million community restoration fund and their insurers. A claims office will be set up in Weed.

The Mountain Fire west of Gazelle has died down considerably, with minimal activity Tuesday. The Mountain Fire is 13,436 acres, now with 70% containment. Two structures have been destroyed and 2 firefighters have been injured. Cal-Fire is still seeking help identifying what started the fire September 2nd, with a tip line at 842-1022.