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Wet Weather Brings New Dangers For Crews Battling Area Wildfires

Rain expected this weekend could mean trouble for people who have already been affected by fires. Burned areas on steep slopes are at great risk of flash flooding and debris flows. The Weather Service says that anyone who can look uphill from where they are and see burned areas may be at risk.

The Mountain Fire west of Gazelle in Siskiyou County is still showing minimal activity and crews are working on mop-up and backhaul operations. The Mountain Fire is 13,440 acres, and now 80% contained. Two structures have been destroyed and 2 firefighters have been injured. Some evacuations remain in effect. Cal-Fire is still seeking help identifying what started the fire September 2nd, with a tip line at 842-1022.

The Six Rivers Lightning Complex in the Willow Creek area now has an overall containment of 97% after burning 41,560 acres. Almost 700 personnel remain on the job, mostly working on mop-up and repair, though damaged trees continue to fall across roadways. The complex started as a dozen lightning-sparked fires on August 5th. A large community protection project is underway above Big Flat eliminating ladder fuels and other potential hazards.

The Forward Fire that started near Manton last Friday afternoon is 75% contained and still holding at 160 acres.