Elkhorn Fire Grows In Tehama County, Staffing An Issue On August Complex

Evacuation warnings remain in effect for the Community of Platina. The threat is from the Elkhorn Fire, now 33,720 acres and just 7% contained. The Elkhorn is burning in Western Tehama County southwest of Red Bank Road. It’s now under dual command with Cal-Fire and the Forest Service as part of the Tehama/Glenn Zone of the larger lightning complex. At least 1,500 structures are threatened, most of them homes. Only two have been confirmed destroyed. One firefighter injury has been reported.

The August Complex that started a week ago as 37 different fires on the Mendocino National Forest has burned 181,051 acres. Many of the original fires 30 miles northwest of Willows have merged to form larger fires. The largest is the 153,000 acre Doe Fire, which has overtaken the Ivory Fire. The Tatham Fire is 8,000 acres and the Glade Fire further south is 14,000 acres. The complex has an estimated overall containment of 11%. Staffing is a major issue, with only 465 personnel on scene for the massive operation.