Crews Gain Containment On Slumberous Lightning Sparked Fires

The August Lightning Fire Complex that started August 17th as 37 different fires on the Mendocino National Forest has burned 200,465 acres. Many of the original fires 30 miles northwest of Willows have merged to form larger fires. They include the 162,000 acre Doe Fire, the 9,000 acre Tatham Fire, the 19,700 acre Glade Fire and the 4,900 acre Hull Fire. The complex has an estimated overall containment of 17%.

The Elkhorn Fire in the Tomhead Mountain Area of Western Tehama County is now 36,600 acres and 33% contained. Two structures have been destroyed and it continues to be a threat to communities to the north and east, including Platina.

Most lightning fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest have been relatively small. The Spring Fire near Deer Lick Springs is 230 acres and now 90% contained.

The Red Salmon Complex in the Trinity Alps Wilderness about 14 miles northeast of Willow Creek is 22,000 acres with 42% overall containment.

The North Complex in Plumas and Lassen National Forests originally included 21 fires, but 16 are contained. The largest are the 29,000 acre Sheep Fire, the 5,200 acre Bear Fire and the 20,700 acre Claremont Fire. All three have been producing Pyrocumulus columns

Of the original 34 lightning fires in Butte County, 8 are still active. They total about 2,900 acres with 63% overall containment.

A Sagebrush and Juniper Fire in Eastern Lassen and Modoc Counties continues to grow but containment has greatly improved. The Cold Springs Fire has now burned around 70,800 acres with 42% containment.