Hot & Dry Conditions Expected As Crews Continue Fight Against Area Wildfires

The August Lightning Fire Complex that started August 17th as 37 different fires on the Mendocino National Forest has burned over 287,100 acres. Many of the original fires 30 miles northwest of Willows have merged to form larger fires. They include the Doe Fire, the Tatham Fire, the Glade Fire and the Hull Fire. The complex has an estimated overall containment of 23%.

The Elkhorn Fire in the Tomhead Mountain area of Western Tehama County has grown to 44,500 acres with 45% containment. It continues to be a threat to communities to the north and east though many evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings.

The Red Salmon Complex in the Trinity Alps Wilderness about 14 miles northeast of Willow Creek has increased to 29,700 acres and containment has been reduced to 35%.

A new fire has broken out in Trinity County. The Hobo Fire burning on extremely steep terrain near Barney Gulch north of Helena is about 450 acres and 10% contained.

The North Complex in Plumas and Lassen National Forests originally included 21 fires, but 16 are contained. The largest still active are the 29,500 acre Sheep Fire, the 8,300 acre Bear Fire and the 22,000 acre Claremont Fire. The overall containment of the complex is reduced to 42%. Many evacuation orders have been downgraded.

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 84,800 acres with 89% containment.