Burnout Operations Help Containment Of Massive August Complex

A little bit of rain on the August Lightning Complex helped slow down the largest fire in California history. The complex covers 1,029,000 acres. Overall containment is at 76% along hundreds of miles of control line. The complex is burning in six counties, including the far southwestern corner of Shasta County. The fire is smoldering and creeping as crews mop up east of Highway 36 to the South Fork Trinity River. Crews are maintaining the Highway 36 corridor between Forest Glen and Post Mountain to keep it open for fire personnel. Tactical burning will continue around Ruth Lake to improve structure protection. Areas of concern include Little Bear Wallow Creek and Beegum Creek. Burnout operations will continue to strengthen control lines. Damage assessment crews in Southern Trinity County have confirmed 552 structures lost, 228 of them homes. That number will increase, as many areas are still not accessible.