Fire crews worked on several blazes in Trinity County this past week.
The Captain fire was reported July 4 on the west side of Trinity Lake. At 9:48 p.m. the fire was reported to Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch. The caller said someone shot a flare off in the area and it started a fire a mile north of Captains Point.
The fire was fully contained at 18 acres. On Tuesday, District Fire Management Officer Glen Tingley said the fire is showing minimal activity, or smoldering, all inside containment lines. Crews check it regularly and will call the fire out once no heat is detected.
The cause of the Captain fire is still under investigation, the Forest Service said.
The Ranch fire started July 2 on South Fork Road in Salyer. Sheriff’s call logs show that callers suspect arson. On Tuesday Peggi Lawrence from the Six Rivers National Forest said the blaze is still under investigation.
The fire was fully contained that day at less than an acre with no structures involved, Lawrence said.
Four Forest Service engines, two Salyer Volunteer Fire Department engines, the Hotshot crew from Salyer, an air attack plane and Cal Fire helicopter responded.
The Hawkins fire was reported around noon on July 6 near Waterman Ridge, about three miles north of where the Ranch fire burned. It was on private property but within the Six Rivers protection area. No structures were involved.
In addition to the Forest Service, the Hawkins Bar Volunteer Fire Department responded.
The fire was contained at 7:30 p.m. the day it started at between two-tenths and a quarter-acre, Lawrence said. The cause is under investigation.
Work continues on the East fire in the southeast corner of Trinity County in the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness. The lightning-caused fire was reported June 17.
At last report from the Mendocino National Forest on July 9, the fire was still holding steady at 410 acres and was 85 percent contained. The fire continued to smolder deep in the No Name drainage.
After several days of brushing trail and hauling supplies, a pack train and a California Conservation Corps crew are in place at the East Fire basecamp on Buck Ridge. Using pack mules and the CCCs to support personnel on the East Fire reduces the need for helicopter use on the incident; the last helicopter was released Thursday. The fire is spreading into an area with sparse vegetation and slowing down naturally on its own; minimal activity is expected.
Personnel on the incident were monitoring the fire and brushing the trail on East Ridge south toward Lucky Lake. This trail work will provide access for personnel to regularly check on the fire to ensure it stays within the designated confinement area as summer heats up and the vegetation gets drier.