A Sikorski helicopter refills from the Trinity River near Highway 3 and Ramshorn Road Friday evening, Sept. 6. The chopper refilled about every five minutes while dumping water on the Ramshorn fire near Bonanza King Mountain.

Last week’s lightning storm ignited numerous fires throughout Trinity County. Many were contained at small size, but several continue to spread.

One of the fires that took hold is the Middle fire burning east of the Canyon Creek Trailhead in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. As of Tuesday the fire had grown to approximately 350 acres and was impacting the Canyon Creek and Bear Creek trails. A closure order has been issued for Ripstein Campground and trails in the area.

The Middle fire is located approximately mid-slope and is burning downhill into the Canyon Creek and Black Bear Creek drainages. The Forest Service said this fire is challenging because of the steep, rugged terrain, and firefighters are scouting line and making plans for the best way to confine the fire. Two firefighters were injured on the Middle fire during initial attack.

The fire is projected to continue to back down to Canyon Creek Trail, Black Bear Creek, and on Tuesday was in the vicinity of the Canyon Creek Trailhead.

For the most up to date Middle fire information, visit:

The Ramshorn fire is located northeast of Coffee Creek and as of Tuesday it had grown to approximately 238 acres. It’s burning in the North Fork of Ramshorn Creek north of Forest Road 133. Good progress was reported in establishing control lines on the fire. The fire was 35 percent contained on Tuesday with an anticipated containment date Sept. 21.

The Cutthroat fire, located north of Highway 299 near Big Flat, has been holding at 15 acres.

In far Southern Trinity County by the Mendocino border, the Henthorne fire was estimated Tuesday to be 244 acres and 20 percent contained. For more information go to

Just over the county line in Tehama, the South fire on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest was 2,746 acres on Tuesday morning. There were 441 personnel assigned. For more on the South fire, visit

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