The River Complex in northern Trinity/southern Siskiyou counties is now at 189,085 acres, 40% containment, the U.S. Forest Service reported Thursday morning, Sept. 16.
Included in the complex are the:
* Haypress/Summer fire, 183,145 acres;
* Cronan fire holding at 5,940 acres.
Of the 32 original fires comprising the River Complex, only the Haypress and Summer fires remain active. The Cronan fire has remained in its present footprint.
Light winds and decreased fire behavior were experienced over most of the incident Wednesday, as smoke from the Monument and McCash fires continued to shade the sun. As we move further away from the last wetting rain, fire-growth potential has increased and will continue to do so ahead of the cold front expected late Friday through Sunday. The decreased fire activity yesterday allowed crews to improve lines in and around the priority areas of Callahan and the Eagle Creek Loop. Crews in the Callahan area completed small firing operations to connect various lines south and east of town. Reduced smoke along the eastern flank of the fire near Minnehaha Creek resulted in some increased fire activity including more growth on the spot fires east of Eagle Peak.
Growth in this area was limited, however, as clearer skies allowed the use of air assets. Construction of contingency dozer lines east and north of Highway 3 continued. Lighter winds are expected today, short-range spotting from rollout and torching will continue to
be problematic. Some small spot fires were observed southwest of the Boulder Creek Trailhead, but these were near existing lines and crews were able to quickly construct handlines around these and deploy hoselines. No fire growth was observed on the southeastern flank of the fire and all crews have now been removed. Only one apparatus remains patrolling the Cronan Fire.
Trinity County: www.trinitycounty.org/OES
Siskiyou County: www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices
Coffee Creek Road west of Sugar Pine. Cecilville Road, east and south from Mathews Creek and Sawyers Bar Road from Highway 93 to Yellowjacket Road. Please be aware of fire traffic. Get road info at www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/publicworks/page/closures-and-delays.
The statewide Forest Service closure has been lifted. Some forests remain closed, check with your local Forest Service unit to see if closures remain in effect.
21 hand crews
24 water tenders
11 skid steers
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For questions or information regarding the status of your property, call Trinity County Office of Emergency Services at 623-8223.
For the most updated smoke outlooks, visit www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NorthernCalifornia.