Cal Fire helicopter in the air over Trinity County

A Cal Fire helicopter leaves Lonnie Pool Field in Weaverville en route to wildland fires burning around the county last week. In some areas of the Trinity Alps, only smokejumpers were able to reach areas where lightning started fires.

Firefighters and smokejumpers have been hard at work snuffing a number of lightning-caused fires in the Trinity Alps and around the county over the past week. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest office says several fires that started July 22 and 23 are now fully contained.

The largest, called the Oak fire, reached 2.95 acres near Oak Flat northeast of the Stuarts Fork Trail in the Trinity Alps. Due to its remote location, the fire was contained by seven smokejumpers.

The Rush fire consumed 0.58 acres in the Rush Lakes area and was contained by four smokejumpers.

The Kinney fire burned just over a quarter-acre near Kinney Camp Road in the Rush Creek area was contained by five personnel using one fire engine.

The Graves fire burned less than a tenth acre near Grave Creek north of Coffee Creek and was contained by seven smokejumpers.

The Zot fire also burned less than a tenth acre in an area northwest of Stewart Springs and was contained by four smokejumpers.

Meanwhile, smoke from other area fires lingered over the county Monday.

As of Monday, the Platina Fire, burning about 12 miles southeast of Whiskeytown Lake, was said to be 99 percent contained after burning 340 acres. It was discovered July 19 but its cause is still unknown.

The MP (Milepost) 21 fire, consumed 100 acres near Hoopa, and was considered 90 percent contained as of Monday morning. Other small fires are burning in remote areas north of Willow Creek.

The half-acre Salmon Fire was discovered Monday at the top

of Salmon Mountain and, at last report, smokejumpers were responding.

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