The River Complex in northern Trinity/southern Siskiyou counties is now at 185,862 acres, 21% containment, the U.S. Forest Service reported Sunday morning, Sept. 12.

Included in the complex are the:

* Haypress/Summer fires, 179,922 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. Some 94 structures have been damaged or destryoed: 30 residential, 39 outbuildings, 24 commercial and one cabin.

Crews on the River Complex experienced minimal fire movement and were able make good progress toward working active areas of the Haypress/Summer fires. Firefighters continue constructing direct fire containment lines within the southeastern fire perimeter, north and south of Coffee Creek. Resources from less active areas of the fire were temporarily moved in to assist with these operations. Additionally, crews are

using indirect fire containment lines in areas where terrain and other factors make direct fireline construction too dangerous. Helicopters were also able to conduct aerial fire suppression operations due to improved visibility.

In the northeastern fire perimeter, firefighters are continuing to conduct direct fire suppression near Sugar Hill. Crews are working to bring containment lines to existing road systems to contain the fire with less impact to the landscape. As conditions permit, firefighters will use a combination of ground and aerial ignition operations to remove vegetation. This will hinder the fire’s progress toward the community of Callahan.

In the northwestern fire perimeter, firefighters will continue defensive firing operations near existing trails around the spot fire adjacent to Parker Meadow to prevent the fire from spreading east toward Trinity Center. Crews are also using defensive firing adjacent to Cecilville Road to hold the primary containment lines to prevent the fire from spreading to the north.

EVACUATIONS

Evacuation orders and warnings have been issued for Siskiyou and Trinity Counties.

For specific information regarding evacuations visit www.trinitycounty.orjg/OES or www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices.

ROAD CLOSURES

Coffee Creek Road west of Highway 3. Cecilville Road west from Callahan, which includes Cecilville to Plumber Creek north and west of the Siskiyou-Trinity county line. Sawyers Bar Road from Highway 93 to Yellowjacket Road. Please be aware of fire traffic. Get live road info at http://ca511.dot.ca.gov/.

RESOURCES

901 personnel

20 hand crews

14 helicopters

65 engines

18 dozers

25 water tenders

11 masticators

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.

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