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Eiler, Bald and Day fires update: Highways reopened, Forest closure remains in fire-affected areas

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 — As a further sign of progress on fires in Northeastern California, Eiler Fire officials have reopened highways 89, 299 and 44 with no restrictions.

However, a Forest closure order has been put in place within fire-affected areas to ensure public safety. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Old Station at the junction of Highway 89 and 44, north to the forest boundary at Cassel Road. All other roads and trails within the closure are closed, including trails in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness.

Other areas of the Forest remain open for recreation, such as camping and hiking — for example Big Pine Campground on the Hat Creek Ranger District.

The Forest closure order for fire-affected areas may be viewed online at fs.usda.gov/alerts/lassen/alerts-notices. Current highway information is available at (800) 427-7623 or online at dot.ca.gov.

The Eiler Fire, four miles southeast of Burney, has burned 31,772 acres on the Lassen National Forest and adjacent lands. Containment is now at 40 percent, with full containment projected for Aug. 20. The 1,874 personnel assigned to the fire will work to hold and improve the perimeter.

Eiler Fire information is available at 225-2510 or online at inciweb.nwcg.gov.

The Bald Fire, southeast of Fall River Mills, has burned 39,926 acres, and containment has increased substantially to 91 percent. Full containment is now expected by tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 8. The more than 900 personnel assigned will improve fireline and conduct mop-up operations.

Bald Fire information is available at 336-6553 or online at inciweb.nwcg.gov.

The Day Fire, located northeast of Fall River Mills, is 13,153 acres and is now 85 percent contained, with full containment expected by Saturday, Aug. 9. Mop-up operations continue as some 1,300 personnel remain assigned to the fire.

Day Fire information is available at 638-3614 or online at cdfdata.fire.ca.gov.

A trend toward warmer, dryer weather continues, as does the potential for thunderstorm activity.

            Information is also available via a recorded message on the Susanville Interagency Fire Center information line at 252-6450.


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