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Fire updates

The Eiler Fire, Lassen National Forest, started 6:04 p.m. Thursday, July 31 and is now 45 percent contained. It has burned 32,416 acres seven residences, 12 outbuildings and two commercial buildings. Deployment of 44 fire crews (1,893 total personnel), 210 fire engines, 20 bulldozers and nine helicopters to fight this fire. The cause of the Eiler Fire is still under investigation

It is currently burning around the Hat Creek community; containment is expected Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Firefighters continue to construct fire control lines and extinguish multiple spot fires outside the perimeter. Crews are aggressively constructing direct hand line utilizing Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness. With the exception of Lassen National Forest, all highway closures and evacuations have been lifted. The forest is open for recreation and woodcutting. Due to high temperatures and low humidity, there is a potential for increased fire activity. A red flag warning has been issued for Sunday with possible thunderstorm and lightning activity. It is asking everyone to use extreme caution, “one less spark — one less wildfire.” For more information about how to prepare for wildfires, go to readyforwildfire.org.

Fire restrictions in effect:

•Campgrounds closed — Honn

•Pacific Crest Trail Closed at Highway 299 to Highway 44

•1000 Lakes Wilderness

•Forest closures on fire affected areas.

For all other forest closures refer to fs.usda.gov/detail/lassen/notices/?cid=STELPRD3811897.

For all flight restrictions, refer to tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_4_8809.html.

Emergency workers are asking everyone to drive with caution while traveling through fire-affected areas.

Cooperating agencies: Shasta County Fire, Office of Emergency Services, Burney Fire District, Bureau of Land Management, Shasta County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California National Guard, Caltrans, Pacific Gas and Electric, Red Cross, California Conservation Corps, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Georgia Forestry Commission, Louisiana Office of Forestry and Farmington New Mexico Fire Department.

Day Fire incident update

The Day Fire started at 7:01 p.m. July 30 as a lightning-caused wildland fire in Modoc County, North of the Day community. Containment is currently at 94 percent and expected Wedensday, Aug. 13. The fire has burned 13,153 acres and destroyed six structures. At total of 20 engines, six water tenders, two helicopters, seven hand crews (305 total personnel) and two dozers.

Yesterday, Sunday, Aug. 10, firefighters continued mop-up operations, patrolling the fire’s perimeter and extinguishing hot spots. Thunderstorms built throughout the day, and the fire area experienced several down strikes and gusty winds, some within a mile of the Day Fire’s origin. Winds continued throughout the night, but crews were able to hold containment lines. More thunderstorms are expected this afternoon. Crews will continue to patrol containment lines. Continue to watch for slow-moving firefighting equipment on the roadway in and around the fire area.

Assisting agencies are Cal Fire, USFS, BLM, Cal EMA, local government, Modoc County Sheriff, Lassen County Sheriff, Shasta County Sheriff, Sierra Pacific Industries, WM Beatty and Associates and CDCR.

For information about other fires, contact:

Bald Fire: 336-6553

Eiler Fire: 225-2510

Burney Mountain advisory

There are many hot spots and flare ups within the fire perimeter in the area of Burney Mountain. These are visible from the surrounding communities, including Burney, Hat Creek and Old Station, especially at night.

            Firefighters are aware of these events and are taking action as they occur.


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