Crews Gain The Upper Hand On Area Lightning Fires Nearly A Month Into The Battle

Most Northern California lightning fires are in patrol status, but smoke is still being produced by strategic firing operations in the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests.

The Pearch Fire east of Orleans has burned 5,430 acres with 9% containment.

There’s still a lot of smoke coming from the 28,629 acre happy camp complex, which is 57% contained and being battled by around 1,200 personnel. Crews have been doing a lot of work along the Highway 96 corridor to secure unburned areas within the Ufish and Elliot Fires. 9 structures have been destroyed in the complex and 336 are still considered threatened. 20 people are still evacuated. There’s been one civilian fatality.

The Smith River Complex has burned 86,400 acres with 21% overall containment. About 10,000 acres of that is in Oregon. Around 1,900 personnel are on scene.

The Deep Fire northwest of Trinity Lake is in mop up with 87% containment after burning 4,200 acres.