Fire officials are warning people not to be complacent about fire despite the relatively mild year, as some of the most destructive and fast moving fires in California history have started in the Autumn months.
In perhaps the best sign that conditions have improved dramatically in the fight against the Northwestern California lightning fires, the Forest Service has lifted fire restrictions on the Klamath National Forest. That means that visitors can again have campfires outside of developed campgrounds and recreation sites, although campfire permits are required. Restrictions remain in effect on the Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests. Cal-Fire areas also remain under restrictions.
People downstream or downhill from fire damaged areas are still urged to be alert for flash flooding and mudslides as rain is in the forecast.
The Happy Camp Complex is nearly cold, with the 7,600 acre Ufish fire 83% contained and the 13,650 acre Elliot Fire 80% contained. The 9 destroyed structures and one civilian fatality in the complex were on the fully contained Head Fire.
The Pearch Fire east of Orleans has burned 12,100 acres and is now 31% contained.
There’s still some growth on the several fires within the Mosquito Fire Complex, having burned more than 33,319 acres with containment of 10%.
The Smith River Complex in Del Norte County is 94,600 acres with containment of 85%.