Growth Of Lightning Fires Slows After Wet Weather Moves Across Northwestern California

Officials and residents are keeping a wary eye on slopes and hillsides as the rains have presented a slippery and dangerous situation with the scorched ground in the Northwestern California lightning fires. People downstream or downhill from fire damaged areas are urged to be alert. The bright side is there has been very little movement on the fires.

On the Happy Camp Complex, crews are still working the 7,600 acre Ufish Fire, which is 75% contained, and the 13,650 acre Elliot Fire, which is 70% contained. The 9 destroyed structures and one civilian fatality in the complex were on the now-contained Head Fire.

The Pearch Fire east of Orleans is 11,130 acres with 6% containment.

The several fires within the Mosquito Fire Complex have burned a total of 29,300 with overall containment of 6%.

The Smith River Complex in Del Norte County has burned over 94,500 acres with containment of 85% as Crescent City recorded 2.5 inches of rain in one day.