Minimal Fire Growth Reported On Area Lightning Fires

Crews are mostly mopping up and patrolling for hot spots on most Northern California lightning fires, but smoke is still being produced by strategic firing operations.

The Pearch Fire east of Orleans has burned 5,430 acres with 8% containment.

There’s still a lot of smoke coming from the 29,400 acre Happy Camp complex, which is 57% contained. 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.

Firefighting operations on the Smith River Complex near Crescent City were suspended after a fuel mix-up. Early Friday a fuel vendor filled a supply tank with the wrong type of fuel, causing the breakdown of 42 of the 700 firefighting vehicles on the complex. All operations were halted for two hours Friday afternoon while the situation was sorted out and the 42 trucks were towed away for repair. The Smith River Complex has burned 85,900 acres with 20% overall containment.

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

Tehama County firefighters kept a vegetation fire from causing structural damage in southwest Cottonwood Sunday. The fire was burning in seasonal grasses off Evergreen Lane, with one large pile threatening a structure. The fire was held to about an acre.