Redding Fire Crews Deployed To Help Fight Klamath Lightning Fires

Fire crews are trying to strengthen control lines on multiple lightning sparked fires in Northern California forests, while crews are in mop up stage on others.

The eleven fires of the 19,200 acre Happy Camp Complex are being fought by more than 3,400 personnel. 9 structures are gone and 1,609 are threatened. There’s been one civilian fatality. The Canyon and 3 Creeks Fires have merged with the Elliot Fire at 5,200 acres. The Head Fire is now 31% contained at almost 6,900 acres. Highway 96 is no longer closed for fire activity, but there are delays up to 30 minutes for repair work such as removing debris, stabilizing slopes and replacing guard rail posts.

In the Six Rivers National Forest in Del Norte County, the Smith River Complex of fires is 6% contained after burning more than 70,600 acres, most of it in heavy timber.

In Trinity County northwest of Trinity Lake, the Deep Fire is now 58% contained at 3,850 acres.

There are dozens of other forest fires burning in the Klamath and Six Rivers Forests, as well as the Shasta-Trinity and the Trinity Alps and Yolla Bolly Wilderness.

The Siskiyou Loop Area of Rancho Tehama was evacuated Sunday due to a vegetation fire. Cal-Fire crews attacked the fire quickly and held it to 4.28 acres. Cal-Fire personnel is being assigned far and wide wherever help is needed, not just in California but in Hawaii and Canada as well. Redding Fire Department is also well invested in the mutual aid system, with 15 members of the department currently deployed in Klamath and Smith River. The department has sent 3 engine companies and 4 overhead personnel.