Wednesday Fire Update: Conditions Expected To Dry Out After Heavy Rains Slow Fire Activity

Lightning sparked fires have been slowed by the rains, with the Happy Camp Complex getting 2.5 inches Monday night. The respite is expected to be brief though, as dry winds will sap the moisture back out of the vegetation quickly. The Happy Camp Complex is made up of 13 fires totaling over 11,600 acres with 2% containment. 9 structures are confirmed destroyed and more than 1,600 are threatened. One person has been found dead in his driveway. The biggest fire in the complex is the Head Fire, at more than 6,400 acres. Crews are working on structure protection, especially along Highway 96, with the west side of the complex still very active.

In the Six Rivers National Forest in Del Norte County, the Smith River Complex of fires now covers more than 47,140 acres with no containment.

In Trinity County northwest of Trinity Lake, the Deep Fire has burned more than 3,800 acres with 5% containment. A community meeting will be held Wednesday evening at 7 O’clock at the Trinity Center IOOF Hall.

The Lone Pine Fire near Willow Creek has burned about 1,700 acres with 5% containment.

There are many other fires, large and small, burning across Northern California.