[Update June 11 8:09 P.M.] Mandatory Evacuations in Trinity, Saddle Fire at 1000 Acres

News release from InciWeb:

From Wikimedia.org

From Wikimedia.org

REDDING, Calif., June 10, 2015 On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 9, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest began to receive multiple lightning strikes. Between 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 9th and 9 a.m. this morning, there were 683 lightning strikes within the Shasta-Trinity NF Direct Protection Area. There have been numerous fires reported since the lightning event. Every management unit has been impacted.

The Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area Management Unit reported one half acre fire, southwest of the Sugarloaf Lookout.

The Shasta McCloud Management Unit has reported four fires, all of which should be controlled by the end of shift tonight.

The Trinity River Management Unit has reported 10 fires. Two have been controlled and the largest fire reported, the Hobo Fire, has been contained. Six fires, all less than one acre, are being assessed and firefighters are working to achieve containment and control. There is also a four acre fire, the Mile Fire, on the far northwest side of the forest. Smokejumpers are staffing the Mile Fire overnight.

The South Fork Management Unit has reported seven fires. The largest fire from this lightning event is the Saddle Fire, which is currently estimated at 250 acres.

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office is implementing mandatory evacuations along County Road 311, also known as the Lower South Fork Road, north of Big Slide Campground to Manzanita Ranch. Residents of Hyampom are under an advisory evacuation. The Red Cross is setting up an evacuation center at the Hayfork Fairgrounds. Forest resources are currently on scene, and an Incident Management Team has been ordered to take over firefighting operations beginning tomorrow.

With the amount and frequency of lightning the Shasta-Trinity NF received, there is potential for more fire starts to be discovered today and tomorrow. Firefighters and prevention employees will continue patrolling all forest areas. The forest is has ordered additional resources to maintain initial attack capabilities and be prepared for any new starts throughout the forest.

Fire information can be obtained by visiting check http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4274/ or calling the Public Information Line at (530) 605-7337.

Important note: A reader said the “Red cross evacuation center has been moved to Hayfork high school.”

UPDATE 9:43 P.M.: Tweet from the National Weather Service:

UPDATE June 11 11:31 A.M.: From InciWeb:

The Saddle Fire began on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. It is currently estimated to be 921 acres. A Type 2 Incident Management Team will be arriving for in-briefing this afternoon and assuming command tomorrow morning at 6AM.

UPDATE 8:09 P.M.: InciWeb incident overview:

The Saddle Fire began on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. It is currently estimated to be 1000 acres. NorCal Team 2 (Molhoek) arrived today for in-briefing and will assume command of the fire tomorrow morning at 6AM.



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