Saddle Fire Consumes 880 Acres, 0% Containment, Fire Management Team Takes Charge


Saddle Fire burns approximately 880 acres near Hyampom. Firefighters have 0% containment. [Photo provided by Cal Fire. Jennifer Lance, photographer]

The Saddle Fire near Hyampom has devoured around 880 acres since a lightning strike on Tuesday ignited it. The lightning storm was also responsible for several other blazes but the Saddle Fire is the most worrisome. So far it has forced the evacuation of approximately 100 residents of the small community. An evacuation center was set up at Hayfork High School. A favorable wind yesterday pushed the blaze away from the community though. But, as yet, there is no containment.

According to Cal Fire, The incident is quite active with blazes sometimes moving from tree crown to tree crown. “The fire,” says the agency, “continues to impact outlying areas of the City of Hyampom however no additional evacuations were done this operational period.”

NorCal Team 2, a fire management crew, has been brought on site to oversee operations. They took charge at 6 a.m. today. This is their first fire of the season but last year they oversaw the Beaver Fire near Hwy 96.

For the next week, a high pressure system is predicted for the area. Today, north winds are expected.

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