Seven Fires Still Burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Picket Fire fire burning understory

Fire burns the understory in this photo of the Picket Fire. [Photo from Inciweb]

Press release from Shasta Trinity National Forest:

Over 800 lightning strikes have sparked over 30 fires on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest since Sunday. 27 of these fires are now contained (see list below). Firefighters are still working to contain five fires: the Pickett, Bear, Middle, Williams, and Monument Fires. Two fires that are in high-elevation inaccessible terrain in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area have shown little to no activity and are being monitored by aircraft: the Hilton and Fork Fires. Total acres burned is approximately 36.

Today pack mules will be assisting in removing the gear used by the hotshot crew and smokejumpers on the Union Fire, which is located in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The pack mules are divided into strings, or teams of five, and haul everything from food to fire hoses. Each animal carries about 160 pounds of gear and each string can save a helicopter several trips.

The US Forest Service is conducting aerial reconnaissance flights each day over the forest to assist with detection of new lightning related fires. The reconnaissance flights are part of our normal operating plan after lightning storms.

Contained Fires (27): The Grasshopper, Wards, Ridge, Mill, Gap, Butter, Deerlick, Oak, Kelly, Weaver, Ripstein, Powell, Pierce, Indian, Rock, Big, Pattison, Hayshed, Corral, Unicorn, Union, Tomhead, Logan, Van, Hawk, Cedar, and Kerlin Fires.

Uncontained Fires (7):
Reported August 7:
6:13 pm Pickett Fire – near Horse Ridge Lookout Road west of Ruth Lake, South Fork Management Unit, 18.3 acres, 40% contained
6:45 pm Hilton Fire – near Mount Hilton in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, 0.1 acres in very steep and inaccessible terrain, fire is being monitored by aircraft, no fire activity this morning
8:08 pm Fork Fire – near East Fork Lake in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, SE of Canyon Creek, 0.1 acres, fire is being monitored by aircraft, minimal fire activity
Reported August 9
2:48 pm Bear Fire – near Bear Creek/Swift Creek in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, 0.1 acres, smokejumpers on scene
Reported August 10
4:34 pm Middle Fire – near north end of Yolla Bolly Wilderness, 0.1 acres, smokejumpers on scene
Reported August 11
11:32 am Williams Fire – near Williams Ranch, east of Chancellula Wilderness, 0.1 acres, resources on scene
12:50 pm Monument Fire – west of Monument Peak, Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, 0.5 acres, Helitack 554 crew is on scene

Weather Concerns: High temperatures of 85-100 degrees are expected today.

Additional fire information can be obtained by visiting https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5472/

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