Mad River Fire: 147 Acres, 80% Contained

River fire burned out area

River Fire burned out area. [Photo by Dan Barton]

US Forest Service press release:

The River Fire, which started midday Saturday along County Line Creek Road along the Mad River north of Highway 36, is currently about 147 acres and 80 percent contained. District personnel estimate full containment of the fire by the end of today, October 16.

Firefighters, who continue to mop up around the fire line to ensure it is secure, will be released in the coming days to help out with fires to the south of the Six Rivers National Forest.



  • Looks like a new fire, about 8 miles south of Picket Peak on the Trinity river, Quite a plume of smoke. Can’t see it from the Mad River road But most anyone living on the west side of the river can see the smoke. We are located near the Rodeo Grounds so have a good view of South Fork

    • I am pretty sure that is the Buck Fire which southeast of Ruth Lake. It has been burning since September but just kicked up a fuss recently after being pretty quiet for a couple of weeks.

      • Those same terrible winds last week really kicked in the Buck fire, had almost forgotten about it… it was roaring again last week.

  • Nothing sadder than a melty hoop.

  • Thank you, firefighters!! Has the cause of the fire been discovered yet?

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