[UPDATE 11 p.m.] Day 34: We’re Not Done Yet

Bridge wrapping on the River Complex yesterday. [Photo from InciWeb]

Bridge wrapping on the River Complex yesterday. [Photo from InciWeb]

Even though many of the fires have reached containment (the Route Fire is now 100% corralled,) nonetheless firefighters still continue preparing areas where the fires still burn. Above a bridge was wrapped in protective material to prepare for encroaching flames on the River Complex which is still only 45% contained.

As long as there is need, we’ll continue to keep checking on the burning fires and letting you know if something important happens. As we do, we’ll note the time the facts were posted so you can quickly see if there is something new. Look for the most recent general updates on the bottom but new information for individual fires is posted in the summaries below in blue.  (Newest maps of the fires here.) Those that have expanded 20% or more will have their acreage in red bold type. 

Note: Many fires are updating less frequently. We’ve notated when the last update occurred.

  • Fork Complex (Trinty Pines and north to Hayfork): (Current as of 7:11 p.m. on August 30. Not updated as of 10:48 p.m.) 36,499 acres burned and 97% contained. Structures Destroyed: Residences 8, other buildings 4, Firefighter injuries to date: 12, Total Personnel:269. “Fire behavior is expected to continue to be minimal as containment continues to be successful.” (More info here.) Fire Information Line: 530-628-0093
  • Gasquet Fire: (Current as of 9 p.m.)  28,614 acres burned and 39% containment. Total Personnel: 756. Injuries: 6.  “Percipitation had moved into fire area with measurable amounts of up to 2 inches that suppressed fire activity. Good recovery in the lighter fuels and moderate in the heavier fuels. Bear Fire – 10,666 acres, 27% containment.  Peak Fire – 11,366 acres 7% containment Feeder Fire – 898 acres 100% containment.Coon Fire 5,684 acres 100Containment(More info here.) Estimated containment date: Thursday October 15th, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
  • Mad River Complex (Ruth Lake and Surroundings) Now Combined with the Route Complex -see below: (8:23 p.m.) 37,462 acres and 98% contained.  Personnel: 141. There was minimal fire behavior observed with small pockets of heat interior.. The Gobbler and the Pickett are in patrol status. Lassic Fire (18,198 acres) (More info here)  Telephone number for the public information officer is 707-574-6289. Estimated containment date: Thursday September 03rd, 2015
  • Nickowitz Fire (northern Humboldt/southern Del Norte):(Current as of 11 a.m.) 6,881 acres and 55% contained. Total Personnel: 126. “Minimal fire activity.”  (More info here) Phone: 530-627-3246. Estimated Containment Date:Tuesday September 15th.
  • River Complex:(Current as of 8:15 p.m.) 70,558 burned and 46% contained. Total Personnel: 444. “Acreage increase occurred primarily within the Trinity Alps. (More info here.) Telephone number for the public information officer 530-276-8559. Estimated containment: October 01st, 2015.
  • South Complex (north and west of Hyampom):(Current as of 6 p.m.29,377 acres burned and 85% containment. Personnel: 348. “Minimal fire behavior occurred today, but heavy fuels on the interior continued to burn out.” (More info here)


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  • I’m gonna post this again, there is still some confusion out there on a fire being “Contained” and what it really means…

    Remember, 100% “Contained” doesn’t mean the fire is out, it’s not even “Controlled” yet. Contained just means all the firelines are in, and it is unlikely to continue to grow. It still can be raging inside of those lines. Controlled is the next status a fire goes through. Controlled means the fire is fully under control, and is calming down, and is not a threat to firefighters or the public anymore, but still can be burning for months after this status. The final status is “Out”, and on large Forest fires, the Agencies usually wait until the fire has had a lot of rain on it, and there have been no smokes at all for days…This can be many months later on a big one…Or in winter, before they finally get called out. They are very careful about this, as if a fire rekindles after being called out, it usually has to be treated like a new one for payments, etc. There are some famous examples of a fire being called out then roaring to life. The Oakland Hills fire, that destroyed hundreds of homes, had been declared “out”…a bit too early..

    • Thank you for posting this. I had to explain this to someone just yesterday, that a fire being “contained” Is nowhere near the same thing as it being out. I’m sure most of these fires won’t actually be out for another 2 or 3 months or depending on when we start getting some HARD rain.

  • Kym,are these fires the most in California history? Thanks for all your hard work to keep us informed.Your right on top of it,Nice

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