[UPDATE 2:23 p.m.] River Fire Near Mad River: 85 Acres, 25% Contained

Fire retardant stains the bottom of a plane yesterday probably coming from the Buck Fire seen from near the River Fire. [Photo by Dan Barton]

Yesterday, not long before noon, a fire broke out across the river from the town of Mad River on the west flank of South Fork Mountain about 4000 feet due east of the Six Rivers Forest Service Compound.

The fire spread across the slope of the mountain. [Photo by Dan Barton]

According to the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center, as of 8:30 this morning, 85 acres are on fire and the blaze is only 25% contained. However, the forward spread of the fire has been stopped. The crews are continuing to improve containment lines today. They will be carefully watching as a threat remains to 138 kV Transmission lines.

A helicopter crew prepares to defend the area. [Photo by Dan Barton]

According to witnesses, several structures were lost before the crews arrived on the scene. At this point, there hasn’t been an official release about the structures affected. We’ll update when more information is available.

The majority of this crop was saved along with the structures above. [Photo by Dan Barton]

UPDATE 2:11 p.m.: According to Mad River District Ranger Dan Dill from the Six Rivers Forest Service just before 1 p.m., “[T]he fire is 148 acres and 80% plus” contained.

Earlier Chapter:  New Fire Started North of Dinsmore, Multiple Acres




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