[UPDATE Wednesday] Five to Ten Acre Fire Burning Near Hyampom
Scanner traffic reports indicate that the nearest home is 1/4 mile away from the flames.
Flightradar indicates that a forest service plane, N421DF and a Cal Fire helicopter C901 are in the area.
Resident Jennifer Lance worries that this fire started in the controlled burns being used by Forest Service to rehabilitate land burned in the Sims Fire. She explained, “[I]f this is from their control burns, it is the third time they have made very bad decisions in our neighborhood. We expressed our concern and lack of confidence in their ability to control prescribed fire at many meetings.”
We want to stress that the cause is unknown at this point, however. We have been unable to reach US Forest Service.
UPDATE 7 p.m.: The USFS tweeted, “At 5:40 p.m. Shasta-Trinity firefighting units responded to the Grape Fire near Manzanita Ranch. The fire is approximately 5 acres in size.” A spokesperson told us that no structures are threatened.
UPDATE 7:52 p.m.: According to scanner traffic, forward progress of the fire has been stopped! There are approximately 20 firefighters not counting the Hyampom Volunteer Fire Department. The aircraft has left.UPDATE 9:15 p.m.: More forest service firefighters joined the incident about an hour ago, according to the scanner.
UPDATE Wednesday: Wildfire Estimated to Be 100 Acres Burns Northwest of Hyampom