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Crews Battling Large Wildfires Face Red Flag Conditions

Evacuation warnings remain in effect for the community of Platina. The threat is from the Elkhorn Fire, now 33,500 acres and just 5% contained. The Elkhorn is burning in Western Tehama County southwest of Red Bank Road. It’s being managed as part of the Tehama/Glenn Zone of the larger lightning complex. At least 1,500 structures are threatened, most of them homes. Only two have been confirmed destroyed. One firefighter injury has been reported. There are wide areas under evacuation warnings or orders. The Platina warning comes based on the lack of containment and lack of resources, with personnel and aircraft stretched very thin statewide. Residents of Platina should be ready to go at a moments notice.

The August Complex that started a week ago as 37 different fires on the Mendocino National Forest has burned an incredible 177,750 acres. Many of the original fires 30 miles northwest of Willows have merged to form larger fires. The largest is the 153,000 acre Doe Fire. The complex has an estimated overall containment of 11%. Red Flag conditions through Tuesday evening threaten to make the fight even more difficult. An evacuation order covers virtually the entire western part of Glenn County. Staffing is a major issue, with only 433 personnel on scene for the massive operation.