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August Complex Grows To Over 260,000 Acres

The August Lightning Fire Complex that started August 17th as 37 different fires on the Mendocino National Forest has burned over 261,200 acres. Many of the original fires 30 miles northwest of Willows have merged to form larger fires. They include the Doe Fire, the Tatham Fire, the Glade Fire and the Hull Fire. The complex has an estimated overall containment of 20%.

The Elkhorn Fire in the Tomhead Mountain area of Western Tehama County is now 42,500 acres and 42% contained. It continues to be a threat to communities to the north and east though many evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings.

The Red Salmon Complex in the Trinity Alps Wilderness about 14 miles northeast of Willow Creek is 26,600 acres with 42% overall containment.

A new fire has broken out in Trinity County. The Hobo Fire near Barney Gulch north of Helena is about 450 acres and 10% contained.

The North Complex in Plumas and Lassen National Forests originally included 21 fires, but 16 are contained. The largest still active are the 29,500 acre Sheep Fire, the 8,300 acre Bear Fire and the 22,000 acre Claremont Fire. The complex has an overall containment of 71%. Many evacuation orders have been downgraded.

A sagebrush and Juniper Fire in Eastern Lassen and Modoc Counties continues to grow but containment has greatly improved. The Cold Springs Fire has now burned around 84,800 acres with 81% containment.