Crews continue to battle wildfires in Nothern California

Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 - 12:16 am

Firefighters continue to battle major wildfires in Northern California. The National Weather Service's Red Flag Warning – signaling prime conditions for fire ignition – remains in effect until 9 p.m. today.

Swedes fire, Butte County:

The Swedes fire, which has consumed 2,139 acres since it began Friday, has reached 95 percent containment. All evacuations have been lifted and full containment is expected today. One residential structure, one garage, three outbuildings and multiple vehicles were destroyed.

Plumas Lightning Complex, Plumas County:

A Sunday thunderstorm sparked 16 fires across 180 acres in the central and eastern portions of Plumas National Forest. Most were near the community of Taylorsville, which faced evacuation orders, but all evacuation notices in that area have been lifted. Containment varies fire to fire. Full containment is expected Saturday.

American fire, Placer County:

The fire is 60 percent contained with 16,779 acres burned and 20 miles of fire line left to build. Because the area east of the fire is very steep and difficult for firefighters to safely access, crews have moved out to 43 Road and have begun setting fires to burn back toward the fire to create a defensive area. Crews also were working Wednesday near the Western States Trail. A U.S. Forest Service spokesman said resource advisers were on site to help prevent undue damage to the trail. Four outbuildings have burned during the fire, which began Aug. 10 and is believed to have been human-caused. Fourteen minor injuries have been reported. Full containment is projected for Sept. 1.

Rim fire, Tuolumne County:

The fire in the Stanislaus National Forest began Saturday and is 5 percent contained with 16,228 acres burned. It has forced the closure of Highway 120, a major Yosemite National Park route. Two residences and seven outbuildings have been destroyed, and 2,500 structures are threatened. Authorities broadened the evacuation area Wednesday, adding Pine Mountain Lake.

Orleans Complex, Siskiyou County:

The fire, which started July 31, is reported 40 percent contained with 20,115 acres burned. Voluntary evacuations remain in effect for isolated residences near Fork of Salmon. Full containment isn't expected until mid-September.

Salmon River Complex, Siskiyou County:

The fire is reported 90 percent contained with 14,335 acres burned. The human-caused fire began July 31, and full containment is expected today.

Corral Complex, Humboldt County:

One injury has been reported and one structure is threatened in the 8,646-acre fire burning through the Six Rivers National Forest. The fire was ignited by lightning Aug. 10. Fire officials report no containment.

Sources: U.S. Forest Service; California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

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