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Crews battling 30-acre Pilot Fire in Humboldt County say it’s now contained

The 30-acre Pilot Fire, which started in Humboldt County Tuesday afternoon, has reached 60 percent containment.
The 30-acre Pilot Fire, which started in Humboldt County Tuesday afternoon, has reached 60 percent containment. Cal Fire

The 30-acre Pilot Fire in Humboldt County reached 100 percent containment Wednesday afternoon after it burned south of Willow Creek.

The Pilot Fire started at 2:41 p.m. Tuesday near Pilot Ridge Road and U.S. Forest Service Route 1 in a relatively remote area of Humboldt County, Cal Fire Humboldt-Del Norte division chief Jonni Mayberry said.

When Cal Fire crews first arrived at the fire, it was about 3 acres wide, Mayberry said, but the affected area consisted mostly of dry vegetation and the weather was somewhat windy, expanding the fire as flames reached up to 3 feet in height.

The Humboldt-Del Norte unit anticipated full containment to be reached by Wednesday night, Mayberry said, but it was reached by 2:01 p.m., the Twitter post said.

“It’s not uncommon to have fires in this area in January,” Mayberry said. “This is a good reminder to the public that fire season is year-round.”

In the first six days of 2014, the Humboldt-Del Norte unit dealt with six vegetation fires, ranging from 1 to 333 acres, Mayberry said.

The cause of the Pilot Fire is still under investigation, and Mayberry asked that everyone remain vigilant and practice fire safety around their homes.

Vincent Moleski covers business and breaking news for The Bee and is a graduate student in literature at Sacramento State. He was born and raised in Sacramento and previously wrote for the university’s student newspaper, the State Hornet.
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