Cal Fire says its firefighters are responding to two new fires in the Sierra foothills this afternoon.
In an alert released on social media, Cal Fire’s Shasta-Trinity Unit said firefighters are en route to an approximately 15-20-acre fire burning near the Pit River, several miles upstream from Big Bend. The lightning sparked fire is located inside the burn scar of the 2009 Chalk Fire. Firefighting aircraft are currently making air drops while ground crews hike into the remote and rugged area.
Meanwhile, Cal Fire’s Butte County unit has dispatched firefighters to new blaze burning at about 4,000 feet of elevation near Pulga Road in the Feather River basin. Cal Fire says the blaze is about five acres in size. Aircraft are trying to hold the fire while crews begin carving containment lines in very steep terrain.