2017 Fire Season

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Several major fires are still burning throughout California. Here's an update:

·      Wednesday night a brushfire was sparked in Santa Clarita near Interstate 5. According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department Twitter page the Calgrove Fire is currently 398 acres and is 60% contained. All evacuations have been lifted.


It seems bears aren’t the only thing to hibernate over the winter – fires apparently can too.

Smoke is rising from the already charred landscape of the Happy Camp Complex – one of the biggest fires to rage in the North State last year. Burning more than 130,000 acres in the Klamath National Forest last August, the Happy Camp Complex was thought to be put out, but it’s now known that four small areas are still smoldering within the fire’s perimeter. Kerry Greene, public affairs officer for the Klamath National Forest, explains how it’s possible for a fire to burn that long.


Here's an afternoon update on active California wildfires:

·      The 1,550-acre Saddle Fire in Trinity County northwest of Hyampom remains 95 percent contained. Full containment is expected soon.

·      In Siskiyou County near Happy Camp, firefighters were dispatched this morning after small fires in hot spots appeared within the lines of last year’s devastating Happy Camp Complex fire that burned over 134,000 acres.

Further south:

A small vegetation fire closed the eastbound lane of Highway 162 near Bidwell Bar Bridge in Oroville Wednesday morning. The fire was contained at ½ an acre. All lanes have been reopened.

The fire was reported around 6:40 a.m. The Cal Fire Butte Unit responded to the fire and had it contained in about an hour and a half. Traffic was periodically halted to allow emergency vehicles to get to the blaze. The cause of the fire is currently unknown and is under investigation. 

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California’s drought has killed so many trees that the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection is adopting emergency regulations to remove them. The board is concerned about the growing threat of wildfires.


Today about 4,000 firefighters are still battling major wildfires throughout California, according to a Cal Fire fire summary released this morning. 

In the North State:

·        The 1,550-acre Saddle Fire in Trinity County northwest of Hyampom remains 95 percent contained. Full containment is expected by noon today.  

Non-North State fires:


Rising temperatures and falling humidity are making the difficult work of firefighters that much more challenging as several major wildfires burn across the state.

The 1,500-acre Saddle Fire in Trinity County northwest of Hyampom remains 95 percent contained, with full containment expected by noon tomorrow.

The 25-acre Sanhedrin Fire in the Mendocino National Forest east of the Sanhedrin Wilderness Area was declared fully contained this morning.


Firefighters continue to gain the upper hand on several forest and wildfires burning across California before hotter and more challenging conditions arrive later this week.

11:40 a.m. update (6/22):

The Cook Fire, which has been burning since a controlled burn went awry Thursday in Yuba County near the UC Berkeley Field Station, has now been 100 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

10:30 a.m. update: (6/22):

The Cook Fire in Yuba County was 95 percent contained as of Sunday evening, Cal Fire reports


In Shasta County, authorities have arrested a man in connection with a suspected arson fire that was set Wednesday on the west side of Redding. Firefighters held the Canyon Fire to 23 acres. No homes were lost and no injuries were reported. Authorities arrested 24-year-old Alan Ward on felony charges in connection with the blaze. They say Ward has confessed, and the fire is now 100 percent contained.