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Four Firefighters Injured While Battling Saddle Fire

Jun 16, 2015

Action News Now reports via the U.S. Forest Service that four firefighters have been injured while fighting the Saddle Fire, burning near the town of Hyampom in Trinity County. Injuries included heat exhaustion, a dislocated kneecap, second-degree burns, and a cut that required stitches.


9:30 a.m. update (6/23):

A public meeting was held Sunday as officials prepared to turn management of the Saddle Fire back to local authorities. The fire is still 95% contained. Total acreage burned is still 1,550 acres. 

9:20 a.m. update (6/19):

The size of the Saddle Fire burning near Hyampom in Trinity County has decreased by 120 acres at the last update this morning. It’s unknown whether that decrease is due to containment or an adjusted estimate of the fire’s size – which is currently 880 acres. 

The fire began Tuesday during a lighting storm. The entire community of Hyampom is under an advisory evacuation, with areas northwest of the town along county road 311 under mandatory evacuation. An evacuation center has been set up by the Red Cross at Hayfork High School. 

About 100 Trinity County residents are being evacuated due to a fire that – at last report – had spread across 750 acres.

Stuart Rankin / Flickr, Creative Commons

Officials expect to have their hands full dousing a large number of forest fires throughout the West this summer and fall, but federal forecasters expect no more than an average fire year across Northern California.

Meeting in Denver with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the nation’s wild lands, especially in the West, face potentially catastrophic conditions, worsened by a changing climate.