NEWS UPDATE USDA Forest Service ● Redding Area Command
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
3644 Avtech Parkway, Redding, CA 96002 ● Voice (530) 226-2500 ● Web: www.fs.fed.us/r5/shastatrinity
Six Rivers National Forest
1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA 95501 ● Voice (707) 442-1721 ● Web: www.fs.fed.us/r5/sixrivers
Mendocino National Forest
825 Humboldt Avenue, Willows, CA 95988 ● Voice (530) 934-3316 ● Web: www.fs.fed.us/r5/mendocino
Release No. FS-072708-01 July 27, 2008 @ 8:00 am
Contact: Fire Information (530) 226-2363
Firefighter Andrew Palmer, of the Olympic National Park, died on 7/26 while working on the
Eagle fire. A fund is being established by the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in Andrew’s
name. The foundation is online at http://wffoundation.org/ and can be contacted by calling
The Trinity County Sheriff’s Department mandatory evacuation orders for the Hidden Valley
area (off State Route 36 near Mad River), Corral Bottom, Haglund Ranch remain in effect.
The mandatory evacuation for the Big Bar area from west of Skunk Point to east of White’s
Bar has been lifted.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department has issued a mandatory evacuation for the Dry
Lake area, due to fire activity on the Hells Half Complex.
The Hyampom Road (County Road 301) is closed, until further notice, from approximately
three miles west of the junction with Highway 3 to approximately two miles west of the
junction with Forest Road 10. The alternative travel route is Forest Road 10.
Shasta-Trinity National Forest closures include: the South Fork Management Unit; Canyon
Creek Trailhead; Dry Creek Trail; Forest Road 60 from Hyampom to Burnt Ranch, Shasta
Campground; and the Cedar Fire Closure Area as defined by Forest Roads 16, 47, and 60.
On the Six Rivers National Forest, the Hells Half Fire Area Closure remains in effect. The
Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness, which spans into the Six Rivers, Shasta-Trinity, and
Mendocino National Forests, is closed.
Iron Complex: 28 fires 73,859 acres 64% contained California IMT 4
Current Fire Situation: Progress containing the Eagle and Cedar fires continued yesterday
and last night, with significant work completed on the spot fire near the south west side of the
Eagle fire, in the Packer Creek area. Weather conditions and fire behavior may allow crews to
construct line directly against the fire’s edge on the west side of the Eagle Fire. Line
strengthening suppression activities initiated yesterday in order to secure the south side of the
Cedar fire. These operations are expected to be completed today. The Carey fire continues to
grow slightly to the west and east. The Buckhorn fire continues to burn actively in the Trinity
Alps Wilderness. Rehabilitation of areas impacted by fire suppression activities is being
planned on the Zeigler and Ironside fires.
Main Objectives Today: Eagle: Crews will continue to contain the spot fire in the Packer
Creek area, and construct direct line on the west side. California National Guard Task Force
Shovel crews will conduct mop up activities up to 200 feet inside the fire perimeter on the east
flank, adjacent to Junction City. Cedar: Line strengthening operations will continue along the
south side, adjacent to the PG&E power corridor. The remainder of the fire will be in patrol
status. Buckhorn: Preparation of fire lines will occur along Manzanita Ridge to the south.
Crews will construct direct hand line within the Wilderness on the north side. Carey: One crew
will continue to detect and eliminate hot spots and construct fire line using tactics to ensure
wilderness characteristics are preserved. A long term management strategy is being developed
for this wilderness fire.
Lime Complex: 92 fires 55,773 acres 74% Cont. Southwest National IMT2
Current Fire Situation: Weather conditions favored fire fighting efforts yesterday, even though
the smoke inversion kept helicopters grounded until late in the afternoon. Crews were
successful in holding their positions on both the Miners and Lime fires.
Miners Fire – Crews from the Iron Complex were able to put a fire line around the 50 acre spot
fire that had forced crews to be pulled off the Miners fire on Friday. Operations continued during
evening hours. Crews were able to improve the fire line from Hayfork Bally Lookout to just south
of Thompson Peak. The southeastern corner of the fire did bump up against the dozer line but
the line held strong and firefighters were able to contain the small spot fires that made it across
Lime Fire – Firefighters along the northwestern edge of the fire continue working on mop-up
and will continue for one additional day but will then be moved to the active southern and
eastern areas around Friend Mountain and Hidden Valley Road. Crews along the southern edge
were able to work on several spot fires that occurred north of the dozer line protecting Hidden
Valley Ranch Rd. The fire line in this area remained intact and crews have begun mop up
efforts. Additional dozer work was conducted along the southeastern area of the fire and
brushing and clearing operations continued along the eastern edge.
Miners Fire: Firefighters will continue their work to reinforce fire line along Lucky Trail north and
west of Hayfork with slow and deliberate operations in preparation for significant wind event
predicted on Tuesday. Engines will also continue holding and mopping up the fire line along
Hyampom Road. CalFire resources will be assisting in the firefighting efforts on the Miners fire
for the next three days.
Lime Fire: Structure protection will remain in place on the Lime fire in the Hidden Valley and
Friend Mountain areas. Line preparation continues for a planned burnout along the eastern and
southern flanks of the fire. Mop-up efforts will continue along the southern edge of the fire.
Hell’s Half: 1 fire 15,146 acres 96% Cont. Southern California IMT1
Current Fire Situation: The Hell’s Half Fire continues to be managed by the Southern
California Interagency Incident Management Team One. Firefighters have mopped-in 200 feet
from the containment line into the fire’s interior, except for a small section in the northwest
corner of the fire. Fire activity repair work is also continuing on the perimeter. Although there is a
line around the fire, there are still fuels burning in the interior. However, today’s lower
temperatures and higher humidity may lower the level of fire activity. The demobilization of
crews has begun and will continue over the next few days as this incident nears full
containment. Containment is anticipated on Monday, July 28.
Main objectives: Crews will continue mopping up within 200 feet of the entire containment line.
They will also monitor fire activity in the interior pockets of unburned fuels within the fire’s
perimeter. Firefighters will continue fire activity repair work along the fireline. Repair work may
include repairing fences, removing flagging, constructing water bars, and removing berms
created by fireline construction. They will also be collecting hose, supplies, and other
Yolla Bolly Complex: 4 fires 68,615 acres 20% Cont. Rocky Mtn. Type 1 IMT
Current Fire Situation: Fire behavior throughout the complex varied from smoldering, creeping
ground fire in the lighter fuels (e.g., grass, brush, widely scattered tree canopy) to single and
group tree torching in the areas with heavy fuel concentrations (e.g., densely forested, north-
facing slopes). Due to the mosaic nature of the fires, the potential for unburned fuels within the
fire area to reignite is high. The western portions of the Yellow Fire continued its steady
advance in a southwesterly direction. Heavy smoke is impacting communities throughout the
area, as well as inhibiting the widespread use of aviation resources. The wildfires in the Yolla
Bolly Complex are in remote areas with steep, rugged terrain and very difficult access. Due to
the remoteness of these fires, firefighters are based out of three different base camps and one
Today’s Objectives: The Trough Fire is now in mop-up and patrol status, with rehabilitation
efforts underway. Firefighters are busily conducting reconnaissance for potential burnout
operations along the south-southwest portions of the Yellow Fire, and, the southern side of the
Vinegar Fire. Wildland Fire Use Modules from the Sequoia National Forest and the
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will evaluate the options for “corralling” the southern
sides of the Vinegar and Yellow Fire. Fire modules are self-sufficient, specialty teams of
firefighters who are capable of tackling the most challenging aspects of fire planning,
operations, and prescribed fire implementation on remote, backcountry wildfires.
Suppression Strategy: The Forests’ intent is to confine and contain the Yellow, Grouse, and
Vinegar fires of the Yolla Bolly Complex within the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness. Private
in-holdings within the wilderness boundary will receive priority for resource allocation and
protection. Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) will be used within the Wilderness.
Outside of the wilderness, more aggressive suppression tactics will be considered.
Road Closure Information: For current road closure information, contact Caltrans at
http://www.dot.ca.gov/ or call 1-800-427-7623.
Air Quality Information – Trinity County: Contact the North Coast Unified Air Quality
Management District at 707-443-3093 or http://ncuaqmd.org .
Redding Area Command Fire Activity Table
Shasta-Trinity NF, Six Rivers NF, Mendocino NF
24 Hr. Acreage
Complex 92 2 55,773 74% 8/15 mil 6 1,314 27 13 74 21 19 267 1818
Complex 28 4 73,859 64% 8/15 mil 15* 1,960 52 8 123 16 27 513 1822
Yolla Bolly 3.5
Complex** 4 3 68,615 20% 8/15 mil 0 425 8 5 20 6 6 141 3,957
Hell’s Half 13.1
Complex 2 1 15,146 96% 7/28 mil 11 307 4 3 15 1 4 112 0
TOTALS 122 10 213,393 mil 32 4,006 91 29 232 44 56 1,033 7,597
* This figure includes 1 fatality. **Acreage changes are based on previous morning’s