LIME COMPLEX FIRE UPDATE USDA Forest Service ● Shasta-Trinity National Forest ● Public Affairs & Communications 3644 Avtech Parkway, Redding, CA 96002 ● Voice (530) 226-2500 ● Web: www.fs.fed.us/r5/shastatrinity Update No. FS-070808-01 July 8, 2008 8:00 a.m. Lime Complex Fire Update Resources: Acres burned: 44,774 acres Crews: 16 Cause: Lightning Engines: 61 Date Started: June 20, 2008 4:50 p.m. Helicopters: 10 Percent Contained: 65 percent Air Tankers: 0 Expected Containment: 07-31-08 Total Resources Assigned: 990 Current Fire Situation: With increasing temperatures and low relative humidity, an increase in fire activity and more smoke is expected. The Lime Complex was comprised of approximately 70 fires ranging in size from spots to several over 2,000 acres in size. Of the original 70 fires, 32 are contained. Numerous fires are in remote areas with steep terrain and limited access. Interior islands of unburned fuels will continue to burn in contained fires. An Incident Management Team from Alaska is now managing the Lime Complex fires and as of 6 p.m. this evening will also manage the fires which are burning to the south of the Lime Complex in the Yolla Bolly wilderness. The main objectives today are to continue with fire line construction, burn out areas to strengthen lines, and mop up fire interiors to ensure no hot spots remain. Priority fires include the Miners, Lime, Iron, Noble, Wilderness #2, Telephone, Rainbow and Trough. Individual Fire Sizes and Containment: Miners: 6,124 acres, 65% contained; Lime 10,088 acres, 55% contained; Iron: 3,384, 41% contained; Noble: 12,869 acres, 90% contained; Wilderness: 1,436, 0% contained; Telephone: 6,284 acres, 100% contained; Rainbow: 292, 100% contained; Trough: 614, 100% contained; Deadshot: 1,070 acres, 100% contained; Slide: 1,547 acres, 100% contained; Deerlick: 15,500 acres (797 acres inside Lime Complex). Structures and Resources Threatened: Approximately 1,530 residences, 25 commercial properties and 310 additional outbuildings in the communities of Platina, Wildwood, and Hyampom are threatened. Buck and Saddle Camps, as well as Tomhead Lookout and a communications site are threatened by the Iron fire. Area Closures: Road construction between mileposts 10 and 14 of the Hyampon Road has begun and anticipate delays. Construction crews are in constant contact with Incident officials and can quickly clear the road for emergency traffic. Within the South Fork Management Unit (Hayfork and Yolla Bolly) of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, all Forest Service roads and trails are closed except Forest Road No 2No7, No. 10, (Tule Creek Road), No. 14 (Flame Gulch Road), No. 60 (Corral Bottom Road). The closure does not include state and county roads or private lands. The Yolla-Bolly Wilderness is also closed to public use to provide for public safety and facilitate fire fighting efforts. Advisory: Please help prevent additional fires from occurring by being cautious when recreating on public lands and adhering to area closures and fire restrictions. For additional information on fire and other restrictions, check with the local Forest Service office or see the email address below. California National Guard resources will be deployed to the Lime Complex to assist with the firefighting effort. Additional Fire Information: A recorded line for the Lime Complex is available at (530) 226-2500, press 2. For specific inquiries contact the Fire Information Center at (530) 226-2368. Information is available online at www.fs.fed.us/r5/shastatrinity.
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