Progress continues to be made on the Campbell Fire burning in the Ishi Wilderness of Tehama County. The Forest Service reported this morning the 772 acre fire is now 80 percent contained. Despite their success, the state has seen 79 wildland fires burning over 1000 acres of state and federal land in the first week of 2014, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Crews completed a hand line around the fire’s perimeter and are walking that line for hot spots to make sure the fire does not cross over the Deer Creek Drainage. Over 300 personnel from the Forest Service, Cal Fire the Bureau of Land Management on other fire fighters from local agencies remain assigned to the fire which first began last Thursday night.
The new date estimated for full containment of the fire is January 10. The cost of fighting the fire is currently estimated at over $1.4 million. The cause of the Campbell Fire is still under investigation.
The Forest Service urges everyone to check with their local fire agencies for any possible burning restrictions before doing any burning.