Jun 16, 2015 3:31 PM by News Staff
United States Forest Service officials say four firefighters have been injured while battling the Saddle Fire in rural Trinity County.
In addition to the flames, firefighters have been battling 99-degree heat. Fortunately none of the four injured firefighters are dealing with serious complications related to their injuries.
Forest Service officials say one man has been treated for heat exhaustion, another dislocated his patella and had to be flown to a Redding hospital, a third firefighter was driven to UC Davis with 2nd degree burns. The fourth injury occurred when a firefighter cut his leg with a saw, he received stitches and returned to work.
Fire officials say the blaze is 65 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, and is burning just over 1,500 acres.
Tonight will be the last full shift for firefighters, although patrols will continue throughout the fire area as necessary. A community meeting will be held Tuesday at the Hyampom Volunteer Fire Department at 3 p.m.
An evacuation order for about 100 people along County Road 311 southeast of the fire was lifted Sunday, though those residents and about 240 people in Hyampom were told to be ready to leave if there are flare-ups.