Campbell Fire nears 700 acre mark in Ishi Wilderness, 40 percent contained

Jan 6, 2014 11:45 AM

(UPDATE) 4:33 p.m.- The U.S. Forest Service, the lead agency in the Campbell Fire until 6 p.m. tonight, stated moments ago the fire is now 680 acres and still 40 percent contained. The fire is expected to be fully contained later this week.

Fire crews continue to combat the Campbell Fire in Tehama County by ground and by air as acreage and containment has increased since Sunday afternoon. The U.S. Forest Service estimated the fire’s size at 600 acres with 40 percent containment.

Heidi Perry of the Forest Service explained the fire increased in acreage because northeast winds are pushing the fire down and west into the Deer Creek Drainage. Crews hope the approaching weather front will increase humidity to help alter the higher than normal temperatures the region as seen this winter.

The fire is burning approximately 20 miles east of Red Bluff in the Ishi Wilderness area of the Lassen National Forest, nearly five miles from last August’s Deer Fire which scorched over 11,000 acres.

Over 360 personnel from the Forest Service, CalFire, Bureau of Land Management, and Chico Fire Department and a half dozen air craft remain assigned to the Fire.

No structures or residences are threatened and no evacuations have been ordered for the municipality of Campbellville, which sits approximately two miles from the fire’s southern edge.

The Campbell Fire was first reported around 8 p.m. last Thursday evening, the cause of which is still under investigation. Officials still request the public to stay out of the fire area as not to hinder their efforts.

Information may be obtained by calling the Fire Information Line at the Susanville Interagency Fire Center at 530-252-6450 or by visiting the InciWeb website at

Perry stated they still anticipate having the fire fully contained sometime tomorrow.


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