Crews continue to make progress on Trinity County fires

Aug 12, 2015 1:58 PM by News Staff

Despite windy and dry conditions fire crews are continuing to make progress on the complex fires in Trinity County.

Here is the latest information, provided by the United States Forest Service:

The Fork Complex Fires have now burned 26,033 acres and is 24 percent contained. There are currently eight fires being managed within the complex by CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service. Weather conditions have posed several challenges over the past days, but ground and aerial resources have had success in achieving containment objectives.

There is a Red Flag Warning from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and clear air could increase fire activity, but air resources should be operational due to good visibility. The Red Cross evacuation center remains open at the Solid Rock Christian Church in Hayfork. Specific evacuation and road closure information is available at or

South Complex: 15,331 acres, 13 percent contained

The complex consists of five fires. Crews took advantage of favorable overnight weather, and conducted a firing operation on the west side of the Castle Fire. It is holding well Wednesday morning.

The York Fire was barely visible Wednesday morning and fire behavior has subsided substantially. Crews will continue to construct fireline and mop up today.

In the Springer area, the fire continues to back toward the structures, but has not reached them. No structures have been damaged or destroyed. Detailed road and evacuation information is also at

River Complex: 23,775 acres, 12 percent contained

There are currently three fires in the complex.

A public meeting will be held Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Umpqua Bank, 39171 Highway 299 in Willow Creek starting at 6 p.m. Incident Commander Mark von Tillow will discuss the current fire situation and the operational plan for the River Complex. Those unable to attend the meeting may view it on USTREAM at

Over the last seven days, fire crews have worked to connect the western edge of the fireline to the 2013 Corral Fire scar. A containment line now stretches from Lone Pine Ridge to the junction of Denny Road and Forest Road 7N26. Fire personnel will maintain readiness today to implement structure defense plans, if necessary, in the communities of Trinity Village and Hawkins Bar.

Detailed road and evacuation information is at


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