Deer Fire Exceeds 10,000 acres; 21 Percent Contained

Aug 25, 2013 2:07 PM

The Deer Fire in Tehama County has now burned more than 10,000 acres of remote forest land. Rugged terrain is providing the biggest challenge for fire crews. The fire is not threatening any populated areas, but it is posing a threat to major power facilities that serve 15 western states.

The following is the latest report from Cal Fire:

Date/Time Started: August 23, 2013 2:15 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Tehama-Glenn Unit
County: Tehama County
Location: near Deer Creek, 12 miles east of Los Molinos.
Acres Burned - Containment: 10,270 acres - 21% contained.
Injuries: 1
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: CDRC, USFS, California Fish & Wildlife, California National Guard, Tehama County Sheriff's Office, PG&E
Total Fire Personnel: 938
Total Fire Engines: 31
Total Fire crews: 53
Total Airtankers: 4
Total Helicopters: 5
Total Dozers: 25
Total Water Tenders: 4
Conditions: The fire continues to burn in rugged terrain, in a section of the Ishi Wilderness. The fire is threatening the 500 KV powerlines that serve 15 western states. Control efforts continue to be hampered by very limited access for ground resources, as well as winds that increase historically in the afternoon. Fire crews are being flown into parts of the fire that are inaccessible, to cut containment lines around the fire. Hunting season is open in the fire area.


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