Hot spots pop up at site of last year's biggest blaze

Jun 24, 2015 12:45 PM by News Staff, Photo: Happy Camp Fire from August 1, 2014

Hot spots have rekindled in a few areas within the Happy Camp Complex Fire, the site of California's largest 2014 wildfire.

"With a fire this size and the lack of snowpack from last winter, seeing a few smokes within the fire perimeter is not a big surprise," Happy Camp/Oak Knoll District Ranger Tom Mutz said in a news release. "We have firefighters assigned to monitor the fire and take action when needed. It is likely we will be dealing with isolated smokes and hotspots until we receive significant rainfall."

Last summer the Happy Camp Fire in Siskiyou County burned more than 132,000 acres and 207 square miles in the Klamath National Forest. It was the state's 16th largest fire since 1932 and the fight cost more than $87 million.

While the weather is forecast to be very hot in the coming days, fire managers do not expect to have challenges from holdover hot spots. Control lines have been "mopped up" to over 300 feet and fire leaving the footprint of the 2014 burn is extremely unlikely.


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