Saddle Fire at 65 percent containment, community meeting Tuesday

Jun 16, 2015 12:28 PM by News Staff, Photo: United States Forest Service

Fire officials say the lightning-sparked Saddle Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest showed little growth overnight, allowing crews to strengthen containment lines.

United States Forest Service officials say the fire is 65 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, and is burning just over 1,500 acres.

The fire broke out in the forest near Hyampom, about halfway between Eureka and Redding on Tuesday. Crews battling it have experienced 99-degree heat, but are expecting cooler temperatures this week.

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.


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