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Hirz Fire is 100 Percent Contained

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest says the Hirz fire is now 100 percent contained.

Posted: Aug 20, 2018 11:05 AM
Updated: Sep 13, 2018 9:16 AM

UPDATE 7:50 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 - The Shasta-Trinity National Forest says the Hirz fire is now 100 percent contained. Forest officials say they will no longer provide updates on the Hirz fire unless there is a significant event. 




UPDATE 9:18 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 - Firefighters have lost some containment on the Hirz Fire, which is 46,150 acres and 97 percent contained. 

Fire crews are continuing to focus on the uncontrolled edge of the fire near South Fork, according to Shasta-Trinity National Forest officials. 


UPDATE 11:23 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is now 100 percent contained. The fire started on August 9 and burned 46,150 acres in Shasta County. 


UPDATE 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 -The Hirz Fire is 46,150 acres and 95 percent contained. 

A public meeting for the Delta & Hirz Fires will take place on Monday, September 10, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Trinity Center Community (IOOF) Hall at 20 Scott Boulevard, Trinity Center. Fire officials will give an overview of current and expected fire conditions followed by a question and answer session.

The meeting will be recorded and posted to

The U.S. Forest Service Updates Forest Orders Due to North State Fires

Shasta-Trinity National Forest officials have updated current forest orders related to the Carr, Hirz, and Delta Fires.

• Carr Fire Closure Order has been lifted as of September 5, 2018 in the areas of the Shasta Lake Ranger District, Shasta Lake National Recreation Area, and the Trinity River Management Unit of the Shasta Trinity National Forest. Forest visitors are cautioned that hazards in any burned areas still exist. These include but are not limited to increased potential for falling or down trees, road and trail damage and increased potential for mudslides.

• Hirz Fire Closure Order remains in place and now includes the portion of Pacific Crest Trail between Ash Camp and Gumboot. The closure on the McCloud arm has been lifted. There are currently no closures on Shasta Lake.

• Delta Fire Closure Order was issued September 8, 2018 and includes national forest lands west of the Hirz Fire towards Highway 3 in Trinity County. For the order and map denoting specific forest closure order boundaries, please visit our forest website.
To see the list of current Forest Orders in effect visit the U.S.F.S. website.


UPDATE 7:35 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is 46,150 acres in size.  It is 90 percent contained. 250 personnel are working to contain the Hirz Fire. The fire continues to smolder and creep with isolated single tree torching. Interior islands continue to burn.


UPDATE 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is still 46,150 acres and is 89 percent contained. East of Interstate 5, crews working on the Delta and Hirz fires are constructing various control lines to bring the two incidents together.  The burn scar from the Hirz Fire can be used as a large fuel break for fighting the Delta Fire.


UPDATE 9:04 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is now 46,150 acres and is 80 percent contained. 

The McCloud River Arm of Shasta Lake remains closed to boat access north of Holiday Harbor and the Shasta Caverns Ferry. Recreation sites closed due to the Hirz Fire are Hirz Bay, Moore Creek, Pine Point, Ellery Creek, Dekkas Rock and McCloud Bridge.

A public meeting will be held on Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Dunsmuir High School Gymnasium located at 5805 High School Way, Dunsmuir. They will discuss both the Hirz Fire and Delta Fire at this meeting. 


UPDATE 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is 46,142 acres and is 70 percent contained. 

UPDATE 9:01 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is 46,051 acres and is 60 percent contained. 

There are 2,474 fire personnel assigned to the case. 

UPDATE 9:22 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is now 45,289 acres and is 46 percent contained. 

UPDATE 9:43 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 - The Hirz Fire has grown to 42,064 acres. It is 42 percent contained.

Current Situation:

Firefighters worked yesterday and through the night along the west side of the fire from Pollard Flat north to Yellowjacket Mountain to connect all control lines. Crews completed the necessary tactical firing operations to further secure control lines and limit the fire’s westward spread. Firefighters also improved and strengthened the control line from Yellowjacket Mountain east to Squaw Valley Creek with tactical burning operations to hold the fire on the north side.

Warmer and drier conditions will continue today, which when paired with the predicted wind and dry vegetation, could increase fire behavior and activity. With warmer temperatures and cleaner low-lying air, air operations should be able to start early again today to assist with fire suppression efforts.

A priority for firefighters today will be to strengthen and improve control lines along Yellowjacket Mountain and along Squaw Valley Creek. They will focus on conducting firing operations from the northeast corner south to the McCloud River confluence. Crews will also continue holding and securing control lines along the western edge of the fire where successful firing operations to connect adjoining lines have taken place. Firefighters in this area will begin mopping up hot spots along the perimeter and removing hazard trees where possible. The southern and eastern edges of the fire that are contained remain secure, and crews continue to patrol this area to ensure that no hazards or threats exist to compromise containment.

Recreation Closures/Evacuations:

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest has expanded the Hirz Fire Closure with Order No. 14-18-16. This order has closed affected National Forest roads, trails and recreation sites near the Hirz Fire. Residents, landowners and lessees are allowed to enter the fire area to access their land and residences. The McCloud River Arm of Shasta Lake remains closed to boat access north of Holiday Harbor and the Shasta Caverns Ferry. Recreation sites closed due to the Hirz Fire are Hirz Bay, Moore Creek, Pine Point, Ellery Creek, Dekkas Rock and McCloud Bridge.

The McCloud River Club continues to be evacuated as a precaution. No other communities are threatened and there are no other evacuations for any other areas.

For specific recreation information, please call the Shasta Lake Ranger District at (530) 275-1587.

UPDATE 10:09 a.m. Friday, August 31, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is now 36,083 acres and is 39 percent contained. 

UPDATE 8:57 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is now 34,776 acres and is 39 percent contained.

UPDATE 8:57 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is now 34,776 acres and is 35 percent contained. 

UPDATE 10:07 a.m. Wedneday, August 29, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is 33,044 acres and is 32 percent contained. 

UPDATE 9:24 a.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is now 30,825 acres and is 31 percent contained. 

UPDATE 9:09 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is now 29,506 acres and is 28 percent contained. 

UPDATE 8:55 a.m. Friday, August 24, 2018 - The Shasta County Sheriff is lifting all evacuations for the Hirz Fire as of 10 a.m. on August 24. 

The McCloud River Arm is closed to boat access just above Holiday Harbor and the Shasta Caverns Ferry. Recreation sites closed due to the Hirz Fire, include:

- Hirz Bay

- Moore Creek

- Pine Point

- Ellery Creek

- Dekkas Rock and McCloud Bridge

UPDATE 9:04 a.m. Thursday, August 23, 2018 - The acreage for the Hirz Fire remained the same overnight as well as the percentage contained. 

UPDATE 12:25 p.m. August 22, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is 20,504 acres and is 17 percent contained.

UPDATE 12:25 p.m. August 22, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is 18,814 acres and is 17 percent contained. 

UPDATE 7:30 a.m. August 22, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is now 18,280 acres and 17 percent contained.

There will be a public meeting Wednesday, August 22 at 6 p.m. at the Lakehead Lion’s Club, 20814 Mammoth Dr., Lakehead, CA 96051.

UPDATE 7:30 a.m. August 21, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is now 17,467 acres and 17% contained. 

UPDATE 7 a.m. August 20, 2018 - The Hirz Fire is now at 14,214 acres and 11% contained. There is a Community Meeting today, Monday, at 6 p.m. at McCloud High School. 

UPDATE August 19, 2018 - The so-called Hirz Fire has burned at least 14,014 acres with 11 percent containment as of Sunday evening.

According to Inciweb, the fire is burning in mixed conifer on the upper slopes and oak woodland.

The brush on the lower slopes is getting closer to Shasta Lake at the McCloud River. 

Fire crews expect a full containment by September 1.

UPDATE 11:38 p.m. Shasta-Trinity National Forest officials say the Hirz Fire, burning northeast of Redding, prompted new evacuation orders. 

They say due to increased fire activity in Bastard Canyon late Tuesday afternoon additional evacuations were ordered by the Shasta County Sheriff. Residents of Old Mill Road, Bonnie Vista Lane, and the portion of Top of the Hill Trail west of Gilman Road to Bonnie Vista Lane, are being evacuated. Residents of Hirz Mountain Road who were evacuated a couple of days ago are still under an evacuation order.

INITIAL REPORT 11:05 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2018- The Hirz Fire north of Lakehead has burned at least 5,689 acres Tuesday morning grew in size in the north and west of the location.

The blaze is tough for firefighters having to battle it in steep, rugged terrain near the arm of Shasta Lake.

On Monday it was around 4,400 acres but grew 1,000 more acres, but fire crews are working on contingency lines to the north.

Structures around Hirz Mountain Lookout Road were evacuated Tuesday.

Containment for the Hirz Fire is at five percent. 

Fire officials expect full containment on September 1. 

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