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Carr Fire Reaches 100 Percent Containment, Locals Relieved

Firefighters have stopped forward progress on the Carr Fire at nearly 230,000 acres.

Posted: Aug 31, 2018 7:02 PM

Firefighters have stopped forward progress on the Carr Fire and it is now at nearly 230,000 acres and 100 percent containment.

It's been 39 days since it first broke out alongside Highway 299 East near French Gulch.

And while the fire is at 100 percent containment, firefighters say it'll likely be a little while longer before the fire is completely extinguished.

A total of 456 fire personnel, 11 fire engines, 31 water tenders, 5 hand crews and 48 bulldozers are still working the fire.

And just because it's 100 percent contained does not mean it's out.

It means firefighters are confident that the containment lines they've put in place will hold.

For most people in Redding and surrounding communities, the last month has been a very trivial and emotional time.

But news that the fire is now 100 percent contained has mostly been met with joy.

“I think it's just the beginning,” Happy Valley Resident Bryan Saelee said. “But it is a relief that it's 100 percent. But it is California. You know there's always wildfires all around us. So we gotta be cautious because of that too.”

One thing that most people seem to agree on is that the Carr Fire has brought neighbors together.

People have also stepped up to help total strangers.

And the outpour of support for Redding and Shasta County from people all over the world has been overwhelming.

“Now that it's 100 percent contained, I'm really looking at how the community has really chimed in and gotten together,” Redding resident David Palin said.

We ran into one group of firefighters from Maine who worked on the Carr and Hirz fires.

They were heading home Friday afternoon and said it's been a long, difficult job.

But they're happy they were able to help and they're glad to be heading home.

Cal Fire officials said crews are still actively seeking out and putting out hotspots on the Carr Fire and will continue to do so for the next week or two.

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