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Delta and Hirz Fires: Now 100 Percent Contained

USFS map showing the joined perimeters of the Delta, Hirz and Carr Fires from summer 2018

Stay with Action News Now for the latest updates on the Delta Fire as they become available.

Posted: Sep. 23, 2018 9:23 AM
Updated: Oct. 7, 2018 12:20 PM

UPDATE 12:14 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 - The area around the Delta and Hirz fires is now 100 percent contained, meaning there is fire line around the entire perimeter.

Though fire behavior inside the perimeter is minimal, warmer and drier conditions may cause larger fuels such as stumps and downed logs to burn, which may produce smoke visible from the Interstate and from people's homes.

Crews will contine to mop up hot spots and patrol the perimeter.

Incident Commander, Curtis Coots, of Nor Cal Team Incident Command Team 1 says they still have approximately 150 miles of suppression repair to complete on the Delta and Hirz fires. They will continue pulling back brush, chipping and building water bars to minimize soil erosion on dozer lines and hand lines, Coots said.

Interstate 5 is open in both directions with short one-lane traffic areas between Lakehead and Mount Shasta City due to construction and hazard tree removal.

Area Opening/Closures:

To provide for public safety during suppression and repair, a Shasta-Trinity National Forest Closure Order is in place for the Delta Fire (order number 14-18-19).

For specific recreation information, you can call the Weaverville Ranger Station (530) 623-2121, Shasta Lake Ranger District at (530) 275-1587 or the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station at (530) 926-4511.

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UPDATE 1:53 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 - The Delta fire remains at 63,293 acres and is 97 percent contained. 

There are still nearly 900 firefighters battling the Delta Fire in Shasta and Trinity Counties. 

Firefighters are dealing with wet and muddy conditions that are affecting access to some areas. 

On  I-5 there are short one-lane traffic areas between Lakehead and Mount Shasta city due to construction and hazard tree removal. 

The expected containment date has been pushed back to Oct. 8. 

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UPDATE 8:53 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 - The Delta Fire has remained at 63,293 acres and is still 97 percent contained. 

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UPDATE 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 63,293 acres. It is still 97 percent contained.

All evacuations and evacuation advisories have been lifted.

Sunday morning command was transferred to a Northern California Type 2 Incident Command Team.

Crews are still putting out hot spots that threaten the integrity of the fire lines. Due to increased humidity and rain, the fire activity is significantly reduced.

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UPDATE 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 - The Delta Fire grew to 63,093 acres and is still considered 97 percent contained. The estimated date for 100 percent containment is Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

Operations from the night shift report that the fire activity moderated overnight Friday under overcast skies. It had advanced to the northwest and is still at Slate Mountain Road and Dog Creek on the Trinity/Shasta county line.

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UPDATE 1:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 - The Delta Fire has grown to 62,159 acres and is 97 percent contained.  

There are new mandatory evacuations in Trinity County. (Click here for an article with evacuation updates)

20 structures were destroyed. 914 personnel are working on the Shasta Trinity National Forest Service fire team at this time.

The human-caused Delta Fire Wednesday, Sept. 5, approximately 12:51 p.m. two miles north of Lakehead, California.

The majority of the Delta/Hirz Fire showed minimal fire behavior Friday. However, the south-west corner of the Delta Fire was very active, and was categorized as 'extreme.' Spotting and group torching was observed.

Containment lines on the ridge near Clear Creek were impacted and firefighters are actively engaged in suppression efforts minimizing growth while providing for firefighter safety.

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UPDATE 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 62,059 acres. With the increase in uncontained fire perimeter because of the spot fire in Bear Gulch, the containment is now at 97 percent

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UPDATE 9:21 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 - The Delta Fire is 62,504 acres and is 98 percent contained. 

Expected containment has been pushed back to Oct. 5. 

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UPDATE 11:52 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 - The Delta Fire is 62,504 acres and is 98 percent contained.

U.S. Forest officials say the spot fire that sparked outside of the Delta Fire on Tuesday is estimated at 762 acres.

Officials say retardant tankers made several drops to the north above Bear Gulch keeping the fire from moving in that direction. 

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UPDATE 9:08 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 - The Delta Fire is 61,715 acres and is 98 percent contained. 

The U.S. Forest Service observed a spot fire along the southern containment line that grew to around 10 acres. 

The fire is expected to be fully contained on Sept. 29. 

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SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. - The Delta Fire is 98 percent contained, as of Sunday morning, Sept. 23, 2018. Full containment is expected by Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.

Smoke from the fire is still visible from within the fire perimeter. Drivers on Interstate 5 will be able to see pockets of smoke over the next several weeks. Other areas with heavy smoke are near Dog Creek and Damnation Peak.

The human-caused fire is 60,705 acres in size. It started on Wednesday, September 5, at approximately 12:51 p.m.

A local Type 3 Incident Management Organization led by Incident Commander Paul Zerr of the Shasta McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest assumed command of the Delta and Hirz Fires on Saturday. They will oversee suppression and repair efforts beginning in the Hirz Fire and work their way west to the Delta Fire.

Firefighters will continue to mop up as they improve completed fireline along the southern edge of the Delta fire. Crews will extinguish burning or smoldering material on the fire’s edge and further into the fire area where needed. This labor-intensive activity is critical to keeping the fire contained.

Crews will continue suppression repair activities on all affected areas. Firefighters use heavy equipment to move vegetation and other debris, pushed aside during fireline construction, back onto cleared areas to reduce erosion. Waterbars, or small ridges, are being built at angles across slopes to divert water. This repair activity significantly reduces and minimizes long-term impacts to roads and trails.

Area Opening/Closures:

To provide for public safety during suppression and repair, a Shasta-Trinity National Forest Closure Order is in place for the Delta Fire (order number 14-18-19). For specific recreation information, please call the Shasta Lake Ranger District at (530) 275-1587 or the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station at (530) 926-4511.

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