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Kerlin Fire is 100 Percent Contained

Shasta-Trinity National Forest Officials and firefighters are responding to the Kerlin fire in Hyampom.

Posted: Sep 5, 2018 5:49 PM
Updated: Sep 18, 2018 2:59 PM

UPDATE 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 - The Kerlin Fire is now 100 percent contained. 

The blaze, which started on Sept. 4, burned 1,751 acres in Shasta-Trinity National Forest, west of Hyampom. 


UPDATE 8:42 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 - The Kerlin Fire remains at 1,751 acres and 95 percent contained. 


UPDATE 7:48 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 - The Kerlin Fire is now 1,751 acres and 95 percent contained. 

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UPDATE 9:27 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 - the Kerlin Fire remains at 1,748 acres but is now 77 percent contained. 

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UPDATE 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 - The Kerlin Fire is 1,748 acres and 60 percent contained.

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UPDATE 7:54 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 - The Kerlin Fire is 1,715 acres and 31 percent contained. 

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UPDATE 7:23 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 - The Kerlin Fire remains is currently mapped at 1,668 acres and is 20% contained. There are 636 resources working on the fire.

As of 4:30pm on September 9, 2018, all MANDATORY evacuations on the Kerlin Fire have been changed to ADVISORY. That includes structures west of the South Fork of the Trinity River from the Lower South Fork Road/ Pelletreau Road intersection north to Salmon Rock, due west to the Humboldt-Trinity County Line, south to the 3N32 B Spur (at the south end of Section 30), due east to the Pelletreau Road, along the north side of the Pelletreau Road back to the intersection with Lower South Fork Road.

Firefighters again made good progress on containment today. The fire was again most active on the northeastern corner (behind the sawmill) and crews, assisted by heavy helicopters, worked to bring the fire down to the established containment lines around Mill and Middle Creeks. They will continue to hold that line tonight. A small slop over the line was also identified on the eastern edge of the fire, and crews worked today to get hose around that slop and to ensure that the line remains secure.

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UPDATE 7:23 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 - The Kerlin Fire remains at 1645 acres and 13% contained. There are 531 resources working on the fire, including five helicopters and fixed wing aircraft as needed and available.

Good humidity recovery helped moderate fire conditions overnight. Crews prioritized work on dozer lines near Middle Creek and along the Mill Creek Road, where dozer lines were improved and a fire hose was put in place for eventual strategic firing, when and if conditions permit. They also continued to mop up around the fire, looking for any remaining heat or snags near the perimeter that could threaten containment if tested by the wind.

Sunday, crews will work along the Pelletreau Road to remove hazard trees that could fail, causing hazards to firefighters and potentially threaten lines. The weather today is predicted to be about the same as yesterday, with gusty seasonal winds developing in the afternoon. Due to cool temperatures and high humidity overnight, the smoke inversion is expected to persist in the area for slightly longer today. Smoky conditions can hamper aircraft visibility.

A mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for residents west of the South Fork of the Trinity River from the Lower South Fork Road/ Pelletreau Road intersection north to Salmon Rock, due west to the Humboldt-Trinity County Line, south to the 3N32 B Spur (at the south end of Section 30), due east to the Pelletreau Road, along the north side of the Pelletreau Road back to the intersection with Lower South Fork Road. The Red Cross Shelter, formerly located in Hayfork, has been closed.

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UPDATE 7:40 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 - The Kerlin Fire is now 1,625 acres in size, and there is no containment at this time. 531 personnel are fighting this fire west of Hyampom in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The fire started Tuesday, September 4th at approximately 3:10 p.m. There are heavy winds expected Sunday, so the plans for Saturday night are to hold the constructed lines and work on contingency lines.

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UPDATE 5:45 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 - The mandatory evacuation area was reduced in size Saturday, and the Red Cross shelter that was set up in Hayfork was closed because no one showed up to use the services.

The fire started Tuesday, and the cause is still under investigation. Officials say that the fire is not impacting Highway 299 or Hyampom Road.

The area of Salmon Rock is no longer under an evacuation order. Mandatory evacuations are still in place. See the map below for specifics.

The green dotted line marks the evacuation area. It includes structures located west of the South Fork of the Trinity River, from Lower South Fork Road and Pelletreau Road to Salmon Rock, and then due west to the Humboldt-Trinity County Line.

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UPDATE 8:45 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 - The acreage update for the Kerlin Fire is 1,625 acres, with no containment. Almost 400 personnel are working on this fire, which continued to back slowly toward a bulldozer line west of Hyampom. Firefighters believe this will reduce available vegetation for the fire and will help secure the fireline that is protecting the community.

Little growth was reported on the southern or western areas of the area. The most growth overnight was on the northern edge. The fire is now established over Mill Creek, but it remains slightly south of Middle Creek. Saturday morning crews are using the relatively calm conditions to build lines along Forest Road 3N14 to the Old Mill site along the base of the slope. They are hoping this tactic will help to arrest the fire's spread to the north and to the west.

The inversion may lift by noon Saturday, and some windy conditions are expected this weekend in the afternoons.

An evacuation order is still in effect for residents along County Road 311 from Lake Mountain Ranch to Deadman's Point. A Red Cross shelter has been opened in Hayfork at the Solid Rock Church, located at the intersection of Highway 3 and Tule Creek Road.

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UPDATE 8:43 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 - The Kerlin Fire has grown to 1,228 acres and is 0 percent contained. 

A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Hyampom Volunteer Fire Department. 


UPDATE 12:22 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 - The Kerlin fire has grown to 975 acres with 0 percent containment.


HYAMPOM, Calif. - Shasta-Trinity National Forest Officials and firefighters are responding to the Kerlin fire, which is burning 100 acres with no containment west of Hyampom. 

According to the forest service, the fire started on Sept. 4 around 3 p.m. 

There are structures in the area of the fire, but they are not immediately threatened, according to the release. 

An evacuation center has been set up at Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Church located at Tule Creek Rd & Hwy 3 in Hayfork. 

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