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Crews Working Hotspots On Carr Fire, Hirz Fire Grows To 30,600 Acres

Heavy burning continues as fire crews work to extinguish interior hotspots and secure containment lines within the massive area of the Carr Fire. Containment remains at 96% after burning nearly 230,000 acres. 1,079 homes were lost along with 22 businesses and 500 other buildings. There are no longer any structures considered threatened. The fire’s spread has basically stopped as it has creeped to the shores of Lake Shasta. Highway 299 is open between Redding and Weaverville, but drivers should be extra cautious. The Shasta Trinity National Forest remains closed between Shasta and Trinity Lakes.

Containment has improved slightly to 31% on the Hirz Fire on the McCloud Arm of Lake Shasta. The human-caused fire began along Gilman Road and has slowed as it goes through rocky areas over Tombstone Mountain. Crews are making great progress around the northwest corner and with dozer and handline down to squaw creek from Yellowjacket Mountain. The Hirz has burned 30,606 acres of forest. No structural damage has been reported and nearly all evacuation orders are lifted. Boat access is closed on the McCloud Arm just above Holiday Harbor, though Shasta Caverns is open for visitors.

The Stone Fire burning the Modoc National Forest has mostly stopped growing, now at 39,387 acres with 72% containment.

California’s largest wildfire has grown to more than 410,000 acres, but it’s now 90% contained. The Mendocino Complex is burning in Colusa, Glenn, Lake, and Mendocino Counties.