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Devastating Fires Continue To Burn Across North State

1,874 residential and commercial structures have been destroyed and 97 damaged in the North Complex of fires in Plumas and Butte Counties, mostly in Berry Creek, Feather Falls and other communities northeast of Lake Oroville. There have been 15 confirmed fatalities and 2 injuries. An injured bear found in the west zone is in stable condition. The 298,200 acre complex includes the Bear Fire, or “North Complex West Zone”, along with the Sheep and Claremont Fires. Overall containment is estimated at 74%. Around 3100 personnel are working the complex.

The North and South Zones of the August Lightning Complex have merged together near the Mendocino/Trinity County line to form the largest fire in California history. The size now totals 846,700 acres with 34% overall containment. The North Zone of the fire continues to move westward. More than 1,500 structures are threatened. Crews are fighting to protect the communities of Ruth Lake, Forest Glenn and Trinity Pines/Post Mountain.

The Slater Fire that started September 8th in the Klamath National Forest is being managed along with the Devil’s Fire with a total size of over 148,700 acres. It’s 22% contained. Many evacuation levels have been reduced and Highways 199 and 96 have reopened. Hundreds of homes have been lost in the Happy Camp area, as well as Indian Creek, which is still under evacuation orders. At least 2 civilians have died. Part of the Slater Fire is burning in Oregon.

A fire that broke out last Monday in the Klamath National Forest has burned than 2,030 acres. The Fox Fire is burning in a remote area of the Trinity Alps Wilderness near Slide Creek southwest of Callahan. There is 31% containment.

The Red Salmon Complex, burning since July 27th in the Trinity Alps Wilderness about 8 miles northeast of Willow Creek, has burned over 104,700 acres. Containment is estimated at 28%. Crews have had to battle for every foot of containment in the extremely steep and rugged terrain. The fire is being fought by Forest Service crews, along with the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Yurok Tribe and the Karuk Tribe. Evacuation orders for Forks of Salmon are downgraded to warnings.