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Crews Reach 88% Containment On Massive August Complex

Many evacuation orders and warnings in Southern Trinity County have been downgraded on the August Lightning Complex. Traffic on Highway 36 is being escorted through the fire zone between the junction with Highway 3 and South Fork Mountain Summit twice daily, at 7AM and 5:30PM, and drivers have to be in line at those times or be left behind. Damage assessment crews in Southern Trinity County have confirmed at least 552 structures lost, but that number will increase as more areas become accessible. A burned area emergency response team has arrived to direct rehab work. The largest fire in California history is 88% contained and has burned 1,032,300 acres. The complex is burning in 7 counties, including the far southwestern corner of Shasta County. The portions of the fire burning in Trinity and Shasta Counties are not included in the federal disaster declaration made last week.