Crews Battling Dozens of Lightning Sparked Fires

Sep 6, 2019

The vegetation fire in Tehama County has burned 6,500 acres.
Credit Nevada Seismological Laboratory

Firefighters are continuing their efforts against the Red Bank Fire in Tehama County about 25 miles west of Red Bluff. Efforts appear to be paying off as the fire’s explosive growth yesterday has moderated substantially.


The fire has grown to 6,500 acres and is now considered seven percent contained. The fire is burning in difficult terrain south of Highway 36.


Mandatory evacuation orders issued yesterday remain in place. 

The fire has been determined to have been started by a lightning strike. 


Three air tankers are providing support for 82 engine companies on the scene. Highway 36 remains open to traffic.


A quick response by Calfire air tankers and firefighters appears to have gained the upper hand on a potentially dangerous wildfire in the Forbestown area east of Oroville.


CalFire Butte County reports engines, bulldozers and hand crews making strong progress against the Forbestown Fire which has burned an estimated seven acres in a remote area of brush and grass.


Meanwhile, the US Forest Service reports a 2,000 acre wildfire burning out of control in Plumas National Forest east of Genesee. 


A 200 acre fire burning out of control in Shasta Trinity National Forest, a 230 acre fire in Six Rivers National Forest also burning out of control, and a 2,600 acre fire in Modoc National Forest southeast of Tule Lake.


The US Forest Service reports 150 lightning strikes sparking 19 wildfires in Shasta Trinity National Forest.