Continued cool temperatures, moister air and calm conditions helped firefighters make progress against dozens of fires around the region yesterday and overnight.
Containment of the Walker Fire burning in Plumas National Forest increased to 20 percent. Evacuation orders remain in place for Murdock crossing and Stoney Ridge, but have been lifted elsewhere. The fire has burnt through more than 48,000 acres. US 395 remains open. The Evacuation Center in Susanville has closed.
Down in the foothills, Calfire reports the Swedes Fire burning east of Oroville is 80 percent contained. The cause of the now 500 acre fire remains under investigation. The nearly adjoining Forbestown Fire is now 95 percent contained at 58 acres. In Tehama County, the Red Bank fire west of Red Bluff and south of Platina has scorched more than 8,800 acres and is 80 percent contained. State Route 36 remains open.
The South fire has burned through close to 2,900 acres west of Red Bluff and is 10 percent contained.
The Lime Fire burning west of Interstate 5, north of State Route 96. The smoke plume from the 1,900 acre blaze is visible both the highway and Yreka, 10 miles to the south. Evacuation warnings have been issued for nearby areas. It is 20 percent contained.
In the Trinity Alps Wilderness, the Middle Fire has burned 350 acres in the drainages of Canyon Creek and Black Creek. Two firefighters were injured several days ago, battling in steep rugged terrain. Firefighters don’t expect to have the blaze fully contained before Halloween.
The Lone Fire in Modoc National Forest has burnt more than 5,700 acres. It’s 92 percent contained.
Meanwhile, the 280 acre Ramshorn Fire northeast of Coffee Creek is 95 percent contained.