Shasta Trinity National Forest

Fighting Fire With Fire

Feb 11, 2020
US Forest Service

A series of prescribed burns are expected to occur in several places across the region in coming days.

 

Close to 6,500 acres of forest will be intentionally set alight this week, if everything goes according to plan.

Horacio Campos, a 26-year-old Mexican citizen, was sentenced to two years in federal prison and fined more than $9,200 after being caught tending an illegal marijuana plantation on federal land.

Prosecutors said about 10,000 plants and more than 800 pounds of processed cannabis were found at the site, in the Hobo Gulch area of the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area. The plantation was irrigated by water diverted from a stream. Fertilizer, pesticides and hundreds of pounds of trash were found at the site.

The Stephens Fire in Siskiyou County has been declared 100 percent contained. It broke out Tuesday after a control burn on private property escaped containment.

Public Information Officer Andrea Capps says it burned about 200 acres 18 miles east of McCloud, just south of Horse Peak.  Crews from Cal-Fire and the Shasta Trinity National Forest are continuing to strengthen containment lines. She says the cause is under investigation, but that it’s likely changing weather conditions that caused the fire to escape.