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Helena - Fork Fire


Helena and Fork Fires Update for September 21, 2017
The Helena Fire continues to burn near Junction City and Weaverville, CA. The Fork Fire is located north of Monument Peak and southwest of East Fork Lakes in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Helena... more


Approximate Location

40.771 latitude, -123.124 longitude

Incident Overview

Public Information Map- September 21st

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The Helena Fire continues to burn near Junction City and Weaverville, CA. The Fork Fire is located north of Monument Peak and southwest of East Fork Lakes in the Trinity Alps Wilderness.

Status: Join u to learn how Incident Management Teams support firefighters on large fires! A Public Camp Tour is planned for Friday, September 22, at 2pm. Please RSVP to the fire information line (530-628-0039 or helenafireinfo@gmail.com) if you plan to attend. Details to follow.

Minimal activity was observed on the fire overnight. Despite yesterday’s precipitation, crews completed handline east of the residences on Canyon Creek Road and continued to improve lines along Conner Creek. They also continued work on repairing contingency and completed lines as they could, and brought in excess hose and equipment. Today, crews will focus on building containment line directly along the western edge of the Fork Fire east of Canyon Creek Road and on holding and improving lines around the fire. While an estimated quarter- to half- inch of rain fell across the majority of the fire area, it was not enough moisture to put the fire out. Firefighters will be carefully watching and suppressing any smokes that appears close to the fireline, and residents should be aware that interior smoke will be visible for the foreseeable future.

Weather and Smoke: Unseasonably cool temperatures and high humidity will continue today. Some afternoon cloud cover is expected to move into the area this afternoon, but should produce only minimal shower activity. A warming, drying trend is expected over the weekend. Winds are expected to remain light.

Other Area Fires: Several other lightning-caused fires are burning on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, including the Buck Fire, which is burning near Black Rock Mountain (close to the Yolla-Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness). Information is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/3/.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginWednesday August 30th, 2017 approx. 05:15 PM
LocationJunction City & Helena, CA
Incident CommanderRick Young Northern California Incident Management Team 2
Incident DescriptionWildland Fire

Current Situation

Total Personnel643
Size21,962 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Brush, timber, hardwood litter

Fire is burning in past fire scars from 2006, 2008, and 1987. Fire is burning in steep terrain with slopes averaging 40% and up to 100%. Steep, inaccessible areas exist across the area.

Significant Events

21,962 acres is a combined acreage.


Planned Actions

Continue suppression repair activities on all divisions. Work with resource advisors to develop priorities for suppression repair. Hold and improve fire line where opportunities exist. Patrol and mop up fire areas.


Highway 299 will continue to have one-way controlled traffic due to a damaged section of roadway. Wait times are estimated at up to 1/2 hour.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The fire area received from .20 to .40 inches of rain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Thursday: It will be cold in the morning with excellent humidity recovery. It will continue to be cool and partly cloudy with isolated showers producing little moisture. Humidity minimums will be close to 40%. It will not be as windy, with ridgetop winds gusting to 15 mph.

Warming and drying trend begins Friday.

Unit Information

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Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway Redding California 96002
Redding, CA 96002

Incident Contact

Fire Information
Email: helenafireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 530 628-0039
Hours: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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