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SHF Lightning Fires

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Josef Orosz
Phone: 530 226-2322
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Denny, reported at 5:44 p.m., tree felled and fire suppressed and fire is in patrol status as of 9:13 p.m., May 15, 2018Image options: [ Full Size ]

During the evenings of May 8, May 15, May 20, and May 23, 2018 lightning moved through the area and ignited several new fires. Forest officials and firefighters are closely monitoring and responding to these reported fires.

The U.S. Forest Service is conducting aerial reconnaissance flights to determine potential growth activity of the fires and develop appropriate response activity. The reconnaissance flights are part of our normal operating plan after lightning storms.

Below we have listed each fire by the time the fire was reported, the name given to the fire, the approximate location and estimated fire size (if known) and current status. Any large fires will have a new "incident" page started in InciWeb.

May 8, 2018

1. 7:38 p.m. Cedars Fire - SW of Dubekella Mountain, .10 acreage, Fire called out at 3:27 p.m., May 11, 2018

2. 8:39 p.m. Chapman - SE of O`Brien Mountain, .10 acreage, In patrol status @ 12:07 a.m., May 9, 2018

3. 9:00 p.m. Creek Fire – SE of McCloud Bridge, .75 acreage, Contained @ 11:35 a.m., May 9, 2018

May 15, 2018

4. 5:44 p.m. Den Fire - NW of Denny, single tree, in patrol status as of 9:13 p.m., May 15, 2018

May 21, 2018

5. 9:46 a.m. Schell Fire - West of I-5 and Shasta Lake near Schell Mountain. Fire is less than .01 acre in size. fire is contained and in patrol status

May 23, 2018

6. 4:24 p.m. Divide Fire - located approximately a mile north of Hayfork Bally. Fire is about 0.1 acre in size, fire is now contained and in patrol status.

Forest Service personnel and aircraft continue to work with local and state fire agency representatives to investigate and report new lightning fires. Updates will be made to this incident as information becomes available.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Incident DescriptionSeveral Fires Located Across The Shasta-trinity National Forest
Coordinates40.677 latitude, -123.199 longitude

Current Situation

Significant Events

Lightning has sparked several fires on the forest


Planned Actions

Resources responding to these fires can include: helicopters, air tankers, smokejumpers, crews, and engines.

Projected Incident Activity

Aerial reconnaissance flights will continue to monitor all fires for growth and development and to identify any new fires.


Fire information will be updated daily.

Specific incident notes:

For current fire activity information, please call the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Public Affairs Office at (530) 226-2322 or 226-2494.

For more information on past lightning fire activity, please contact the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Public Affairs Office at the above listed number.