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Middle Fire

Unit Information

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

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Fire Information
Phone: 530-628-0039
Hours: Daily 7 AM to 7PM

Highlighted Activity

09/16/2019 Middle Fire Update September 16
The Middle Fire was very active yesterday, burning in the East Fork of Canyon Creek.Because of overnight rain across the fire, an infrared flight to accurately update maps and acreagewas not...
News - 09/16/2019
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The Middle Fire was very active yesterday, burning in the East Fork of Canyon Creek. Because of overnight rain across the fire, an infrared flight to accurately update maps and acreage was not possible. Today’s fire behavior should be reduced because of the lower wind speed and higher humidities from last night’s rain.

Planned activities for today include the construction of indirect fireline for protection of private property and historic sites. A total of 109 personnel are currently assigned to the Middle Fire.

In order to provide protection for the public and firefighters fighting the Middle Fire, a Closure Order has been issued for areas potentially affected by the Middle Fire, including Ripstein Campground, Canyon Creek Trailhead, Trail 10W03, Trail 10W06, and Trail 10W08 south of CanyonCreek Falls. Expect more trail closures east of the existing closure area in the future.

It was started by lightning on September 5, 2019 and is located northeast of the Canyon Creek Trailhead in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. This fire is challenging because of the steep, rugged terrain. Two firefighters were injured on the Middle Fire during initial attack. Firefighter and public safety continue to be our number one priority.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday September 05th, 2019 approx. 09:00 AM
Location1 mile east of Canyon Creek Trailhead
Incident CommanderJon Airhart/Matt Delaney (t)
Coordinates40.887 latitude, -123.014 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel109
Size575 Acres
Estimated Containment DateThursday October 31st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber, Brush

Significant Events

Fire behavior has increased. Fire is established in the East Fork drainage, this allowed for alignment of fuels and topography. Uphill runs, short crown runs and group torching were observed. Fire continued to move east towards Salmon Mountain and the District boundary. At the north end of the fire near Bear Creek there has been very little fire behavior observed.


Planned Actions

Continue to scout out direct and indirect barriers to fire growth. Continue to prep road system and structures/infrastructure. Community outreach and maintaining public information. Install indirect fireline around private property and around identified historic sites.

Projected Incident Activity

Cool temperatures at night should slow fire progression on all flanks of the fire. Fire expected to have minimal growth as it continues to back and creep. Fire is expected to back down to Canyon Creek Trail, Black Bear Creek, and Canyon Creek Road.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A strong pacific trough will bring cooler temperatures and locally breezy conditions into Monday. Showers will spread south across the area late Sunday night into Monday with wetting rain expected. Dry weather will return on Tuesday before another system increase shower chances mid-week.