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Fork Complex Morning Update 8/24/15

Incident: Fork Complex Wildfire
Released: 8/24/2015

Fork Complex Morning Update

Monday, August 24, 2015

Date Started: July 30, 2015 Cause: Lightning Size: 36,499 acres Containment: 85%

Structures Destroyed: Residences 8, other buildings 4 Firefighter injuries to date: 12

Total Personnel: 852

Fire Resources: 13 crews, 7 helicopters, 72 engines, 11 bulldozers, 24 water tenders

Current Fire Situation:

Most of the Fork Complex fire activity has moderated, with firefighting efforts concentrated in the Chanchelulla Wilderness area.

Today, aircraft will continue to make water drops on the east side of the Shiell Fire in the Chanchelulla Wilderness. Firefighters increased containment lines within the Wilderness using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST). Suppression repair has been initiated for the Barker and Blue fires.

Skies will be mostly clear again today, with little smoke in the fire area. Occasional smoke may be visible as some pockets of unburned fuels within the interior of the fires burn out. Crews will continue to patrol and mop up along containment lines.

As many evacuations and road closures end, people returning to these areas are urged to be cautious. There is still a lot of fire equipment on roadways and there may be rocks and other hazards on the roads.

For a high quality map showing the Fork, South, River, Route, and Mad River complexes, visit:

Forest Closure Order #14-15-05 prohibits the public from going into or on National Forest System lands within the Fork Complex. Inquiries about the forest closure can be directed to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest at (530) 226-2500.

Evacuations and Road Closures:

For a complete list of evacuation and road closure information, visit:

Air Quality and Smoke Information:

Detailed air quality and smoke information is available at: or


Unit Information

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

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