Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002
Helena Fire / Fork Fire Update
September 5, 2017 10:00 a.m.
Fire Information: 530-628-0039 8am to 8pm / firstname.lastname@example.org
@ShastaTrinityNF and @CALFIRESHU USFSShastaTrinityNF The Helena Fire, managed under unified command with CALFIRE and California Interagency Incident Management Team 3, continues to burn near Junction City and Weaverville, California. Smoke continues to hamper our ability to obtain fire perimeter data. Acreages for both the Helena and Fork Fires are estimates from field observations yesterday. Helena Fire - Date/Time Reported: August 30,2017 Location: West of Weaverville, California Cause: Under investigation Size: 11,013 acres Containment: 14%
Fire Crews: 31
Water Tenders: 13
Status: The heavy smoke inversion lifted mid-afternoon yesterday on the Helena Fire, and the fire became more active. The majority of growth was to the northeast and southwest. However, all growth was within planned or constructed containment lines. The Helena Fire and Fork Fire may merge within the next few days. Fire suppression traffic continues in the East Weaver Creek area, so please avoid the area if possible. There is no evacuation warning or order for the area. Residents should be prepared, should either be issued by the Trinity County Sheriff, who is responsible for any evacuation. Containment lines on the west, northwest and southeast flanks continue to hold. On the southwest flank south of the Trinity River, the fire moved into the Miller Creek drainage on the southwest flank south of the Trinity River. Previously established containment lines constructed during the 2008 Iron and Eagle fire complexes are being utilized to hold the fire in check. Strategic burn operations from previous days elsewhere on the fire continue to hold. Additional burnout operations are expected to continue over the next 3-5 days. Structure protection measures continue for numerous homes and other structures. Fork Fire - Date/Time Reported: August 7, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: 1,700 acres Containment: 0%
Location: North of Monument Peak and southwest of East Fork Lakes in the Trinity Alps Wilderness area Resources: Fire Engines: 2 Total Resources: 56 Status: Crews are on site assessing locations for construction of fire lines and additional access/escape routes. Evacuations:The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for residents between Helena and Oregon Mountain Summit, including the Canyon Creek area; Red Hill Road and all roads off of Red Hill Road; Valdor Road; Canyon Creek and all roads off of Canyon Creek; Power House Road and Upper Road. This order remains in effect. An evacuation center is located at the First Baptist Church in Weaverville. The shelter for farm animals is at the Trinity High School. Dogs and cats can be taken to the Trinity County Animal Shelter. Local Assistance Center (LAC): The structure damage assessment is complete for the Helena Fire. The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office will provide information to property owners today from noon until 7:00 p.m. at the Mountain Chapel Church in Weaverville. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and other state and local agencies and non-profit and volunteer organizations will also be present. The LAC will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and remain open until further notice. Ongoing need for the LAC will be assessed on a daily basis. FireWise: We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire. The public is encouraged to visit FireWise at http://www.firewise.org/about.aspx to learn more about living and adapting to wildfires. Weather and Smoke: The fire area is under a hazardous weather outlook with an excessive heat warning. Smoke from fires in northern California and southern Oregon is creating unhealthy air conditions. Visit ncuaqmd.org for air quality information and hours and locations of clean air shelters. Road Closures: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will open Highway 299 to through traffic only at the following times: 5:30am, 9:00am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, and 9:30 pm. These times will continue until further notice. Eastbound and Westbound traffic in line at these times will be allowed through the area under traffic control, depending on fire activity and operations. All areas under evacuation orders remain closed to access. Wilderness / Recreation Access: Canyon Creek and Hobo Gulch trailheads are not accessible. The BLM Junction City Campground and Bagdad River Access on Highway 299, and the Grapevine Swimming Hole on East Fork Road, are closed.