Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
WILLOWS, Calif. — June 25, 2019 — Activity on the East Fire is expected to remain low while there is a cool weather system in place over northern California. On Monday, fire activity consisted of creeping and smoldering within the designated confinement area in the Yolla Bolly Wilderness, 23 miles northeast of Covelo in Trinity County. The East Fire is 30 percent contained at 410 acres.
There are 100 personnel assigned to the incident. Some of these resources are being released due to the low fire activity. Incident Commander Trainee Terry Nickerson explains, “We are prepared for the fire to slow down or speed up depending on the weather, terrain and fuels it moves into over the coming weeks. This is the expected natural process as the fire continues to spread within the designated confinement area between the East Ridge, Buck Ridge and Wrights Ridge.” Nickerson adds, “While activity is low now, we are prepared to manage this incident over the long-term with the proper size of organization to support the crews in the wilderness. One way we can do that efficiently is to arrange for a pack train to start delivering supplies to the crews. We anticipate the pack train to start operating the beginning of July.”
Fire crews are patrolling and monitoring activity along Buck Ridge and East Ridge to the Middle Eel River. They are also repairing camp sites, firelines and helispots by removing berms, dispersing slash, hauling trash and covering cut trees with limbs or slash. Fire personnel can expect temperatures in the low 60s with winds out of the west from 6 to 10 mph on Tuesday.
While there are no closures associated with the East Fire, officials advise wilderness hikers avoid traveling near Buck Ridge and Wrights Ridge. Maps and photos are available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6394/. Photos are also available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mendocinonf/albums.
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