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South Fire

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

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South Fire Update 09-21-19

South Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 9/21/2019

Current Fire Situation: This will be the final update unless significant activity occurs.

As of this morning, the South Fire is approximately 5209 acres with 61% containment. Large fuels continued to smolder, but no significant fire activity was observed on Friday.

The South Fire is in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, southeast of Tomhead Mountain, west of Red Bluff, and 15 miles south of Platina CA. The fire is in a remote and very rugged area of the forest.

Along Sanford Ridge, two miles west of the fire, a contingency line has been completed to contain the fire, should it to move to the West. The eastern portion of the fire, which is outside of the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness, remains 100% contained.

Today, firefighters will continue to improve the containment line along the Humboldt trail on the northern edge of the fire, and scout for other possible confinement line locations within the wilderness.

The fire will transition to a smaller organization today. The California Interagency Incident Management Team 16, has been managing the fire since September 8. On behalf of the team, we would like to thank the local communities for their support. Management of the fire will be returned back to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

A warming and drying trend is predicted through the coming weekend. Today’s forecast is for clear skies with highs of 71 at 5000 feet elevation, and 70-75 at 2500 feet elevation. The continuation of drying fuels, influenced by solar heating, will also continue throughout today.

Fire Information: For specific inquiries, contact the Shasta-Trinity’s fire information center at 530-628-0039. Please note: this is a new phone number. Information is also available online at

A Forest Closure remains in effect within the area of the South Fire. Order No. 14-19-06.

For public and firefighter safety, forest visitors should observe all Forest Closures.

Visit the Shasta-Trinity National Forest web page for more information.


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