The McFarland Fire is at 7,485 acres and 5 percent containment. The fire burned actively yesterday aided by high temperatures, low relative humidity, steep terrain and a receptive fuel bed. The fire became established in the Upper headwaters of Beegum Canyon, with tree torching, spotting and rollout in the steep terrain allowing for increased fire behavior. Fixed wing air resources were utilized to make retardant drops to slow fire progression and allow ground resources the opportunity to construct containment handlines along the fire perimeter. Overnight the fire spotted three miles to the west around Hell To Find Lake.
Today, fire crews will continue to construct and strengthen containment handlines along the fire’s perimeter and will be looking for opportunities to directly attack the fire to mitigate any further lateral spread. Air resources will continue to work in unison with ground firefighting resources. Fire crews are also scouting the area in preparation for constructing contingency lines around the fire area.
CIIMT 11 (Fogle) took over management of the McFarland Fire from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest at 7:00 p.m. yesterday.
The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office issued an EVACUATION ORDER for the town of Wildwood, CA. Evacuation areas are SR 36 at Wildwood Canyon Road and north on Wildwood Road for 10 miles. The Evacuation Center is located at Solid Rock Church in Hayfork, CA on Tule Creek Road. Those who are evacuating take precaution as there are emergency vehicles working in the area. Evacuation areas are SR 36 at Wildwood Canyon Road and north on Wildwood Road for 10 miles.
Highway 36 is the main corridor transporting firefighters and equipment into the fire area. If at all possible, please support firefighting efforts by using an alternative route.