Thursday, 30 May 2024

Local firefighters work on fires in Shasta, Trinity counties

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LAKE COUNTY – Local firefighters once again are working on summertime fires burning around the state.


Lake County fire districts have crews on fires in Shasta County, according to Northshore Fire Protection District Chief Jim Robbins.


For the last 12 days firefighters from Northshore, Kelseyville, Lakeport, Lake County and South Lake County fire district have gone from one incident to another, Robbins said.


Robbins said when they were released from the Burney incident, the state's Office of Emergency Services didn't let them come home, sending them instead to Lewiston.


Lewiston, located in Trinity County, was where the Coffin Fire was burning, according to Cal Fire. It began Aug. 12 and burned 1,200 acres. It's reported to be 100-percent contained.


On Friday Robbins said Northshore switched in three fresh firefighters and a battalion chief, allowing exhausted firefighters to come home. They've been working a 24-hour on, 24-off shift.


The county's different districts will switch out their firefighters at different times, according to Robbins.


The SHU Lightning Incident, located in the Burney area in Shasta County, burned 17,623 acres and was 85-percent contained as of Saturday evening, according to Cal Fire. The fire, which began Aug. 1, is expected to be contained on Sunday.


Cal Fire reports that there are several other large fires burning around the state: the La Brea Fire, located 21 miles east of Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County, began Aug. 8, has burned 84,150 acres and is 25-percent contained; the Lockheed Fire, burning in the Bonny Doon area of Santa Cruz, began Aug. 12, has burned 6,843 acres and is 40-percent contained; the Corral Fire, located in Alameda County's Altamont Pass, began Aug. 13, has burned 15,000 acres and is 60-percent contained; and the Yuba Fire, located in the Dobbins area of Yuba County, which began Aug. 14, has burned 2,000 acres and is 15-percent contained.


The governor's office reported that state, federal and local personnel and assets have been activated and are deployed to assist with firefighting efforts statewide, including 6,853 fire personnel, 711 fire engines, 187 hand crews, 68 helicopters, 46 fixed winged aircraft, 109 bulldozers and 117 water tenders.


The fires around the state have burned well over 100,000 acres, damaged two outbuildings, destroyed two residential structures and one commercial building, and between 2,700 and 3,100 residences have been evacuated statewide.


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