California Wildfire Roundup For Sept. 20

Sep 19, 2017

The arrival of cool, rainy weather in the region has seriously dampened, if not completely doused, the fires that have been burning in northern California. Air quality has greatly improved, as well, with even communities near major fires registering "GOOD" Air Quality Index readings.

Fire managers say the recent rains are not what they call a "fire season-ending event," But the general consensus is that the fires are unlikely to significantly rebound, and that it's mostly a matter of pressing the advantage from here on out.

Below are links to updates on evacuations, road closures and other relevant information on wildfires currently burning in JPR's listening area in northern California.

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The Eclipse Complex consists of five fires in the Klamath National Forest near Happy Camp. The fires started on Aug. 15 and have burned a total of 100,065 acres. The complex is 45% contained. 

For updated information about evacuation orders, road closures and progress reports, click here.

For updated smoke forecasts, click here

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The Salmon-August Complex started on Aug. 11 in the Marble Mountain Wilderness and the Klamath National Forest side of the Trinity Alps Wilderness. It's holding at 65,875 acres and is 55 percent contained.

The closure order for Klamath National Forest near these fires has been lifted as of Sept. 20. 

For updated smoke forecasts, click here

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The Orleans Complex consists of 19 fires that started on July 25 in the Six Rivers National Forest. The fires have burned 27,224 acres. Perimeter containment is 53 percent. 

For updated information on closures, evacuations and progress reports, click here.

For updated smoke forecasts, click here

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The Helena fire started on Aug. 30 near the town of Helena, west of Weaverville along Highway 299  in Trinity County. It's burning along Highway 299 a well as along both sides of the Trinity River.

The fire has so far burned 21,911 acres and is at 65 percent containment.

As of Sept. 5, 72 homes and 61 outbuildings had been destroyed and four homes and four outbuildings had been damaged.

All evacuation orders have been lifted.

For current information on evacuations and closures, click here.

For updated smoke forecasts, click here.