Weaverville Fire Quiets; Denny and Gasquet Fires Rage On
THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 10 AM .... The Democrat Fire that started just west of Weaverville Tuesday afternoon has been recalculated to be smaller than originally believed. Major gains in containment have been reported.
Meanwhile, the Gasquet Complex northeast of Crescent City, and the River Complex surrounding the town of Denny, each grew by nearly 3,000 acres yesterday. Gusting winds - often aligned with fires in valleys - were a major contributor to the spread and are expected to continue through Friday.
DEMOCRAT FIRE (530-225-2510)
Acres = downgraded from 250 to 128
Containment = 60%
Personnel = 618
All road closures and evacuations have been lifted. However, residents traveling near the fire perimeter are required to carry identification.
The evacuation center has been closed.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
GASQUET COMPLEX (707-925-3172)
Acres = 21,447
Containment = 31%
Personnel = 729
The Coon Fire has burned approximately 6,600 acres and 72 percent contained. Crews are focusing on holding a 3-mile fire line on the western flank.
The Bear Fire has burned almost 7,000 acres and 15 percent contained. Crews are trying to hold the eastern and southern flanks.
The Peak Fire has burned 7,970 acres and is 6 percent contained. Crews are improving roads along the western flank to act as containment lines.
The Feeder Fire burned roughly 900 acres and is 100 percent contained.
Further information and pertinent links HERE.
DENNY (River Complex)
Acres = 60,744
Containment = 26%
Personnel = 516
Containment has held near Highway 299 north of Del Loma. The highway remains open.
The River Complex is the largest of all the fires in Trinity County and now encompasses from Grizzly Camp in the north to Hayden Flat in the south, and from Groves Prairie in the west to Stone and Stove camps in the east.
The fire is expected to spread along the northeastern flank toward Fawn Ridge and Trinity Mountain. An eastward push toward Brushy and Green Mountains is also predicted.
Today's highs will approach 90 in the valleys, low 80's at higher elevations, and with winds gusting around 18 miles per hour.
More information HERE.