Eiler Fire grows to 31,722 acres, still 40% contained


The Eiler Fire in Shasta County has burned 31,722 acres and is 40 percent contained. The fire is more than two miles southeast of Burney. The size of the fire grew by 637 acres from Wednesday night. Full containment is expected on Wednesday, August 20. Firefighters continue to construct control lines in conjunction with crews extinguishing hot spots. The fire suppression repair process continues. Resources have begun to demobilize, allowing crews to be available for new incidents. According to the Thursday update from CAL FIRE, with the exception of Lassen National Forest, all highway closures and evacuations have been lifted. The fire has destroyed 8 residences, 1 commercial building and 20 outbuildings. The Bald Fire in Shasta County has burned 39,926 acres and is 87% contained as of Thursday morning. The fire is eight miles southeast of Fall River Mills. Full containment is expected on Friday, August 8. The Forest Service has closed part of the Hat Creek Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest until both the Bald and Eiler fires have been fully contained. Visitors are prohibited from being on Forest Service land, trails or roads within the closure area. The Day fire in Modoc County has burned 13,153 acres and is 85% contained as of Thursday morning. It is burning two miles north of the community of Day. Full containment is expected on Saturday, August 9. A stable air mass set up over the fire with inversions in the valley. The inversion is expected to break around 11 a.m., this will make it warmer and drier in the afternoon requiring firefighters to remain vigilant. Firefighters are making substantial gains on mop up efforts and containment lines continue to grow.