Tuesday fire update: Eiler Fire 20% contained


The wet weather is helping firefighters gain more control of several wildfires burning in the Northstate Tuesday morning. The two largest fires are burning in eastern Shasta County. Containment of the Eiler Fire grew to 20%. The fire has burned 28,600 acres four miles southwest of Burney.

With the increase in humidity, crews are using this opportunity to strengthen control lines around the fire perimeter. Efforts are being made to render the evacuated community safe for re-population. CAL FIRE said a large dozer line has been established to protect the community of Burney. The dozer measures 60 feet wide and stretches 6 miles long.

The Bald Fire near the Shasta-Lassen County line was 30% contained Tuesday morning. It has burned 39,850 acres on Bald Mountain in Lassen National Forest near the Shasta-Lassen County line, about 8 miles south of Fall River Mills. Monday night, the Bald Fire burned less actively, spreading primarily to the south. The fire spotted across the containment line to the east. New containment lines were put in place around the spot over during the evening shift. Firefighters continue to keep the fire west of Little Valley. On Tuesday, state emergency management leaders will visit the areas affected by the fires. Emergency management leaders from the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), CAL FIRE and the California National Guard will travel to Shasta County.

The Shasta County Supervisors ratified Sheriff Tom Bosenko's proclamation of a local emergency, to allow the county access to state firefighting resources.

The Day Fire in Modoc County is 65% contained and has burned 13,047 acres.

The Coffee Fire in Trinity County is 10% contained, it has burned 4,487 acres. Cooler and moister conditions were seen during the night. Approximately 1/2" of rain fell over the fire area. A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms are predicted for Tuesday. Crews have worked to hold the southwest portion of the fire in the East Fork of Coffee Creek drainage. The crews fired out vegetation along the bottom of the drainage with the intent of increasing the width of the line. This created a buffer that protects the fire line from rolling materials and embers that can potentially carry fire across the drainage.

The Little Deer Fire in Siskiyou County is 60% contained and has burned 5,279 acres. Although there has been an increase in humidity over the last 24 hours, the fire remained very active with shifting wind conditions, single and group crowning and spotting. The fire continues to be plume driven. The threat of thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday may cause an increase in fire activity.

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