Helena Fire: Evacuation orders lifted south of Highway 299


WEAVERVILLE, Calif. - The Helena Fire, which has burned 16,876 acres in Trinity County and is 30 percent contained. Some of the evacuation orders have been lifted.

The Trinity County Sheriff's Office and the Office of Emergency Services has lifted the evacuation orders on the south side of Highway 299 within the evacuation zone for residents only. Officials said that residents can reenter the area starting at 12 p.m., in cycles of 20 cars every 15 minutes.

People returning home are encouraged to be aware of the continued fire suppression operations in the area, and the dangers associated with increased traffic. All other evacuation orders remain in effect, including the Canyon Creek area.

The following roads remain closed: Canyon Creek Road, Upper Road, Lower Road, Valdor Road, and Powerhouse Road. The Sheriff's office will continue to patrol the area, and Trinity County has established road blocks that prevent people from entering the evacuated areas.

Highway 299 will be open Thursday for through traffic at 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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