Helena Fire resources help battle new spot fires in Trinity County

Courtesy: Shasta-Trinity National Forest

REDDING, Calif. - Lightning from Tuesday's thunderstorms caused nine small fires in the Shasta Trinity National Forest, some near the Helena Fire burning near Junction City.

Fire Management Officer for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Ben Newburn, said the Helena Fire is the number one priority right now but stations throughout the forest were manned for any new starts.

The largest of the nine fires is the Buck Fire, burning 50 acres near the Black Rock Mountain lookout north of the Yolla Bolly Wilderness area. The smallest of the nine fires is less than an acre.

Newburn said they were expecting more rain Tuesday night then was measured but remained fully staffed and ready for new flare ups.

Once the storms moved out, air resources from the Helena Fire were shared for the initial attack. Firefighters were also borrowed to help ground crews during shift changes.

"Arial reconnaissance flights started first thing this morning, as soon as daylight broke, looking for those fires, looking for new fires that we hadn't detected yet. We have helicopters up doing bucket work, dropping water on fires and also using them to shuttle firefighters into remote areas," said Newburn.

This is the fourth round of lightning caused fires on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest for 2017, burning a total of 43 acres. Right now Newburn estimates around 85 to 100 personnel are being used to fight these fires.

Of the nine fires, two of them is fully contained, four are in patrol status and the remainder are currently active.

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