Helena Fire Day 3: 6,812 acres burned, Highway 299 remains closed


HELENA, Calif. - The Helena Fire, burning in Trinity County, has burned 6,812 acres and is six percent contained.

There will be a public meeting Monday, September 3, at 3 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Weaverville.

Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for residents living in the area between Helena and Oregon Mountain Summit, including Canyon Creek Area.

An evacuation center has been established at the First Baptist Church in Weaverville, located at 1261 Main Street. The animal shelter has changed from Trinity High School to the Hayfork Fair Grounds at 7250 Highway 3, Hayfork, for all animals.

The Highway 299 closure is now from the Helena Bridge to Sky Ranch Road instead of Rifle Range Road.

72 homes and 61 outbuildings have been destroyed and four buildings and four outbuildings have been damaged.

Those who have been evacuated can call 530-623-8103 to have their contact information placed on a list so that they can later be notified by the Trinity County Sheriff's Office about any property damage.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Approximately 2,000 people have been evacuated due to the fire. The Trinity County Sheriff's Office and Governor Jerry Brown have declared a state of emergency for the Helena Fire.

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