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Stone Fire in Modoc County grows to 23,221 acres, 12 percent contained

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

Update at 9:45 p.m.:

The Stone Fire is at 23,221 acres and is 12 percent contained.

Tuesday, crews completed work on County Road 85 and mopped up behind the structures. On the western edge, the fire continued towards the Happy Camp Lookout, which was wrapped and prepared last night. Defensive firing was used to secure the lookout. A dozer line was constructed from County Road 85 along the power line corridor, following the private property boundary to the Ranger Station and tying in to the 60 road. On the northwest edge, the fire was moderately active in the Washington Creek drainage. Crews mopped up and patrolled containment lines along Highway 139. Crews made good progress mopping up and securing lines along Highway 299. Due to the heavy smoke inversion, aircraft couldn’t be used on the fire today.

Tonight, firefighters will continue to prepare the southwestern edge of the firing to secure the line. They will also scout opportunities for additional line construction. Crews will initiate strategic firing operations, bringing the fire north on 42N07 Road to the 42N60 Road. On the southeast edge of the fire, crews will patrol and mop up, scouting for spot fires.

Motorists should expect quickly changing conditions on Highway 299 and on roads within the fire area.Piloted traffic and temporary closures can be expected as the fire bumps the road. The most updated conditions are available from Caltrans at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or by calling 1-800-GAS-ROAD.

Update at 7:30 p.m.:

The Stone Fire has burned 22,610 acres and is now 10 percent contained.

Moderate fire behavior Monday allowed firefighters to make significant progress around the fire perimeter, bringing containment to 10 percent. Firefighters were able to complete direct dozer lines around the fire that crossed County Road 85 and also finished prepping portions of County Road 85. Aircraft supported ground crews in their efforts on the northern edge of the fire where increased fire activity occurred this afternoon. Mop up and containment lines were strengthened on the northeast edge of the fire.

Tonight, crews will work to improve and hold the lines constructed along Highway 299 down to County Road 84. Strategic firing operations will be done along Highway 299 to provide a buffer and keep the fire west of the highway. Crews will continue to prep and secure County Road 85 west to County Road 91. Structure defense continues and crews will scout the perimeter of the fire for areas to establish control lines.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for County Road 214 and County Road 215.

Mandatory evacuations and road closures are still in effect for County Road 84 and County Road 85.

Highway 299 is open to piloted traffic control. Highway 139 north and south is open and can be used as an alternate route to County Road 91 back to Highway 299.

Original Article:

The Stone Fire, which started 10 miles west-southwest of Canby and 15 miles northwest of Adin, has burned 22,610 acres and is 0 percent contained.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire remained active Sunday night and fire crews and dozers made great progress along the fire edge to control the fire spread and provide structure defense.

Containment lines were strengthened on the northeast section of the fire and the dozer line above Highway 299 is holding. North winds pushed the fire towards Highway 299 south of Highway 139 but the fire was held on the west side of the highway.

Officials said the fire was very active in the southeast section, where a small portion of the fire crossed County Road 85.

Direct and indirect dozer lines were established on the east and west side of the fire. Dozer and hand crews built line to the Pit River and continued to prep County Road 85 to the west.

Monday, crews will work to improve and hold lines constructed along Highway 299 and County Road 85 to County Road 91. Structure defense continues to be a priority and assessment around the northern perimeter of the fire will be done to check for areas to establish control lines.

Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for the west side of Highway 139 from Ambrose to Canby north of Highway 299 including County Roads 214 and 215.

County Road 84, west of Highway 299, County Road 85, and east of the fire's edge, and the north side of Highway 299 between County Roads 84 and 85.

A road closure is in place on Highway 299, 10.7 miles east of Adin to the northwest junction of Highway 139 in Candby.

There is also a road closure in place on County Road 84 from Bushy Ranch to Canby to County Road 85.

Highway 299 is open to piloted traffic control. Highway 139 north and south is open and can be used as an alternate route to County Road 91 back to Highway 299.

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