Delta Fire Tuesday, September 11: Containment grows to 11%, 53,837 acres burned

Photo taken on September 5 by the U.S. Forest Service

Update as of 9:00 p.m. Tuesday September 11

Containment on the Delta Fire has increased to 11 percent. It has increased by 526 acres, to 53,837. There are currently 2,280 personnel working on the fire.

Update as of 6:53 p.m. Tuesday September 11

There was increased activity on the Delta Fire during the day on Tuesday.

According to the Delta Fire Public Information Officer, the increased fire activity was nothing of concern, and occurred because of the high winds previously forecasted.

The flare-up of the fire happened at the southern end of the line where the Delta and Hirz fires meet.

Original article

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Delta Fire, which started on Wednesday, September 5, remains at five percent contained and has now burned 53,311 acres. A 3,437 acre increase since Monday night.

Caltrans District 2 announced Monday morning that I-5 had been reopened with restrictions. Read about those restrictions here.

Monday, crews continued to aggressively fight the fire. Growth occurred primarily in the evening and overnight in the northeast/southeast areas of the fire.

Activity on the northwestern edge slowed as the fire reached rocky terrain and limited fuels.

Officials said in the north, firefighters continued efforts to minimize impacts on I-5 with burning operations south of Hazel Creek Road and in the Sims Flat area.

Work on dozer lines along Middle Ridge progressed to strengthen this contingency line for the northern edge of the fire.

On the southern edges, ground and aerial operations were successful in stopping the forward progress of the fire in the Fenders Ferry and Dog Creek areas.

Firefighters completed structure protection by directing fire around structures in the Dog Creek area. Crews continued efforts building firelines directly on the fire's edge as well as further south in the southwest area near Damnation Peak.

Officials said wind is expected to affect the fire area Tuesday and Wednesday. A red flag warning is in effect from 1:00 p.m. Tuesday to 8:00 a.m. Wednesday for shifting and stronger winds.

Gusts could reach up to 25 miles per hour. Fire activity is likely to increase, with winds descending below ridge tops.

Crews will pay close attention to drainage's on the southeast and southern areas of the fire. Topographic features and terrain in these areas could lead to growth in the south/southeast directions.

Tuesday, firefighters will focus on primary control lines and structure defense at the north and south edges below Hazel Creek and Sims Flat and above Dog Creek and Fenders Ferry Roads.

Crews are continuing to work on contingency lines in both area. These lines provide alternatives in case stronger, shifting increase in fire activity.

Aircraft will continue to work primarily on the western edge of the fire to strengthen control lines and limit growth toward the Trinity Lake area. Hand crews are also working to improve direct lines and completing contingency lines in this area.

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