Hirz Fire Thursday, September 6: 75 percent contained, 46,150 acres burned

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

Crews continue to strengthen and hold control lines around the 46,150 acre Hirz Fire.

Officials said the fire is 75 percent contained and several islands of vegetation within the perimeter started burning Wednesday.

One of those islands is near the fire line, close to Green Mountain, but a hotshot crew was able to access it and cut a control line around it, ensuring that is does not compromise the containment line.

The northeast corner of the fire along Squaw Valley Creek remains a priority according to the U.S. Forest Service. Firefighters are working to further secure the line while the fire continues to back slowly into the established lines.

Officials said in order to provide public safety during the fight of the Hirz Fire, Shasta-Trinity National Forest lands, roads, and trails around the fire perimeter have been closed.

On August 31, the closure was expanded, and some recreation sites are temporarily inaccessible, for example the Pacific Crest Trail between Castle Crags State Park and Ash Camp, the Cabin Creek Trailhead, and the Girard Ridge Lookout.

The McCloud River Arm of Shasta Lake remains closed to boat access north of Holiday Harbor and the Shasta Caverns Ferry.

Recreation sites closed due to the Hirz Fire are Hirz Bay, Moore Creek, Pine Point, Ellery Creek, Dekkas Rock, and McCloud Bridge.

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