Kerlin Fire 95 percent contained, burns only 2 additional acres overnight

The U.S. Forest Service nearly has full control over the Kerlin Fire burning in Trinity County west of Hyampom, as firefighters say the blaze is 95 percent contained as of Thursday morning.

Containment is up 18 percent from Wednesday and burned only an additional two acres during that period. The fire has burned a total of 1,750 acres since it was first reported as a vegetation fire on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The Kerlin Fire was zero percent contained up until the morning of Saturday, Sept. 8. Each day since then, containment has jumped by at least 17 percent, according to containment numbers released by the U.S. Forest Service.

The U.S. Forest Service says most of yesterday's work on the fire consisted of close patrol of fire lines, suppression repair and mop up of burned areas. Relatively cool and humid conditions over the next few days, along with light winds blowing over the fire, are expected to help firefighters in their continued efforts to get the flames contained.

NorCal Team 2 will transfer command of the Kerlin Fire to a Type 3 Shasta-Trinity National Forest organization at 6 a.m. on Friday.

All evacuation orders issued due to the Kerlin Fire were lifted as of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The Forest Service also says the blaze is no longer affecting Highway 299 or the Hyampom Road between Hayfork and Hyampom.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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