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Mill Creek 1 Fire: 1,500 acres burned, only 5% contained

The Mill Creek 1 Fire burning north of the Hoopa Indian Reservation has burned 1,500 acres and is only five percent contained, according to Great Basin Team 6's latest update on the incident.

The team's objective is to keep the fire east of Highway 96, west of the Hoopa Reservation boundary, north of Mill Creek and south of Deerhorn Creek. Responding agencies are in National Preparedness Level 5. As preparedness levels rise, more federal and state employees become available for fire mobilization if necessary, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Level 5 is the scale's highest level.

The fire has caused Highway 96 to be closed from Mill Creek to Bull Creek. Traffic is being redirected through Dowd Rd.

Great Basin Team 6's incident management team is comprised of several individuals working from several agencies working within the Great Basin from Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. Four fire crews consisting of eight fire engines, two dozers, one helicopter and 272 personnel are working in some capacity on this fire. Great Basin Team 6 assumed command of the fire today.

There will be a community meeting regarding the fire on Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. The location of that meeting has yet to be determined.

The Mill Creek 1 Fire started on Aug. 16 on Tribal lands near the town of Hoopa. The cause of the fire has been determined as arson, according to the Hoopa Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services. There is a $10,000 reward offered for information regarding the fire.

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