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Fire updates

The Eiler Fire, Lassen National Forest, started 6:04 p.m. Thursday, July 31 and is now 45 percent contained. It has burned 32,416 acres seven residences, 12 outbuildings and two commercial buildings. Deployment of 44 fire crews (1,893 total personnel), 210 fire engines, 20 bulldozers and nine helicopters to fight this fire. The cause of the Eiler Fire is still under investigation

It is currently burning around the Hat Creek community; containment is expected Wednesday, Aug. 20.

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Eiler, Bald and Day fires update: Highways reopened, Forest closure remains in fire-affected areas

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 — As a further sign of progress on fires in Northeastern California, Eiler Fire officials have reopened highways 89, 299 and 44 with no restrictions.

However, a Forest closure order has been put in place within fire-affected areas to ensure public safety. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Old Station at the junction of Highway 89 and 44, north to the forest boundary at Cassel Road. All other roads and trails within the closure are closed, including trails in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness.

Other areas of the Forest remain open for recreation, such as camping and hiking — for example Big Pine Campground on the Hat Creek Ranger District.

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Cal Fire community meeting tonight

Cal Fire Incident Management Team 5 will be hosting a meeting on the Eiler Fire at 7 p.m. tonight Wednesday, Aug. 6 at Mountain View Continuation High School Gym, 20375 Tamarack Ave., in Burney.

Representatives from the Bald and Day fires will also be present.

The meeting will cover updates on the incident and be a chance to ask questions.

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Cooler temperatures help with fire containment

Wednesday, Aug. 6 — With lower temperatures and higher humidity, firefighters are making substantial gains and containment lines around the Day Fire in Modoc County.

The lightning caused fire is 75 percent contained and it has burned 13,047 acres.

The blaze has destroyed six structures.

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Little Valley evacuations lifted, dry conditions fueled fire

Tuesday, Aug. 5 — A fire line has been held on the Bald Fire and evacuations for Little Valley residents have been lifted.

According to Eric Ewing, office of emergency services chief, the lightning-caused fire started July 30 in Shasta County and then burned into Lassen County. It is just under 40,000 acres.

“It progressed rapidly toward the east and the northeast through that time period,” Ewing said.

He explained the progression of the wind is to blow northeast, which it did for one day but Ewing said the wind then blew south moving the fire closer to Little Valley. Evacuations remained in place through early afternoon Tuesday, Aug. 5 due to one unchecked piece that hadn’t been able to have a line hold on it.

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