Thursday, September 10, 2020

Elkhorn, Hopkins, Vinegar Peak and Willow Basin Fire Now Part of Elkhorn Fire

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 2:57 PM

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The Six Rivers National Forest Service announced that the Elkhorn, Hopkins, Vinegar Peak and Willow Basin Fires have merged and now are a part of the
Elkhorn Fire.

According to the release, the Elkhorn Fire is burning on the Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests and the increase in acreage and the reduction in percent contained are the result of the consolidation of all fires merging into one.

Fire crews worked last night to secure the line on the northern perimeter along the 35 Road (Shasta-Trinity National Forest). On the west and northwest perimeter of the fire (Six Rivers National Forest), crews continue to provide protection for structures in the Ruth area.

"The goal is to try and push the fire north towards Horse Ridge and Soldier Basin, keeping it out of the valley. The east perimeter of the fire is in mop-up and patrol status. Today, while the weather has stabilized, we will continue to experience active fire behavior due to low relative humidity, steep terrain and very dry conditions in the forest," reads the release.

Evacuation orders are in effect for areas south of Highway 36 in Bridgeville, and all communities along Alderpoint Road down to the Mendocino/Trinity County line, while Evacuation Warnings are for areas west of Bell Springs Road to Highway 101 spanning from Alderpoint Road to the Mendocino/Trinity County line (including Garberville), Alderpoint, Palo Verde, Island Mountain and Harris.

Read the full press release below. 
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