Shasta-Trinity National Forest orders closures due to Helena and Fork Fires

TRINITY COUNTY – The Helena Fire took on another 200 acres this weekend, but containment is inching forward.

Firefighters estimated 40% containment as of Friday, and that number is now up to 43%.

The Fork Fire, less than one mile away, stayed put in size at about 3,400 acres, but still without containment.

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest has put a forest closure in effect for impacted land, which also applies to hunters and will remain in effect “until the fires are declared out.”

For a list of those closures:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/CASHF/2017-08-30-2008-Helena-Fire/related_files/pict20170808-183422-0.pdf

If you’re trying to travel through the Helena Fire area on Highway 299, you can do so now at any time but expect delays.

The route is now open to continuous one-way controlled traffic between Junction City and Big Flat, but it could take up to 45 minutes to get through.

Monday, Helena and Fork Fire firefighters held a flag ceremony and pledge to commemorate 9/11, and were asked to take ten minutes out of their day to remember and reflect.