Crews increase containment on 'Corral Complex' wildfire; 'Butler', 'Salmon Complex' continue to burn
Fire crews have doubled containment percentages for the Corral Complex wildfire east of Hoopa, now at just under 11,800 acres and 18% containment.
Friday crews said higher humidity and cooler temperatures have allowed them to nearly complete the final stages of some indirect lines on the south and west sides of the fire.
They should be finished in the next 48 hours. They say Labor Day tourism should not have an effect on their fire suppression operations, but that there have been a few snags.
"It's located in really steep, rugged terrain,” said Hoopa Tribe Incident Commander Rod Mendes, “Very difficult to get to. Both the U.S. Forest Service and the Hoopa tribe have been working in unified command to put a line around the fire and get control over it. It's been a difficult job thus far and it's going to be a difficult job for some time."
The Butler fire burning near Somes Bar has now burned over 21,000 acres and is still 45% contained. Full containment is estimated for September 15th.
The Salmon River Complex Fire, burning west of Sawyers Bar is still being mopped-up. Crews estimate full containment Friday, but still report just 95% containment. It has burned almost fifteen thousand acres.
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