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:

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.

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