Slater Fire grows to more than 136,000 acres, Highway 199 remains closed

DEL NORTE COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM) — The Slater Fire continues to burn up in Del Norte and Siskiyou counties and has grown to more than 135,000 acres.

The Slater Fire has grown to 136,310 acres. The Devil Fire, which was discovered Wednesday, has grown to 4,488 acres. Both fires are 0% contained. The cause of both fires is under investigation.

Crews are prioritizing structure protection in Happy Camp and to secure the Highway 199 corridor. They are also working to put line north of Seiad Valley and asses containment possibilities around the fire.

Reports from the field Thursday say no additional structures were lost, but 2 fatalities have been confirmed by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office near the Happy Camp area.

Highway 199 remains closed from O’Brien south almost to Gasquet. Evacuation orders remain in effect for Happy Camp and the Seiad Valley and warnings are still in place for Gasquet.