Crews Top 80% Containment On Delta Fire

The Delta firefight continues to go well, with full containment predicted for this Saturday. The size has not changed significantly, now at 60,277 acres with 81% containment. 17 homes have been lost. Monday afternoon a Sikorsky S-61 had it’s rotors strike a tree near the southern edge of the fire. The big helicopter was able to land safely at a nearby field next to I-5. The helicopter won’t be able to fly until it’s repaired. Firing operations are being done on indirect control lines to prevent any further spread and pockets of unburned vegetation continue to flare up inside the perimeter. Some dozer lines are being repaired to prevent future erosion and mop-up is moving deeper in from the containment lines. There are no restrictions on Interstate Five, though some side roads remain closed including Gibson and Sims. All mandatory evacuations have been lifted, though some roads are open only to residents. The forest closure remains in effect for much of the area, though the Pacific Crest Trail is open, as well as all the campgrounds along Gilman Road, and the McCloud Arm of the lake is open for boating. More than 2300 people are still working on the Delta and Hirz Fires, including 79 hand crews, 149 engine companies, 31 dozers and 15 helicopters.

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