Crews Battle Northern California Wildfire

By Steven Sandberg

FORT JONES, Calif. — The first major wildfire in our area for this season is currently torching a hillside in northern California.

While crews are still working to keep the blaze contained, we have learned the structures previously threatened are safe again as of Friday morning.

CALFIRE officials say the fire began in the hills near McAdams Creek Road in Fort Jones, California around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. It quickly began spreading up the hills.

The fire is at 192 acres and is 30% contained. Thursday night, about 8 homes were threatened, but that danger was gone by Friday morning. Still, residents are dealing with other issues related to the flames. Firefighters say the smoke will continue to cause air quality problems in Fort Jones and advise residents to keep windows shut.

Fire crews still have one chopper working, 10 engines, 6 hand crews, 2 dozers and 3 water tenders. They are hoping for full containment by 6 p.m. Friday night.