YREKA, Calif. — As of Friday, the Oregon Gulch Fire was 50 percent contained, and the Little Deer Fire was 87 percent contained. With the fires less of a threat from earlier in the week, many of the 15 hundred personnel at the Yreka High School Fire Camp are being sent home or reassigned.
Fire agencies have responded to the areas from all over California for the last several days. Crews are getting a better handle on the situation, and Cal Fire officials are focused on giving the fire fighters a break.
“We just, on this incident, transitioned to a 12 hour operation. Prior to that we’d been running a 24 hour operation, so our folks had kind of been working longer hours because we were kind of short on resources with all the activity up here. What we’re doing now is getting those crews back into camp, [and] bedding them down, just in case they need to be sent to another incident,” said Cal Fire Public Information Officer Jeff LaRusso.
The Siskiyou County Emergency Operations Center has also transitioned to minimal staff. That team consists of several agency officials that help to coordinate the county’s resources.
Cal Fire officials expect to turn over all the fire fighting responsibilities for the Oregon Gulch and the Little Deer Fires to local units in the next 24 to 48 hours.