UPDATE: TENNANT, Calif-- More Evacuation Orders have been issued to areas near the Antelope Fire. The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office issued the new Evacuation Orders around 7:00 p.m. for the areas between Sharp Mountain, Wild Horse to Garner Butte; Long Prairie Road west to Three Sisters, and Three Sisters south to Garner Butte Tarmac area.
An Evacuation Order means that residents need to leave the area immediately.
TENNANT, Calif-- After several days of intense heat across Northern California, firefighters are working to get ahead of the anticipated fire growth for the Antelope Fire.
Fire crews say that they will do this by building a larger containment area around the active southwest and northeast sections of the fire which have been increasingly difficult.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, fire crews are planning to use established roads as containment lines to better manage the remaining resources on the fire.
However, there is decreased visibility in the area due to smoke which has halted the ability to use aviation resources, including helicopters and air tankers, to support suppression efforts around the fire.
On Saturday morning, firefighters said that to prevent westward movement, crews will be holding the fire within the road system in the West Haight Loop area between Blue Spring, Trapper Spring, and Filson Spring.
Sources have told NewsWatch 12 that firefighters have been using defensive burning to help protect structures in the Duck Lake area and continue to assess structures around the entire fire perimeter. Firefighters are also using masticators along existing roads on the southern fire perimeter near Stephen’s Butte to strengthen containment in this area.
In the northeast, crews are conducting defensive burn operations along Forest Road 77 to extend containment lines around Tamarack Flats and the southwestern side of Garner Mountain. Engines and water tenders are patrolling less active areas of the fire perimeter from Garner Mountain south to Typhoon Ridge and west toward Stephen’s Butte. While on patrol, firefighters are locating and eliminating any areas of residual heat that could threaten the control lines.
Currently the Antelope Fire has burned 50,342 acres and is 25% contained.