HAPPY CAMP, Calif. — Firefighters from multiple agencies are working to contain another spring wildfire, this one a few miles southeast of Happy Camp within the Klamath National Forest.
The U.S. Forest Service said that its firefighters responded to a fire in the Elk Creek area, about seven miles southeast of Happy Camp, on Sunday afternoon. They were joined by a helicopter and fire crew from CalFire.
Officials said that rugged terrain and "numerous" snags left over from previous fires have made the work challenging for firefighters. As of Monday morning, the Elk Fire had grown to roughly 50 acres.
There are now two fire crews, five engines, and a dozer working on the fire, with more resources requested. Crews are working to construct fire lines, remove hazardous snags, and instill hose lays. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
"Please remember to be careful with all potential ignition sources this spring. Recent warm temperatures and windy conditions have dried out fuels considerably, making the risk of wildfire occurrence higher than what is normally seen this time of year," USFS said. "Remember, only YOU can prevent wildfires."