WEED, Calif. — The Tennant Fire in Siskiyou County is now 100 percent contained after burning 10,580 acres, fire officials announced on Monday. The news reflects exceptional progress made on multiple fires in the area, as fire crews start to wrap up their efforts on fires that once threatened entire communities.
Fire crews are staying around the Tennant Fire to continue patrols, mop up hot spots, and conduct suppression repair in the area for the near future. The Incident Management Team plans to transfer command back to local resources on Tuesday.
"As the Tennant Fire demonstrated, fuels in and around the Klamath National Forest are critically dry and highly receptive to new fire starts. All it takes is one small spark in the current conditions to start a wildfire, and it is early in the fire season," officials said.
Meanwhile, fire crews are also buttoning up their efforts on the much larger Lava Fire, with full containment anticipated by the end of the day. Officials say that neither aerial or ground reconnaissance have spotted evidence of fire growth or spotting as crews continue to patrol the fire's perimeter.
"Mop up is nearly complete except for the inaccessible upper slopes and firefighters are prepared to conduct suppression if needed," the incident management team said in a statement. "Repair work has begun on the dirt roads and evaluations are underway on bridges, culverts and other key infrastructure. The fire organization is now considering rehabilitation activities in the fire area."
The Lava Fire currently covers 26,162 acres and is considered 77 percent contained.
Not far from the Lava Fire stands the Bradley Fire, which was first reported on Sunday and started to grow quickly. Despite its relatively rapid spread, officials say that incident managers from the Lava Fire acted quickly and attacked the fire with their full range of resources — giving the fire nowhere to go within the space of a few hours.
As of Monday, the Bradley Fire was estimated at 357 acres with 90 percent containment.
On the southern side of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the Salt Fire has been halted at 12,650 acres with 85 percent containment. Firefighters there are monitoring containment lines and conducting suppression and repair efforts.