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Progress being made on Yuba Complex fires

Dave Moller
Sun News Service

GRASS VALLEY ” Progress was the word Thursday as firefighters held the 2,680-acre Yuba River Complex of fires in Nevada and Sierra counties, according Tahoe National Forest officials.

Some 628 firefighters now are battling the blazes, up from 300 earlier in the week.

“The weather has been very cooperative from a firefighting standpoint,” said Ann Westling of the Tahoe National Forest. “The fire behavior has slowed and allowed firefighters to do good work on the (fire) lines, but there is a potential for additional storms and lightning this weekend.”

Firefighters on the complex have managed to contain 40 percent of the 900-acre Scotchman Fire that once threatened the town of Washington and 87 percent of the 180-acre 25 Fire near Camptonville.

Still going strong on the complex last night was the 1,300-acre Fall Fire near Bowman Lake, which was only 12 percent contained, and the Celina Fire near Graniteville, which had grown to 300 acres and had zero containment.

The firefighters are from local municipalities, as well as Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, North Dakota, Montana and Idaho.

“There’s been an increase in sprained knees and ankles,” Westling said. “They’re working in very, very steep conditions.”

The Bowman Lake Road off Highway 20 near the Fall Fire is closed to all but the local residents. The Washington Road is closed to all but residents, property owners and people with campground reservations.

On the American River Complex in Placer County, the 1,000-acre Government Fire and the 50-acre Westville Fire were not contained at all and contributing to the overall air quality problem.