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Yuba River complex of fires is almost 60 percent contained

Dave Moller
Sun News Service

GRASS VALLEY ” The Yuba River Complex of wildfires is almost 60 percent contained after firefighters made significant headway on the high Sierra blazes over the weekend.

“The thunderstorms and dry lightning that were predicted for last night missed our area, which was a big plus, so the crews were able to make pretty good progress,” said fire information officer Terry McMahan late Sunday afternoon.

“No structures have been lost and we’ve had some minor injuries, but no work-lost injuries,” McMahan said.

There is no estimate of full containment, according to Brenda Brown, another information officer on the complex.

A health alert remains in effect because of fire smoke through tonight and residents should avoid outdoor activities, according to the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District in Grass Valley.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento predicted thunderstorms and dry lightning for the higher elevations of the Sierra again tonight, with a slight chance of them again Thursday. Those strikes could produce more fires like those currently burning all over Northern California.

Smoky conditions are also expected to last through Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The high ozone and particulate matter from the fires have caused the area’s worst recorded air quality in the 15 years the air district has been keeping records, according to employee Joe Fish.

According to the Tahoe National Forest, the 1,500-acre Fall Fire near Bowman Lake is 60 percent contained, the 1,150-acre Scotchman Fire near the town of Washington is 53 percent contained and the 371-acre Celina Fire near Graniteville is 75 percent contained.

The news was not as good on the American River Complex of fires in Placer County, which were only 10 percent contained.

There was no containment on the 2,200-acre Government Fire and only 10 percent on the Westville Fire, both of which are just east of Blue Canyon.

Smoky conditions were also being caused by the Canyon Complex of fires in Plumas County, which was at 9,200 acres with only 5 percent containment.