Early last week, the Delta Fire was all but fully contained when it unexpectedly surged, dropping containment numbers and reinvigorating the nearly-monthlong battle with the 63,293 acre fire. With wet weather rolling through western Shasta County this weekend, firefighters were greeted with a gift from the sky.
Nearly an inch of rain fell on the Delta Fire this weekend, hopefully accelerating the date of full containment, which is expected for this coming Friday, October 5. Last Friday, a new Delta Fire spot fire had caused new mandatory evacuation orders for homes on the Trinity County line.
Now, the evacuations have been lifted and although the new muddy terrain following the rain will slow suppression efforts, the rain may have done much of the work for firefighters.
Morning Quick Stats for the #DeltaFire Monday October 1, 2018
928 Resources Assigned
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— Shasta-Trinity NF (@ShastaTrinityNF) October 1, 2018
While the rains will calm through the early days this week, precipitation is predicted to return on Thursday, one day before full containment is predicted. Officials predict the fire area will continue to smolder until snow hits the region.
The cost to fight the Delta Fire has reportedly reached $52 million.