A series of thunderstorms ignited four small wildfires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest this week, with one growing to reach 15 acres near Shasta Lake.
The Brock Fire has now reached 20 percent containment as crews worked through the night to control the flames on the east end of Shasta Lake near Brock Mountain northeast of Jones Valley. While the fire pales in comparison to the major fires that have burned through the area in recent years, it marks a sign of the beginning of fire season, one that could be difficult in 2020.
A chance for more thunderstorms is in the forecast for next weekend. Fire managers closely monitor these storms and aerial reconnaissance flights will often be used to determine if lightning fires have sparked and fire managers will discuss their potential growth activity to develop appropriate response activity.
The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is working in close coordination with partner agencies to coordinate firefighting resources in support of aggressive initial attack. The Forest is prioritizing the use of local suppression resources with the predominant strategy being rapid containment of wildfires.
As a reminder, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has enacted fire restrictions to protect the health and safety of employees and communities until further notice. Outside of developed campgrounds and certain permitted facilities and areas, igniting, building, maintaining or using a fire on national forests in California will be prohibited. Forest Service officials are taking this necessary step to ensure that firefighters are available to safely respond and manage incidents. 95 percent of all wildfires in California are human caused. More information on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest fire restriction order #14-20-04 is available at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/stnf/forestorders.
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