8 May 2008, 9:04am
California
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Colyear Fire

Location: 30 miles west of Red Bluff, Tehama Co., CA

Specific Location: Colyear Springs Rd. and Franklin Point

Date of Origin: May 6, 2023 8:45 pm

Current Situation 05/09/08
Total Personnel: 264+
Size: 1,331 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

CalFire outlook is for full containment today.

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Current Situation 05/08/08
Total Personnel: ~250
Size: 2,000 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Summary: from the Red Bluff Daily News [here]

A controlled burn started Saturday to clear brush and provide range improvement 35 miles west of Red Bluff near Red Bank and just east of Colyear Springs roads escaped sometime between Saturday and Tuesday, burning 1,057 acres as of Wednesday afternoon, said CalFire Public Information Officer Mickie Jackez.

“(The owner) was unable to control the burn because of high winds and steep terrain,” Jackez said.

The winds Wednesday, estimated at 10-15 mph with higher gusts, were a concern for firefighters. The remote location and steep terrain with heavy brush also played into controlling the fire.

The owner brought in six bulldozers and two water tenders in an effort to regain control. The fire was reported to CalFire at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. The agency put 235 personnel and two helicopters dropping water and fire retardant on the fire, Jackez said. Tehama County Fire Department and California Department of Corrections assisted.

There have been no injuries or structures damaged as of Wednesday and CalFire notified all owners of homes and cabins in the area except for one, which is unoccupied, Jackez said.

From 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, the fire went from 5 to 60 percent contained, Jackez said. Firefighters built a line around the fire to contain it for the night and continue to reinforce that line today.

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