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1,000-acre fire scorching Trinity Alps Wilderness

A 1,000-acre fire in the Trinity Alps Wilderness is burning in timber and brush, according to the latest update from California fire officials.

Crews have been able to establish 5 percent containment on the blaze, known as the Coffee fire.  

Trail closures are pending, and the public is advised not to travel the Forest Service access roads 38N22 and 38N27 to the Stoddard Lake Trailhead off of County Route 3 due to the threat of wildfire to overtake the area.

It is strongly recommended that the public avoid the East Fork of the Coffee Creek, Granite Creek and the North Fork Coffee Creek trail systems.

Predicted weather for the fire area calls for near triple-digit temperatures, southeast winds gusting at eight miles per hour and fuel moistures critically low. Resources are actively constructing line to prohibit the fire from impacting additional resources and wilderness.

Two smaller fires are also burning in the Trinity Alps, the Rays fire and the Poison fire.

The Rays fire is burning in a previous fire scar in brush, downed timber and snags, with active fire behavior and a moderate rate of spread. The 25-acre fire is reported to be 15 percent contained. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest will transfer the command of the Rays fire to the Klamath National Forest due to its proximity to the forest boundary and other active fires on the neighboring forest. Approximately 44 personnel are staffing this fire.

The Poison fire, located near Deadman’s Peak, is estimated at 6 acres and is burning in timber and brush. About 24 personnel are staffing the fire.