TRINITY COUNTY, Calif. - The Helena Fire and the Fork Fire burning in Trinity County have burned a combined 21,124 acres and they are 53 percent contained.
Officials have determined the Helena Fire was human caused and the Fork Fire was caused by lightning.
As of Wednesday night, moderate backing fire was observed across the fire area, with continued rollout of burning material on steeper slopes. Firefighters continued to build direct handline along Conner Creek on the southwest side of the fire and working on the Eagle Ranch contingency line and 33N45 Rd.
On the east side of the fire, crews continue working to connect direct firelines from West Weaver Creek to the Weaver Bally Ridge and Glennison Gap. To the north, the fire made a short uphill run near Rarick Gulch.
In the Junction Creek area, hose and equipment is being removed from areas where it is no longer needed.
On the Fork Fire, the fire is slowly backing down the slope into the Canyon Creek drainage. The east portion of the Fork Fire below Bally Ridge has been contained.
Officials said the fire situation remains dynamic and residents are urged to monitor fire information on Inciweb, social media, and on bulletin boards.
Traffic on Highway 299 will be conducted by one way continuous escort from mile post 38.35 west to mile post 42.0 east. Officials are estimating 20-40 minutes to travel through the area depending on traffic volume.
The Canyon Creek Road (Co. Road 401) reopened at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday and all other county roads affected by the Helena Fire remain open.
A distribution center for tolls (shovels and rakes) for residents impacted by the fire will open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, at Nugget Lane and Glenn Road near the four-way stop in Weaverville.