California fire grows

The Red Rock fire in Northern California grew to about 1,200 acres Wednesday, and winds from the south brought smoke from the fire into the Rogue Valley.

The fire is burning in the Marble Mountain Wilderness on the Klamath National Forest, just south of the Siskiyou Mountains. Forest Service spokesman Tom Lavagnino said in a media release that the fire is about 65 percent contained.

Firefighters have dug containment lines beyond the burned area, and are now setting fire to the unburned area between their lines and the fire to consume burnable material and starve the flames.

Lavagnino said firefighters would continue their “burnout” work today if favorable weather conditions remain. He did not provide an estimated time of containment.

Little to no active fire activity occurred yesterday on the Harrington Fire, burning in the Siskiyou Wilderness, which is also on the Klamath National Forest. The fire remains at 165 acres, and crews are mopping up, moving farther into the interior and checking for hot spots. The fire is about 75 percent contained, Lavagnino said.

— Bill Kettler

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