Crews inch toward containment of Elk Complex fires

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. — Crews now have built 62 miles of fire line to corral the lightning-sparked Elk Complex fires.

Of the 30 fires in the complex, 25 now are contained, including the Little Grider fire that burned closest to town. Crews wrapped up three days of backfires to remove fuel inside the fire line on the Little Grider fire on Tuesday, Forest Service officials reported this morning.

The entire complex is considered 34 percent contained. Crews have built 27 miles of fire line with dozers and created another 35 miles by hand and by clearing brush along existing roads, officials said.

Line construction and fuel removal continues on the Wingate, Titus and King Creek 2 fires.

The 3,054-acre King Creek 2 fire is 25 percent contained. The 1,182-acre Wingate fire is 8 percent contained.

The 2,043-acre Titus fire is 5 percent contained, but a recommended evacuation for homeowners and closure for campers and miners remain in place.

The 1,144-acre Elk fire is 96 percent contained, with lines built on the fire’s northern and eastern sides. The Hummingbird fire inside the Marble Mountain Wilderness remains about 80 acres with no containment lines in place.

— Anita Burke

Share This Story