By Will Farris
Concerns for a predicted increase in local winds at 2 p.m. today, caused a type 2 fire team to set up on Grays Flat in Twain. Normally a team of this size would not be formed for a fire that, so far, has only involved 117 acres, but history has prompted a number of precautions. A red flag warning is in place until 11 p.m. Saturday.
There are five helicopters working the fire along with three dozers. Firefighters are constructing fireline on the active fire’s edge and will continue work on contingency lines. Structure protection is in place along the highway. Hot Shot crews have climbed the treacherous terrain to reach the top and right flank of this fire.
Highway 70 is open, but the Pacific Crest Trail between Belden and Highway 36 remains closed. The music festival planned this weekend in Belden is proceeding as scheduled thus far.