A massive California wildfire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes and claimed eight lives has been fully contained.
State fire officials said Thursday that the Carr Fire is surrounded. However, firefighters will continue to patrol the area for several days and crews are still working on repairing broken fences and other damage caused by firefighters.
The blaze charred nearly 360 square miles in and around Redding, making it the seventh largest wildfire in California history.
The Carr Fire destroyed more than 1,000 homes and left eight people dead, including three firefighters, after it started July 23.
The number of personnel assigned to the fire is down to 456. Still assigned to the fire are 11 engines, 31 water tenders, five hand crews and 48 bulldozers.
The nearby Hirz Fire has grown to 34,776 acres and is 35 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
Full containment on the Hirz Fire, which was 10 miles southeast of Dunsmuir and 16 miles southwest of McCloud, is expected on Sept. 9.
In a statement released Thursday morning by Cal Fire, it said firefighters secured and strengthened control lines overnight on the human-caused Hirz Fire through a series of continued firing operations on the northern and western sides of the fire.
Crews also connected several control lines in the northwest corner of the fire and all constructed lines continue to hold
Due to steep and rugged terrain, crews have using these types of suppression methods to burn vegetation between established control lines and the main fire, firefighters said.
“The fire line around a majority of the southern and eastern flanks of the fire remain
intact and firefighters have ensured the integrity of the containment line through patrols,” Cal Fire said in its statement.
Firefighters said an inversion layer over the fire area was expected to lift by mid-day, allowing helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to help firefighters on the ground.
Another base was put into operation Thursday, which firefighters say will more efficiently help helicopters drop fire retardant.
Firefighters will also be working to strengthen and improve control lines through continued firing operations along the western side of the fire
Hirz Fire resources:
- Total fire personnel: 2,397
- Fire Engines: 132
- Fire crews: 64
- Helicopters: 13
- Dozers: 37