Red flag warning over Eel Fire

Contact(s): Punky Moore

COVELO, Calif. — A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the Eel Fire area until 11 p.m. Saturday creating critical fire weather conditions for firefighters on the incident. Saturday, firefighters will continue to reinforce and cool the fireline with helicopter water drops, hoses extended from engines, and shovel work. When firefighters need to hike into areas that are difficult to access, they will carry their own water with them in 40-pound water carriers called “bladder bags”.  

For safety reasons, tree fallers will be taking down “snags,” or dead trees, especially on the north end of the fire.  A portion of the Eel Fire is in the fire scar of the 2012 North Pass Fire. “Snags from the North Pass Fire make it more challenging for firefighters to mop up and cool hot spots,” said Incident Commander Dale Shippelhoute.

A half-acre fire that escaped containment lines Friday was stopped and lined. The Eel Fire is 40 percent contained and 972 acres. There are 175 personnel assigned to the incident.

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