California wildfires: Eiler Fire claims 8 homes; Bald Fire 91 percent contained

Tracy Porter, of Paradise, Calif., uses an axe to fragment a burning tree damaged by the Eiler Fire on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in the Lassen National Park near Hat Creek, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Tracy Porter, of Paradise, Calif., uses an axe to fragment a burning tree damaged by the Eiler Fire on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in the Lassen National Park near Hat Creek, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

A number of wildfires continued to burn across Northern California on Thursday, though firefighters had managed to bring at least two of them nearer containment.

The Eiler Fire burning in Shasta County, which has so far destroyed eight homes and one commercial building, has burned 31,722 acres and is 40 percent contained, CalFire spokesman Bennet Milloy told KPCC.

“We are expecting full containment by August 20,” Milloy said.

So far, five minor injuries have been reported.

All evacuations and road closures have been lifted, but the Hat Creek Ranger District in the Lassen National Forest remains closed. The cause of the fire is still unknown. 

Fire Tracker: Eiler Fire in  Shasta County 

Meanwhile, firefighters continued to battle a cluster of lightning-sparked fires in Siskiyou County now being referred to as the July Complex Fire.

A storm passing through the area on July 29 carried little moisture, and over 955 lightning strikes were recorded. The storm resulted in 26 fires.

As of Thursday morning they had collectively burned 8,144 acres and were 13 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Depending on weather conditions, fire officials said a burning operation is scheduled to take place Thursday night.

"We have a burning operation plan tonight in the northeast side of the fire to eliminated some fuels between the dozer lines and current fire perimeter," Bob Summerfield, an interagency spokesperson, told KPCC. 

Fire Tracker: July Complex Fire in Siskiyou County

The Bald Fire in Shasta County, which was started on July 30, was 91 percent contained and has burned 39,926 acres. No structures have been destroyed, according to officials, and there haven't been any injuries.

The fire was ignited by a lightning storm.

“Things are still incredibly dry,” U.S. Forest Service spokesman Jim Mackensen told KPCC. “We had a little bit of rain, which helped us out, but it’s getting hot and dry here again and things are still ready to burn. This little rain we had did not really dampen down the fire danger.”

Officials project that the fire will be contained by either Saturday or Sunday.

Evacuations have been lifted, but the Hat Creek Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest remains closed.

Fire Tracker: Bald Fire in Shasta County

Firefighters, meanwhile, have increased containment to 85 percent on the French Fire, which has burned 13,835 acres in Madera County.

Fire Tracker: French Fire in Madera County

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