Environment & Science

Happy Camp Complex Fire: 15 percent contained, evacuations continue

The Happy Camp Complex is made up of two fires sparked by lightning storms on August 11 that have since merged.
The Happy Camp Complex is made up of two fires sparked by lightning storms on August 11 that have since merged.
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The Happy Camp Complex Fire in Northern California near the Oregon border has charred 66,335 acres and is 15 percent contained Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

Highway 96 remains open but drivers should expect delays from the intersection of Highway 96 and Scott River Road to Walker Creek Road.

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for the following areas, according to Cal Fire:

A fire weather watch is in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening due to strong winds and low humidity for the Happy Camp Complex area, Cal Fire advised.

A Seiad community meeting is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. to inform the public about current fire information. The meeting will be held at Seiad Valley Fire Station at 44601 Highway 96 in Seiad Valley.

The Happy Camp Complex Fire--a combination of the Frying Pan Fire and Faulkstein Fire--is part of 17 blazes sparked in the Happy Camp Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest by lightning strikes from an Aug. 11 thunderstorm. All but three of the fires are fully contained.