(Updated 12:30 p.m.) The Battle Continues Against Miriam Fire
The Miriam fire near Clear Lake continues to grow as firefighters battle flames and the heat of the day. The fire is now 9 percent contained at 1948 acres.
Officials from the State Department of Natural Resources say they're now fighting the flames of a new fire. The fire in the Goat Rocks Wilderness southwest of Shoe Lake, was detected Wednesday afternoon, likely as a result of the lightning that came through last weekend. The ‘Clear Fork Fire’ is on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be managed by the Miriam Fire. Aviation resources plan to check its growth using water from helicopters or retardant drops.
More slow progress against the Miriam fire burning near Clear Lake. The fire is now at 1350 acres with 9 percent containment up from 8 percent on Tuesday. Hundreds of firefighters have been working the fire for more than a week but they're getting help. 13 Australian firefighters began working on the fire as task force leaders, safety officers and specialists in heavy equipment operation and structure protection. Officials say the experienced firefighters will provide a welcome boost to the current firefighting efforts. no structures have burned. All evacuation notices remain in place.
Going to Rimrock lake? Be advised that the shoreline on the west, south and peninsula areas of Rimrock Lake is closed to public access until further notice. Shore access is still available along the north shore. The South Fork Bay campground and group camp are still open, but within the Level 2 (Get Set) evacuation area that surrounds Rimrock Lake.