The Helena Fire has grown by about 4,000 acres since Tuesday, but it’s now 30% contained. 72 homes have been destroyed by the Helena Fire, along with 61 outbuildings, according to the Forest Service and Cal-Fire. The fire started near the Trinity County ghost town of Helena a week ago. It’s burning on both sides of the Trinity River and both sides of Highway 299. It’s also crossed into the Trinity Alps Wilderness and is expected to merge with the 1700 acre Fork Fire to the north. The Forest Service says their top priority is keeping the fire north of Junction City and away from Weaverville. Around 2000 people have been evacuated from homes between Helena and the Oregon Mountain Summit, including all of Junction City. The fire has burned almost 15,000 acres with 30% containment. Almost 1500 people are battling the blaze. An assistance center at the Mountain Chapel Church on Oak Ridge Road in Weaverville will provide a variety of information and help to Helena Fire victims Wednesday from 8AM to 7PM.