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Cooler Weather Expected To Help Firefighters In Trinity County

Containment lines are holding well for the Helena Fire in Trinity County, thanks in part to cooler temperatures and higher humidity over the weekend. A light rain fell overnight and that significantly slowed fire activity. There’s good news and bad news in the forecast. 20 mile an hour winds are expected to pick up along the ridgetops and that’ll force smoke into the low-lying areas, but a fairly wet system is expected to move in Tuesday night. Crews are still trying to protect homes within the fire zone as many residents remain evacuated. The 17,600 acre Helena Fire is being managed along with the 3500 acre Fork Fire, which is to the north in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Overall containment of the two fires is 55%. A forest closure is in effect for the area, and that includes deer hunters. One-way piloted traffic control continues on Highway 299, with delays of about a half hour.