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Containment of Tehama County, Calif., fire at 60 percent

by by Jake Hutchison, Red Bluff Daily News |

RED BLUFF, Calif. — The Sun Fire just east of Red Bluff was at 60 percent containment Tuesday.

Cal Fire Public Information Officer Kevin Colburn said all evacuations, including those on Hogsback Road, had been lifted as of Tuesday.

"We'll probably be out here another couple days," Colburn said.

The blaze is no longer progressing and has been held at 3,889 acres, though firefighters are still working on containment at the fire's north end.

Burnt areas on Hogsback Road south of Tuscan Springs as well as along State Route 36 E are considered fully contained, Colburn said.

There are still about 230 personnel fighting the fire, though many out-of-town employees were given the okay to return home Monday.

The rest of the containment work will consist of digging trenches in the hillside to keep burning debris from falling into hazard zones and chopping down hazardous trees.

Over the weekend, two area fires merged to create the large blaze east of Red Bluff. The fire grew rapidly due to heavy winds forcing it down toward the valley, temporarily closing State Highway 36E.

"There's still a lot of work to do but things are looking good," Colburn said.