'Likely' Fire 100% Contained, Hunters Asked to Stay Out of Burn Areas

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RENO, Nev. -- The so-called Likely Fire is now 100% contained and should be controlled on or by Friday, September 21st. Many of the restrictions in and near the burn area have been lifted, but now that hunting season has begun, fire officials are cautioning hunters to stay out of the burn areas for their own safety.

Crews from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Alturas office are taking over final control and mop-up of the fire. A Southern California Incident Management team had been in charge of the firefighting efforts until today.

The Likely Fire burned an estimated 9,838 acres, near the California town of Likely, which is about 85 miles north of Susanville and 18 miles south of Alturas. Most of the damaged landscape is east of highway 395 in the BLM Tule Mountain Wilderness Study Area.

The fire burned mostly sagebrush and junipers in livestock grazing fields and deer, pronghorn and sage-grouse habitat. It started Wednesday, Sept. 5, when a fire in a motorhome along Highway 395 spread to nearby brush and trees.