Graham Fire **UPDATE- Crews Work Aggressively with Hot and Windy Weekend Weather Forecast



From Lassen National Forest

Susanville, CA (June 10, 2022) — A wildfire was reported Thursday evening around 6:30 p.m. in the Ishi
Wilderness of Lassen National Forest. The fire is located north of Cohasset, CA, in the Graham Pinery area near
Wildcat Creek. As of this morning the fire is estimated to be between 50 to 75 acres and continues to burn in
heavy timber and steep terrain.

“We are using a full suppression strategy to try and contain the fire as quickly as possible,” said William Miller,
Lassen’s Chief Forest Fire Management Officer. “The Forest dispatched Smokejumpers out of Redding, CA, to
assist with the initial attack. We have received clearance for use of chainsaws and repellant drops in the
wilderness area.”

Due to Ishi’s wilderness status, mechanical equipment is normally not allowed within its boundaries. Special
permission is needed to use chainsaws and to fly in retardant and Smokejumpers. Multiple resources from
CalFire and the Forest Service are on scene under the command of Battalion Chief, Robert Rice, of the Almanor
Ranger District. The fire is currently lead by a Lassen Incident Command Team (ICT) and will transition to a
Type II ICT in a few days.

Retardant was dropped Thursday evening before dark. Smokejumpers have been working on containment
overnight as conditions and safety allow. Nighttime firefighting is inherently dangerous, especially in extremely
steep terrain and dense fuels.

Weather forecasts through Saturday show a pattern of hot and dry weather conditions with winds up to 20
miles per hour. Sunday has a 50% chance of thundershowers with winds up to 24 miles per hour. With this
forecast in mind, crews are aggressively fighting this fire.

Currently, no buildings are under threat and there are no closures or. If travelling through Cohasset and
Campbellville, expect to see smoke and have some delays as equipment is moved through the area.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Follow us on Facebook @LassenNF and Twitter @LassenNF
for the latest updates on the #GrahamFire.



10AM Friday June 10th:

The Graham Fire is burning in the Lassen National Forest in Tehama County. The fire was near 40 acres as of yesterday evening. An update on containment is expected soon.

It is located in the Ishi Wilderness, just outside of Deer Creek and the communities of Los Molinos and Cohasset.

No evacuations are ordered, the Lassen National Forest reported smoke jumpers and initial attack teams have been deployed.

We will keep you updated as information becomes available.


Photo credit: The Fire Integrated Real Time Intelligence System (FIRIS)