TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. — According to the Lassen National Forest Service, the Graham Fire has burned 153 acres of the Ishi Wilderness and is 15% contained as of 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Crews are looking to achieve near-full containment around noon on June 17, according to the Incident Information System.

Since the Graham Fire began at 6:39 p.m. on Thursday in the Ishi Wilderness it has grown from 39 acres to about 100 acres on Saturday, according to Lassen National Forest Service.

On Saturday there were 300 firefighters and equipment working this fire located in extremely rugged terrain.

Of those 300 firefighters there are:

  • 10 smokejumpers
  • 5 interagency Hotshot Crews
  • 2 Type 2 Initial Attack Crews
  • 1 Wildland Fire Module
  • 1 Fire Suppression Module
  • 13 Type 3 Engines
  • 1 Type 2 Dozer
  • Multiple Overhead Leadership personnel
  • 5 Type 2 Medium Helicopters
  • 1 Type 1 Heavy Helicopter
  • Numerous Type 1 and Type 2 Air Tankers for Retardant Drops across the fire

According to Lassen National Forest Service, crews worked overnight to create hardlines near Wildcat Creek and the fire perimeter is holding north of the Wildcat Drainage and below the ridge top.

On Friday, The Graham Fire had burned 50 to 75 acres of the Ishi Wilderness in Tehama County, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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

Retardant was dropped overnight and smokejumpers have been working on containing the fire since Thursday night, according to USDA.

Fire crews are working aggressively to contain the fire as wind up to 24 miles per hour and thunderstorms are forecasted for Sunday, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This is an ongoing incident. More information will be provided when it becomes available.