Fire scorches six acres

By Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate September 21, 2012 05:00 pm

Gasqeut Mtn. blaze reported Tue. morning

A fire burned six acres on Gasquet Mountain on Tuesday.

It was reported to the U.S. Forest Service by Gasquet residents around 9:30 a.m.

It took about two hours to extinguish the flames, and the remains were still smoldering Tuesday afternoon, said Mike Frederick, Smith River division chief of Six Rivers National Forest.

“The fire had a low rate of spread just because it was so early and we had the fog overhead,” said Frederick.

A helicopter was called in to drop retardant and water on the flames. No residences were at risk, Frederick said.

The Forest Service is asking residents to not use the top portion of Gasquet Mountain Road in the next few days.

It’s suspected to be a human-caused fire, but official investigative results will likely not be ready for a couple of weeks, Frederick said.

“Hunters need to observe the no-fire restrictions, which will still be in effect until we get moisture,” said Frederick.

The Smith River Hot Shots, Gasquet Fire Protection District and Calfire assisted in the firefighting.

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