A small fire burned about 1.5 acres of trees and brush near Gasquet Sunday.

According to Gasquet Fire Chief Nick Karanopoulos, personnel responded to the fire about 10:40 a.m.

He said the area was about three miles up Gasquet Mountain Road, in an area surrounded on three by dirt roads, which helped control the spread.

Gasquet Fire Department sent a water tender and the Gasquet Forest Service station sent a fire engine.

Karanopoulos said an air tanker and helicopter were ordered, but canceled, since the fire was about only 1.5 acres in size.

Fire personnel were able to stop the fire on the ground and returned to the stations about 4:30 p.m., according to Karanopoulos.

The cause of the fire is yet undetermined and anyone with information should contact the USFS Gasquet station at 707-457-3131.

Meanwhile fires around northern California continue to burn, but containment numbers on the largest two seem to indicate an end may be in sight.

According to CAL FIRE, the Carr Fire, which as destroyed over 1,000 structures near Redding and has scorched 229,651 acres, is 88 percent contained as on Monday.

The Mendocino Complex Fire, which has burned almost 400,000 acres, was considered to be 76 percent contained, as of Monday, according to US Forest Service statistics.

However, the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District says smoke from other fires may impact the coast in the coming week.

“Air quality along the coast will continue to have minor smoke impacts from the Natchez and Southern Oregon fires as smoke moves south along the coast,” According to a NCUAQMD report Monday. “Smoke concentrations could increase along the coast this evening through tomorrow. Smoke from the Mendocino Complex is expected to come northward into the inland drainages overnight and into the morning hours. The Mill Creek Ridge Fire will continue to have significant impacts to air quality in Hoopa, Orleans, and Weitchpec.”

According to the report, unhealthy air condition warnings have been issued for Hoopa, Orleans, and Weitchpec.

Children and older adults, as well as sensitive persons with asthma, heart disease and respiratory illness should avoid prolonged outdoor activity.

“Even healthy adults can

be affected by smoke. Seek medical help if you have symptoms that worsen or become severe, the report states. “If you can see, taste, or feel smoke, contact your local health department and/or primary healthcare provider. This is especially important if you have health concerns, are elderly, are pregnant, or have a child in your care.”

For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329). For information on how to limit smoke exposure, go to www.ncuaqmd.org

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