Crews battling Sugarbowl Fire; one-way traffic on Highway 96

U.S. Forest Service firefighters worked overnight battling the 10-acre Sugarbowl Fire in the Six Rivers National Forest near Hoopa, which is expected to be 100 percent contained by Sunday morning, according to Forest Service Public Information Officer Peggi Lawrence.

The fire was first reported at 3:50 a.m. on Friday just south of the Hoopa Valley Tribe Reservation and north of Sugar Bowl Ranch next to Highway 96. One Forest Service crewman received a minor injury, which Lawrence said is a risk for all the firefighters due to the steep terrain they are working on.

Currently four engines, three crews, two water tenders and two fallers are working at the scene. Several snags near the highway that remained after the 2001 Sugar Fire are now being removed for safety reasons, according to Lawrence.

"The helitanker was released, all people on the ground are in engines," she said.

Highway 96 north of Willow Creek and south of Hoopa was closed on Friday, but was opened to one-way traffic control this morning, according to Lawrence.

"Caltrans has opened up one lane with a pilot car because there is still debris and rocks falling on the roadway," Lawrence said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Lawrence said.

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