Firefighters have contained the wildfire that burned through 41,983 acres northeast of Covelo, one month after lightning ignited the Mendocino National Forest blaze, Cal Fire officials said Monday.

Crews secured a last link late Sunday in the line surrounding the still-smouldering North Pass Fire, said Kelly Wood, an incident spokesman who traveled from Arizona to aid the firefight.

Firefighters will continue patrolling the forest for several days, bolstering damaged roads and looking for hot spots, Wood said.

However by week's end most crews will return home and the U.S. Forest Service will manage any further fire concerns.

Eight residences were destroyed in the fire, which started Aug. 18, although Wood said he didn't know if the buildings were full-time or seasonal homes.

The fire also destroyed 18 outbuildings, from wood sheds to outhouses. Cal Fire reported 11 injuries.

Heavy smoke still hung through swaths of the forest as the fire smoldering in stumps and other debris continued to burn itself out.

Access to certain areas of the forest remained limited.

Any visitors to the forest can find additional information on road closures and closed areas at or by calling the Mendocino National Forest at (530) 934-3316, the Covelo District Office (707) 983-6118, or the Stonyford Work Center at (530) 963-3128.