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UPDATE: Lassen County Wildfire Growth Checked, Containment Increasing

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The Badger Fires burns north of Yreka Sunday afternoon, July 19.

Crews have stopped the growth of the Gold fire and the Hog fire in Lassen County.

UPDATE: Tuesday, July 28, 9:15 a.m. ...

Fire crews are holding the Gold fire in Lassen County at 2,870 acres. The fire is now at 65 percent containment.

A brief break in hot, dry, windy weather is expected today and firefighters will take advantage of the opportunity to aggressively improve fire lines and extinguish burning material within the fire perimeter. Gusty afternoon winds and dry conditions are still a possibility in the afternoon hours, building through the week. The incident continues to burn in areas that include private residences as well as ranch and commercial operations. Several cultural and sensitive resources remain threatened.

Evacuation orders and warnings, as well as road closures, remain in effect.

Meanwhile Hog fire in Lassen county is being held at 9,545 acres. It is now up to 69 percent containment.

All evacuation orders have been lifted and SR-36 and SR- 44 are now open for through traffic.

The Badger fire north of Yreka in Siskiyou County is now 99 percent contained.

The Platina fire west of Redding in Shasta County is 100 percent contained.

UPDATE: Monday, July 27, 6:00 a.m. ...

The Gold fire in Lassen County continues to grow, even as containment increases. As of Sunday evening, the fire had burned 21, 870 acres and was 50 percent contained.

Five structures have been damaged by the fire and 13 have been destroyed. There have been two injuries.

Some evacuation orders have been downgraded or lifted entirely.

The Hog fire — the other large Lassen County fire burning since earlier last week — has been held at 9,545 acres and as of Sunday evening was 55 percent contained.

There was minimal fire activity Sunday on the Hog Fire. The favorable weather conditions helped firefighters reinforce and hold containment lines.

Fire Suppression Repair Teams continue to assess the affected areas and refine their repair plans. Damage inspection is complete and only two structures were destroyed.

Both SR-36 and SR- 44 are now open for through traffic, however, flames and smoke from the fire’s interior may be visible as you travel. As residents are allowed to return to their homes, officials ask the public to please drive carefully as emergency personnel are still working throughout the fire area.

The Badger fire north of Yreka remains at 557 acres and is 95 percent contained.

The Platina fire west of Redding remains at 340 acres and is 99 percent contained.

UPDATE: Friday, July 24, 6:00 a.m. ...

The Gold fire in Lassen County grew by only 200 acres Thursday, as
crews continued to construct and reinforce fire containment lines. Fire intensity increased during the afternoon and additional evacuation orders and warnings were issued.

As of Thursday evening, the Gold fire had burned 14,700 acres and was 35 percent contained.

The Hog fire — the other large Lassen County fire burning since earlier this week — has been held at 9,517 acres and is now 35 percent contained.

Firefighters continue to strengthen control lines, provide structure defense and engage in tactical patrol. Today, warming and drying conditions may increase the risk of fire activity from smoldering areas. Potential still exists for spots to become established outside of the control lines. Damage Assessment teams continue assess the affected areas.

As some residents are allowed to return to their homes, fire officials ask the public to drive carefully as emergency vehicles are still working throughout the fire area.

The Badger fire in Siskiyou Coounty north of Yreka continues to hold at 557 acres. It's now 70 percent contained.

The Platina fire in Shasta County west of Redding is at 95 percent containment, and holding at 340 acres burned. Officials say firefighters will continue to mop up and patrol, and fire suppression repair is ongoing.

UPDATE: Thurs. July 23, 5:00 a.m. ...

Additional crews and engines from around California were assigned to the Gold fire south of Adin in Lassen County Wednesday today and aggressively attacked the fire.

The fire is burning in areas with private residences, ranches and commercial operations including agriculture, livestock and timber. There are cultural resources that are threatened. The Willow Creek Campground is threatened.

Red Flag weather conditions fueled the Gold fire, which grew from 8,500 to 14,500 acres. Containment increased from 5 to 10 percent by Wednesday evening.

Evacuation Orders (*Immediate threat to life and property): All residents along Hwy 139 from Susanville Rd. (A-2) south to Termo Grasshopper Rd.

  1. Areas south of Ash Valley Rd. west of Spooner Rd., east of Hwy 139, and north of Termo Grasshopper Rd.
  2. Areas west of Hwy 139, south of Haydenhill Rd., east of Anderson Ranch Rd/Dixie Valley Rd and north of Long Flat Road.

Evacuation Warnings: (*Potential threat to life and property within 2 hours): Ash Valley Rd. at US-395 west to Spooner Rd., south on Spooner Rd. to Hwy 139 and east on Hwy 139 to Termo Grasshopper Rd. to US-395.

  1. Areas west of Hwy 139 from Terom Grasshopper Rd. south Gleghorn Rd. and east of Slate Creek Rd.
  2. Area south Susanville Rd. (A-2) from Hwy 139 west to US Forest Service Rd. 54/McClelland Rd. and north of Hayden Hill Rd.

Road Closures: Hwy 139 is closed at Susanville Rd. (A-2) south to Termo Grasshopper. There is a hard closure of Butte Creek Rd.

The growth of the Hog fire near Susanville in Lassen County has slowed and containment has dramatically increased. As of Wednesday night, the fire had burned 9,517 acres and was 23 percent contained.

All road closures and evacuation orders remain in place.

The growth of the Badger fire in Siskiyou County, north of Yreka, has been stopped at 557 acres, and containment has increased from 45 to 55 percent as of Wednesday evening. All evacuation orders have been lifted.

The Platina fire southwest of Redding in Shasta County remains at 340 acres and is now 75 percent contained.

UPDATE: Weds. July 22, 6:15 a.m. ...

Firefighters continue to work aggressively to build containment lines around the Hog fire west of Susanville in Lassen County. The fire has been revised down to 9,420 acres, due to to improved mapping. Still, the fire remained active throughout the day Tuesday and is still approximately 5 miles from Susanville. It is 9 percent contained.

A Red Flag warning — meaning hot, dry, windy weather that increases fire danger — has been extended into Wednesday.

The community of Lake Forest Estates and North and South side of Highway 36 from A-1 to Willard Creek Road is still under an evacuation order.

Road Closures: Highway 44 from the Highway 36 and 44 juncture to A-21. Highway 36 from Highway 44 and 36 juncture to Westwood. County Road A-1 is closed from Gallatin Road Highway 36.

The Gold fire has been burning since Monday near Highway 139 and County Road A-2, south of Adin in Lassen County. As of Tuesday evening the fire had burned 8.500 ares and was 5 percent contained.

A number of evacuation orders and warnings have been issued in the area. An evacuation center has been established at Lassen Community College. (478-200 Highway 139, Susanville)

Highway 139 has been closed at Susanville Road (A-2), at Termo Grasshopper Road and at Butte Creek Road.

Meanwhile, the Badger fire north of Yreka in Siskiyou County has been slowly growing and was at 557 acres and 45 percent containment Tuesday evening. The community of Hawkinsville remains under evacuation orders.

The Platina fire southwest of Redding in Shasta County is at 340 acres and is up to 65 percent containment as of Wednesday morning. Cooler temperatures and decreased fire activity overnight helped firefighters increase and strengthen containment lines.

UPDATE: Tues, July 21, 5:20 a.m. ...
Cal Fire SKU Unit reports the Badger fire grew to 490 acres by Monday night, as containment increased to 30 per cent. All Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings, but remain in effect. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Platina fire southwest of Redding n Shasta County grew to 340 acres yesterday, as containment increased to 30 precent. Daytime activity was primarily on the north and west sides of the fire.

The Hog fire west of Susanville in Lassen County continues to grow, ending Monday at 12,188 acres. The fire is still at 0 percent containment. According to CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc Unit, the fire is burning heavy timber five miles away from Susanville. Evacuations remain in place for residents in the Lake Forest Estates and north and south of HWY 36 from A-1 to Willard Creek Rd.

UPDATE: Mon. July 20, 5:30 p.m. ...

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest reports that the Gibson fire has been 100 percent contained at 35 acres. The fire had closed the highway north of Pollard Flat on Sunday evening. All traffic lanes of Interstate 5 are open.

The Hog Fire in Lassen County west of Susanville has grown to 2,800 acres and is still at 0 percent containment. Road closures remain in place for Highway 44 from Highway 36 to Highway 89 and from Highway 36 between Mooney Road (A-21) and Eagle Lake Road (A-1).

There are no updates available for the Platina and Badger fires at this time.

ORIGINAL POST: Mon. July 20, 6:00 a.m. ...
The Badger fire is actively burning north of Yreka. As of last night, the fire had burned about 450 acres and was 15 percent contained.

There is an evacuation order in place for the community of Hawkinsville. A Red Cross Evacuation Shelter has been set up at the Jackson Street Elementary School in Yreka.

In Shasta County, the Gibson fire forced the temporary closure of Interstate 5 north of the Pollard Flat area Sunday evening. The latest estimates are that the fire has burned 20 acres and is 50 percent contained. I-5 remains reduced to one lane in that area.

The Platina fire southwest of Redding in the area of Platina Road and Big Foot Road was at 150 acres last night and was 10 percent contained.

The Hog fire is burning near the Hog Flat Reservoir west of Susanville in Lassen County. As of last night it had burned more than 5,200 acres and was at 0 percent containment.