Shasta Fire

Updated: 9/11/2018 1:54:49 AM
All evacuation orders in Napa County for the Snell Fire have been lifted, authorities said Monday, and about 180 homes are no longer threatened.
Fire and law enforcement officials lifted evacuation orders at 11 a.m. Monday for Berryessa Estates, Snell Valley Road and the west side of Berryessa-Knoxville Road from the Pope Creek Bridge to the Napa-Lake county line.
The Berryessa Estates homes are no longer considered in danger from the flames, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials, but residents were asked to remain alert and be prepared to evacuate.

An extended stretch of Interstate 5 in Shasta County has reopened with restrictions after five days of closure caused by the raging Delta Fire, which has ignited big rigs and cars, injured at least one person and consumed more than 49,000 acres as of Monday evening, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 9/10/2018 4:36:37 AM
The Delta Fire burning in Shasta County has grown to over 40,000 acres after forcing the closure of a nearly 50-mile stretch of I-5. The fire is five percent contained.
Flames are on both sides of Interstate 5, forcing the closure of a nearly 50-mile stretch.
It has destroyed thousands of trees - some 20 meters tall - that could fall onto the roadway, said Denise Yergenson, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.
"There is lots of damage, lots of emergency personnel. It's just not a safe situation," she said.
Source: DORRIS

Published Saturday, September 8, 2018

Delta Fire began 3.2 km north of Lakehead in Shasta County, California on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Forest Service classified the cause as 'human.'

The fire has since rapidly grown to 8 900 hectares and is 0% contained as of Friday morning, September 7. There are 1 224 firefighters on the scene.

Numerous structures are threatened, and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has issued mandatory evacuations for residents along the Interstate 5 corridor from exit 707 at Vollmers north to exit 714 at Gibson.

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation notice for residents of East Fork Road to Ramshorn Road east to Shasta-Trinity County line. There will be a hard road closure at East Side and East Fork Road for non-residents. There is an Evacuation Advisory only from the East Fork/East Side Road junction west to Highway 3 northward to Ramshorn Road.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation warning for all residents of Dunsmuir.

An evacuation shelter has been established at Mount Shasta Community Center, 629 Alder Street, Mount Shasta.

The fire is burning in the same parched region of California where the Carr Fire burned 92 936 ha of land earlier this summer, destroyed more than 1 000 homes and killed 8 people.

At least three homes have been damaged or destroyed so far, and several more are under threat, the Los Angeles Times reports. About 300 people have evacuated along the 5 from La Moine to the Shasta-Siskiyou county line, said Delta Fire spokesman Capt. Brandon Vaccaro.

Officials closed parts of Interstate 5 in both directions on September 7. When the fire started, law enforcement officers were diverting hundreds of cars and trucks to the La Moine exit to turn around, but the blaze started advancing rapidly toward that once-safe location, said Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Foster of the California Highway Patrol’s Mount Shasta office.

Officers had to send cars and trucks through a 3.6 m gap in the center median designed for emergency vehicles. Remarkably, they were able to get most vehicles turned around and away from the flames, he told the Los Angeles Times.

Officials expect the fire to continue growing to the north and northwest, driven by fuels and topography. As the inversion lifts around midday Friday and south-southwest ridgetop winds develop, smoke should begin to clear and potential for more active fire behavior exists. Where fuels, wind speed/direction and topography align fire may exhibit short crown runs and short-range spotting.

Fire activity will increase over the next 24 hours as a dry cold front approaches from the northwest with increased south-west winds producing gusts of 10 to 16 mph during the evening. Areas in alignment with gusty winds may exhibit short crown runs.
Source: DORRIS

Shasta Fire Facts

Power: 0
Affected Area: 200 km.
Alert Level: Red
Category: Fire
Response: Evacuate
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

Evacuated: 300

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