Northern California Fire Update: 7-8-08


Motion fire near Shasta Dam.

LATEST FIRE INFORMATION – UPDATED TUESDAY JULY 8 AT 8:10AM HIGHWAY INFO-

Highway 32 (Lassen National Forest)is closed due to fire danger from 13 miles East of Forest Ranch to the Highway 36 Junction. Further closures in the Lassen Forest are now in place. Click here for further closures

Highway 70 IS CLOSED FROM 11.8 MI WEST OF THE BUTTE/PLUMAS CO LINE TO THE JCT OF SR 89 /THE GREENVILLE WYE/ (PLUMAS CO)

SHASTA COUNTY INCIDENTS:

Evacuations were announced this morning for residents in Ono near the Moon Fire and residents near the sounthern edge of the Motion Fire. An evacuation center has been set up at the Shasta Learning Center on Eureka Way in Redding.

53,877 acres burned with 65% containment. 1560 fire personnel working on the blazes.

Motion Fire – 8,208 acres, 50% containment – Evacuations are on Iron Mountain Road north of Rock Creek Road.

Moon Fire – 17,098, 60% contained – Evacuations are along Rainbow Lake road and it’s side streets, including Buell Road and Rector Creek Road.

Deerlick Fire – 12,701 50% contained

Burnouts will most likely not occur today due to extremely hot and dry conditions. Mandatory evacuations still in place for a few homes in the Iron Mountain area. Rock Creek Rd and Iron Mtn Rd is open to residents only.

SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST

Iron Complex – 16 fires, 27,377 acres burned, 50% containment.

Lime Complex – 70 Fires, burned 44,774 acres, 60% containment, with 1017 fire personnel

Alps Complex – 11 fires, 792 acres, 75% containment. 79 fire personnel working the complex

LASSEN COUNTY:

The Cub Complex southwest of Chester has burned 10,518 acres, is 75% contained with 951 fire personnel.

WHISKEYTOWN NATIONAL PARK:

Whiskeytown Fires – 4,800 acres, 50% containment. Total of 448 firefighters/staff. Continuing to monitor fires and make sure containment continues. Many services and resources at the park may not be available due to the park being used as a staging area for firefighters. Please be cautious and aware of fire crews, equipment, and movement.

BUTTE COUNTY: 30,000 acres – 55% overall containment.

BUTTE COUNTY INFORMATION

Other Info:

Public Health Departments urge residents to limit outdoor activity because of wildfire smoke. For questions regarding masks or the need of them, please contact your local health department or your private physician.

Shasta County Fire information can be obtained by calling 225-2510.

To donate food, water and money to the Redding Red Cross, call 244-8000.

For the latest in depth information on the Lime and Iron Complex Fires, call 226-2368.

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5 Responses

  1. Since the PDO slipped into a cool phase and California is going to be in a prolonged drought, I’d say CA is gonna be in deep you know what soon.

    Guess it will get rid of those pesky tree huggers if there aren’t any trees to hug on account of they all burst into flame…

  2. They may end up doing what Arizona did to folks that live outside the city limits (at least, that’s what they did when I lived there in the early 90s), and that’s say “Okay, you live outside the city limits? We don’t respond to fires outside the city limits. That’s your problem.”

  3. Naw, every year is “the worst” we’ve ever seen. California burns every year, drought or not. CalFire is the California Department of Forestry, they don’t go into the city.

    This time we’ll get to log those burned trees before they rot.
    9th circuit gets one right

  4. At Watts Up With That, the story said prior to the 1880s 4.5 MILLION acres of California burned every year, and the mountains were invisible.

    I know about those invisible mountains because I flew in and out of Orange County visiting friends in the 70s when I was in high school.

  5. Yeah, I lived in that area for the first 12 years of my life. I really thought there were only about a dozen or so stars in the sky until my first trip to to the desert.

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