Shasta/Lassen Wildfire Upate 8-5-09

The series of fires burning in eastern Shasta County around Burney and Cassel are expected to be contained by Saturday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said today.

Dubbed the SHU (Shasta-Trinity Unit) Lightning complex, the 40 fires have burned 7,678 acres since Sunday.

Containment means there’s a line around the fire to the point that it’s not expected to grow any larger.

“It’s basically safe, it won’t cause a problem,” Cal Fire spokesman Mike Witesman said. “We still have people on the fire, cooling it down and putting out the hot spots.”

The three largest fires in the complex are the Cassel (2,800 acres), Goose (2,000 acres), and Chalk (2,200 acres). There are no evacuations in effect at this time.

Meanwhile, the Hat Creek Complex of fires nearly doubled overnight, going from 4,606 to 8,558 acres today, Cal Fire said. The lightning-sparked fires are burning in the Hat Creek and Old Station areas in eastern Shasta County and Lassen County.

The largest of the series of fires is the Sugarloaf near Old Station, which has grown from 2,678 acres to more than 6,600 acres. About 300 residents near the Sugarloaf fire are without power, Cal Fire said.

At least one outbuilding has been destroyed by the Hat Creek Complex of fires and one firefighter has suffered a minor injury, Cal Fire reported this afternoon.

Evacuation advisories remain in effect this morning for Old Station and the Rancheria RV Park in Hat Creek on Black Angus Lane, according to Cal Fire. Approximately 130 residences are threatened.

Containment of the Hat Creek Complex is expected by Aug. 17, said Jeff Fontana, spokesman for the Susanville Interagency Fire Center.

Highway 44 west of Highway 89 in Shasta County to the Highway 36 junction in Lassen County reopened today. Highway 89 from highways 44 to 299 also is closed.

The road between Cassel and Chaffey Roads is closed, and north of Chaffey Road is only open to residents.

Courtesy of The Record Searchlight

Don’t bet on the Goose or Chalk fires being contained by Saturday. Thunder storms are already starting new fires west of Redding as I type this. The wind and dry lightening heading this way do not look encouraging.

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3 Responses

  1. Going to have to evacuate?

  2. Thankfully the T-storms didn’t make it across the valley. We got much cooler temps lots of clouds and some drizzle but no wind to speak of and no lightning. Actually it feels like an autumn day around here with the smoke in the air. Life is good, right now.

  3. And I should add, with all of the fires (43 separate fires) there has only been one outbuilding lost. And that could have been some old shack out in a pasture…they haven’t said.

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