Shasta/Lassen County Wildfire Update 8-6-09

A quick update of the fires around my neck of the woods.

A series of 40 fires burning in eastern Shasta County around Burney and Cassel grew overnight to more than 12,000 acres, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported today.

The SHU (Shasta-Trinity Unit) Lightning Complex has burned 12,704 acres since Sunday and is 20 percent contained.

Winds that picked up as a system moved through the area Wednesday night helped fan the complex.

“The weather in conjunction with the topography (steep terrain) moved our numbers (acreage) up,” Cal Fire spokeswoman Linda Galvan said.

The largest fire in the complex is the Goose, which nearly doubled overnight to 6,000 acres. The Cassel (4,100 acres) and Chalk (2,700 acres) fires didn’t grow overnight, while the 250-acre Backbone Fire near Ingot has been 100 percent contained, Cal Fire reported. The Goose Fire is 10 percent contained and the Chalk Fire is 30 percent contained.

Meanwhile, the 404-acre Gomez Fire near Glenburn is 100 percent contained and the 50-acre Cave Fire near Fall River Mills also is 100 percent contained.

There have been two minor injuries reported but no structures have burned. There are no current evacuations in effect.

Highway 44 five miles west of Highway 89 to Highway 36 remains closed this morning.

Highway 89 remains closed to all traffic except for residents between highways 44 and 299.

Meanwhile, the Hat Creek Complex of fires also grew overnight to 9,978 acres and is 20 percent contained.

Evacuations continue in Old Station and the Rancheria RV Park.

A combined 3,114 firefighters are battling the two complexes in eastern Shasta County and Lassen County.

Firefighters from across the state and as far south as Los Angeles and Riverside counties have come to the area to help.

Last evening I took this picture of the Chalk fire from my front yard. That’s not a thunder storm, it’s a fire storm making it’s own thunderheads. It is the opposite side of the picture that starts this Update.

It's not a thunder storm

It's not a thunder storm

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2 Responses

  1. Are you covered in smoke/ashes? That was a huge problem in the fires here….burning embers flying and starting fires well past the fire lines.

  2. The fires are all east of us with the wind for the most part keeping them going that way. But on the other hand, our office is directly on the other side of these fires and we are covered with ash/smoke there. And yesterday the power was out at the yard.

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