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    THIS WEEK IN THE NORTH STATE...

    FRIDAY NIGHT EILER FIRE UPDATE


    WEDNESDAY NIGHT EILER FIRE UPDATE


    LITTLE FIRE, DAY FIRE CONTAINED

    Firefighters have contained both the Day Fire and the Little Fire on the Modoc National Forest. The Little Fire, at 101 acres, is located approximately 20 miles west of Canby, Calif. and was reported by the Timber Mountain Lookout around 3 p.m. Tuesday. The Modoc Interagency Communications Center quickly dispatched several engines, dozers, crews, helicopters and air tankers to the lightning-caused fire and firefighters worked late into the evening to reach containment. About 50 personnel remain assigned to the incident to reinforce fire lines and mop up. Tuesday, there were ten confirmed fires on the Modoc including the Little Fire. The rest were located on the Devil’s Garden and Warner Mountain ranger districts and were contained at less than one acre each. Yesterday’s thunderstorms produced significant lightning and gusty winds across northeastern Calif. while precipitation amounts varied widely. Remote Automatic Weather Stations (RAWS) around the forest recorded anywhere from one-quarter inch to zero precipitation over the last 24 hours. The forecast shows strong, gusty winds from 25-40 mph this afternoon. Modoc fire managers say there is a potential for “holdover” fires to emerge as temperatures and winds increase. Holdover fires can remain dormant for a day or two before flaring up. Drier and warmer conditions are forecast for the next four to six days with a brief respite from thunderstorms.

    LIGHTNING SPARKS NEW FIRES ON THE MODOC

    Another round of lightning sparked approximately 12 new fires on the Modoc National Forest as of 4 p.m. Tuesday. The main incident is called the Little Fire, estimated at 50 acres, about 20 miles west of Canby on the Doublehead Ranger District. Firefighters are on scene and more resources have been dispatched including dozers, engines, crews, helicopters and air tankers. The other fires are scattered across the Devil’s Garden and Warner Mountain ranger districts and are generally less than one acre each. Various resources are working to contain these incidents.

    TUESDAY NIGHT EILER FIRE UPDATE


    While Redding City Fire Department sustained a burned fire engine after it stalled in the Eiler Fire Aug. 1, 2014, the losses were higher in late August 1987 when 118 fires were burning in the Intermountain area. Some 100 firefighters were battling a 4,000-acre lightning-caused fire 20 miles north of Bieber in the Modoc National Forest on Sunday, Aug. 30, 1987. Called the Crank Fire, the blaze began about 2 p.m. and trapped three fire engines, other equipment and 30 firefighters from Adin and the Intermountain Conservation Camp in Bieber. Eighteen of the firefighters were taken to hospitals in Alturas and Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills and two were transferred to the burn unit in Chico. Injuries ranged from smoke inhalation to first and second degree burns.


    MONDAY EILER FIRE UPDATE – 55% CONTAINED, 32,416 ACRES

    MONDAY DAY FIRE UPDATE – 94% CONTAINED, 13,153 ACRES


    BURNEY MOUNTAIN ADVISORY

    There are many hot spots and flare-ups within the fire perimeter in the area of Burney Mountain. These are visible from the surrounding communities, including Burney, Hat Creek and Old Station, especially at night. Firefighters are aware of these events and are taking action as they occur. The Eiler Fire Information Line is available for current fire status. EILER FIRE INFORMATION LINE: (530) 225-2510
    SUNDAY BALD FIRE UPDATE – 95% CONTAINED, 39,926 ACRES

    SUNDAY EILER FIRE UPDATE – 45% CONTAINED, 32,416 ACRES

    SUNDAY DAY FIRE UPDATE – 94% CONTAINED, 13,153 ACRES


    LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST OPEN FOR BUSINESS READ MORE
    SATURDAY BALD FIRE UPDATE – 95% CONTAINED

    SATURDAY EILER FIRE UPDATE – 45% CONTAINED

    SATURDAY DAY FIRE UPDATE – 92% CONTAINED


    FIRE WEATHER WATCH BEGINS SUNDAY

    FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING FOR THUNDERSTORMS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 213... 214, ZONE 213 EASTERN PORTION OF SHASTA/TRINITY NF...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 214 BURNEY BASIN AND NORTHEAST PLATEAU IN SHASTA COUNTY INCLUDING NORTHWEST LASSEN NF NORTH OF LASSEN NP...SUNDAY AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY EVENING. * THUNDERSTORMS...SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS. * OUTFLOW WINDS...GUSTY WINDS TO 30 MPH POSSIBLE. * IMPACTS...POTENTIAL FOR LIGHTNING INDUCED FIRES... A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE RED FLAG WARNINGS.
    FRIDAY 9AM UPDATE EILER FIRE UPDATE – 45% CONTAINED

    FRIDAY UPDATE DAY FIRE UPDATE – 92% CONTAINED


    THURSDAY MORNING EILER FIRE UPDATE

    EILER MAP

    3 FIRES MAP


    WEDNESDAY NOON UPDATE – ALL THREE FIRES TOTAL 84,058 ACRES

    The Eiler Fire is now 35 percent contained, up from 20 percent in the past 24 hours. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Erich Schwab describes how the Tuesday rain and Wednesday morning fog aided firefighters in their attempts at corralling the fire that has grown to 31,085 acres. The fire was originally listed as being lightning-caused, but the status has changed to 'under investigation.'


    A community meeting to update residents about the Eiler Fire is set for tonight. READ MORE


    Sporadic rain began Monday night in Burney and continued off and on early Tuesday morning. Another steady rain began about 7:35 p.m. Tuesday (shown here) and was continuing with this posting at 7:55 p.m.

    California Highway Patrol air operations officer Daniel Gallagher checks motorist identification Tuesday at 5 p.m. at soft closure on Highway 89 near Highway 299. Hat Creek residents were allowed on the highway starting at about 2:35 p.m. Tuesday.


    ALL OTHER ROADS OPEN TO SOFT CLOSURES

    TUESDAY | 2:50 PM – All roads not previously mentioned that had been subject to "hard closure" have now been reduced to "soft closure," meaning residents with proper identification will be allowed to return to their property in all areas for all fires in the Intermountain area. No commercial traffic allowed.

    HIGHWAY 89 SOFT CLOSURE

    TUESDAY | 2:35 PM – Highway 89 is open as a "soft closure," meaning only Hat Creek residents are allowed to travel into the area with proper identification. No commercial traffic allowed on Hwy 89 between Hwy 299 and Hwy 44.

    HIGHWAY 299 OPEN

    TUESDAY | 2:20 PM – Caltrans has reported roadblocks have been lifted on Highway 299, allowing traffic to move east and west along the highway.

    LITTLE VALLEY EVACUATION LIFTED

    As of 2:00pm today, the evacuation order for Little Valley will be lifted and residents will be allowed to return home. The Little Valley Road will only be open to residents due to continued high level of fire fighting activity and equipment along the road. Firefighters stopped the Bald Fire from burning into Little Valley, so returning residents will not have any direct effects from the fire. However, people are advised to avoid the fire area and to not interfere in any way with fire suppression activities. Anyone driving on Little Valley Road must drive slowly and use extreme caution due to the presence of firefighting crews and equipment along the road. The northern portion of the Lassen National Forest remains closed to public entry due to the wildfires. Even after the fires are contained, hazards such as standing dead trees (snags), ash pits, hazmat, and damage to roads and bridges must be evaluated and mitigated before it will be safe to reopen this area. The Lassen National Forest is closed north of Road 16 (33N16), Highway 44 and Road 33N02.

    PG&E RESTORES POWER TO HAT CREEK

    Nearly all power has been restored in the Eiler Fire burn area. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) crews worked through Monday night to restore power to customers in eastern Shasta County who lost electricity when the Eiler Fire burned utility poles. PG&E crews were able to access the burn area late Monday and early Tuesday to replace damaged poles and restring power lines to restore power to 529 customers in Hat Creek, Old Station and Cassel. The last five customers without power are along Highway 89 in Hat Creek and should have power restored by 6 p.m. Tuesday. A total of 554 customers lost power as the fire grew in size on Friday and Saturday, destroying 28 wooden utility poles and bringing down power lines and equipment. Working closely with fire agencies and other first responders, PG&E de-energized lines for firefighter safety and sprayed fire retardant on 290 wooden distribution poles to prevent flames from damaging poles. PG&E’s Hat Creek-Westwood 60,000-volt transmission line was threatened by both the Eiler and Bald fires but firefighter efforts and favorable winds prevented the fire from reaching the line. As a precaution, PG&E cleared vegetation along the transmission line near the fires and applied fire retardant to poles along 15 miles of the corridor.

    EILER & BALD FIRES UPDATE – TUES NOON

    The Eiler Fire is 20 percent contained. READ MORE

    DAY FIRE UPDATE – TUES 7:30 AM

    The Day Fire is 65 percent contained. READ MORE

    The community of McArthur swelled to nearly six times its population of 340 on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, with the addition of some 1,800 fire personnel occupying the Inter-Mountain fairgrounds. Firefighters from this base camp are battling both the Bald Fire and Eiler Fire. Fire officials said both blazes were started by lightning and named for nearby landmarks, Bald Mountain, south of Fall River Mills, and Eiler Lake in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness.


    FROM SCHOOLS SUPT. GREG HAWKINS

    Yesterday we had two busses transport patients from the Burney Annex to Mercy Hospital in Redding. We also arranged to have three additional busses available to transport Burney community members to Foothill High School in the event that the "Be Prepared To Evacuate" became reality and residents were mandated to evacuate. We worked closely with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department to coordinate this; we’re glad the Burney Community did not have to. We still have things “covered” in case the evacuation is mandated. Last night there was a public information meeting at Fall River High School. The turnout was amazing—by Craig Harrington’s “rough count,” there were 270 people in attendance. Representatives from Cal Fire, US Forest Service, Pacific Gas and Electric, Lassen County Sheriff’s Department, Shasta County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol gave updates, suggestions, and answered a number of pertinent questions. The question was asked of the audience, “How many of you are evacuees?” The majority of the audience raised their hands, once again reemphasizing the seriousness of our situation. For all intents and purposes, it was a very good meeting. And, finally, the Red Cross evacuation-relocation center at Fall River High School continues to be very busy. The center in Adin has closed and Burney area evacuees are going to Redding. Michelle Corder indicated they had around 25 people who spent the night there last night, mostly residents of Little Valley and the Cassel-Hat Creek area. Michelle also said that, as of now, the Red Cross will be at FRHS indefinitely.

    –Greg F. Hawkins, Superintendent, Fall River Joint Unified School District


    Eiler Fire Behavior Analyst John Wood notes that small amounts of moisture predicted for today probably won't have much of an impact on the heavy and critically dry fuels here. He presented his report to firefighters gathered for a 7 a.m. briefing at the Inter-Mountain fairgrounds Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.

    Jack Messick, Eiler Fire incident meteorologist, offers weather forecast at firefighters 7 a.m. briefing Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at the Inter-Mountain fairgrounds in McArthur.

    Steven Ward, Cal Fire deputy planning section chief, outlines the Eiler Fire objectives at 7 a.m. firefighters briefing Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at the Inter-Mountain fairgrounds in McArthur.

    Today's main topic about the Intermountain area fires is the weather – both good and bad. Here, Eiler Fire Operations Section Chief Robin Wills addresses firefighters at 7 a.m. briefing Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at the Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds fire base camp in McArthur. A briefing on the Bald Mountain fire was held at 6 a.m. In both briefings it was noted cooler temperatures and cloud cover should benefit firefighters, but with that comes a Red Flag Warning issued for predicted dry lightning in the area.


    SUNDAY 9:45 PM UPDATE

    The north edge of the Eiler Fire has remained about 5 miles from Burney for the past 24 hours. This afternoon it burned up the northeastern side of Burney Mountain. To date, the Shasta County sheriff's office believes eight homes have been lost in the Eiler Fire, plus 20 outbuildings and one commercial business (Fireside restaurant). Sheriff Tom Bosenko said his office doesn't expect to release the homeowners' names until Wednesday at the earliest , giving the county assessor's office time to verify the information. In another matter, a large spot fire that appears to have come from the Eiler Fire and was heading toward Cassel and Big Eddy Estates was kept at bay today with the use of air tankers and helicopters. Fighting the fire with ground crews is difficult due to the extensive lava fields in the area. A public fire information meeting was held this evening at Fall River High School. One speaker noted that while the Eiler Fire tends to move in a northeasterly direction, the Bald Mountain fire is moving to the south toward Old Station, but still more than 15 miles away from the community. The News will be attending the Monday morning, 6 a.m., Eiler and Bald firefighters briefing at 6 a.m. (PST) and has scheduled to post video shortly after its conclusion.

    Sunday video shows the Fireside restaurant and store that burned Saturday afternoon in the Eiler Fire in Hat Creek, plus the one house behind the restaurant that also burned. Hat Creek volunteer fire chief Randy Garner describes how "in the afternoons the winds come off the hill like a freight train. We had to pull back and protect what we had here (Hat Creek fire station). We saved what we could" before running out of water. Garner watched from another home he was protecting when the fire exploded and consumed the restaurant owned by his parents. The Hat Creek volunteer firefighters were the only ones to stay and offer structure protection, as state fire crews were deployed further north. Also shown are fire engines and crews from San Francisco and Orange County on Highway 89 near Clint Eastwood's 3,000-acre Rising River Ranch. Cal Fire crews check for spot fires. The latter engine firefighters make their way onto Mountain View Road where bulldozers widen the road to twice its size as part of a firebreak built to protect Burney in the dark hours early this morning.


    DAY FIRE EVACUATIONS LIFTED

    As of 4 p.m. today, fire officials and the Modoc County Sheriff Department have lifted the mandatory evacuation order for the community of Lookout Ranchettes. All residents can enter with no restrictions. The road closures for County Roads 93 and 94 have been reopened to the public.

    UPDATE SUNDAY 3:10 PM

    The photos below show the Fireside restaurant that burned Saturday afternoon on Doty Road and Highway 89. The second photo is of the only house that burned close to the restaurant at 17830 Doty Road. The last is a map from this morning showing the three fires, Eiler, Bald and Day. Click on the map to view larger version. New video of conditions on the Eiler to come. Today's fire activity is hotest between Cassel Fall River Road, near the Rocky Jewel Mine, and Big Eddy Estates. A spot fire at Big Eddy, south of Fall River Mills, was reported at 2:50 p.m.

    ADDED ROAD CLOSURES

    SUNDAY 10:25 AM | All vehicle traffic is now closed southbound on Highway 89 at Clark Creek Road just south of McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park and to westbound traffic on Highway 299 at Cassel Road east of the intersection of Highways 299 and 89.

    FROM VALERIE LAKEY OF MAYERS MEMORIAL

    SUNDAY 10:11 AM | Under the advisement of our Shasta County Sheriff contact, we are beginning the evacuation process at the Burney Annex. We will be transporting residents to Mercy Medical Center in Redding. We will make contact with family members upon arrival.

    SUNDAY 8:30 AM UPDATE – ALL THREE FIRES TOTAL 70,470 ACRES

    The Eiler Fire has grown to 22,788 acres with zero percent containment, the Bald Fire to 34,832 acres with 5 percent containment and the Day Fire to 12,850 acres with 25 percent containment. CLICK HERE for audio report from BLM public information officer Jeff Fontana of the Susanville Interagency Fire Center

    The Eiler Fire Saturday about 5 p.m. looking from the vista point at the west end of Burney. Burney Mountain is to the right.

    SUNDAY 12:45 AM UPDATE

    The Fireside restaurant in Hat Creek was among the structures lost Saturday afternoon when the Eiler Fire changed direction and headed back across Highway 89. Homes behind the restaurant and on the north side of Doty Road were also destroyed. Highway 299 was closed from Johnson Park to Four Corners and Highway 89 was closed from Four Corners south to Highway 44 in Old Station. Shasta County sheriff's deputies report the Eiler Fire was moving toward Johnson Park Saturday afternoon, has settled for the evening as temperatures are dropping into the upper 60s and low 70s, but could flare again today as temperatures warm. The new direction appears to be moving away from Johnson Park and toward Burney. Deputies reported at least 20 bulldozers, and possibly more, will be cutting a fireline the width of two bulldozers around Burney throughout the night. Backfiring may also be done if the weather permits. The evacuations for Cassel and Big Eddy Estates are due, they said, to a fourth major fire that was spotted near Clint Eastwood's property, possibly from Eiler Fire embers.

    FROM SCHOOLS SUPT. GREG HAWKINS

    Things aren't looking up. A horrible day today. I've heard people have lost homes in the Hat Creek area. Evacuations continue. I just spoke to Michelle Corder (Red Cross) and Jeanne. Both of them, as well as Kelly, are at FRHS at the evacuation center. Michelle indicated it's filling up and they may be opening up a second Red Cross evacuation/relocation Center at the Evangelical Free Church in McArthur. People from Little Valley have been at FRHS for some time and now people from Cassel are arriving. We are not using the gym. The floor has just been refinished and the fumes, in addition to the smoke, is not good. Rick Ranquist has been busy today. He has been working with Cal Fire, setting up additional bussing. As of now, we have one bus shuttling CDF workers to motels in Redding. Ward is driving and will continue this for a while. We might have had additional drivers, but, as you can guess, some are preparing to evacuate. Fall River High School's gymnasium will be used tomorrow (Sunday) night for a press conference. It will begin at 7:00 and is open to the public. Hopefully, by then, the gym will have "aired out" a bit. Hope for the best!

    FROM VALERIE LAKEY OF MAYERS MEMORIAL

    SATURDAY 9:41 PM | At this time Mayers Memorial Hospital District Disaster team is on site at the Burney Annex. We have set-up an incident command and are evaluating the situation. As the evacuation notice is advisory at this time in Burney – we are NOT evacuating the Burney Annex. We have a plan in place and will keep the patient’s safety as the top priority.

    EVACUATIONS ORDERED FOR CASSEL, JOHNSON PARK, BIG EDDY; BURNEY ADVISED TO BE READY

    Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko has declared a local emergency due to the Eiler Fire. The fire has destroyed over 7000 acres and multiple structures. Evacuations are currently in progress in the communities of Hat Creek, Cassel, Big Eddy Estates, and Johnson Park. READ MORE

    Video was taken between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 of the Eiler Fire in Hat Creek. The flare-up toward the middle of the video is in a pocket of brush and timber south of the Old Honn Homestead and east of Highway 89 that initially escaped burning the previous night. A shift in the wind, coming from the east, turned the fire back toward Highway 89. All of the homes within the evacuation area Saturday afternoon appeared to have at least one fire engine and a small crew for structure protection.

    MAP OF DAY FIRE – Click to Enlarge


    EILER FIRE UPDATE SATURDAY 2:55 PM

    A sheriff's briefing to deputies today reported possibly 14 structures were lost to date in the Eiler Fire, but that 12 of those were outbuildings. The three photos below show the City of Redding fire engine that was burned Friday night, structure protection just to the north of 16008 Highway 89, and burned area at 17129 Highway 89. The hard closure was in discussion to be lifted this afternoon so residents could return and assess any damage. The fire is burning hottest to the north and west of the ridge away from the highway.


    ALL FIRES UPDATE SATURDAY 11AM HERE


    DAY FIRE SATURDAY 10:30AM UPDATE

    According to the Shasta Interagency Fire Center, 12,500 acres have burned and it is approximately 15% contained. Residents of the community of Day are no longer under an advisory evacuation. Residents of the Lookout Ranchettes are under a mandatory evacuation through August 3, 2014. Fire behavior is still too erratic to allow evacuees to return to their homes. USFS, in coordination with Modoc Office of Emergency Services, is working with ranchers who have cattle in the area. Modoc County Sheriff has filed an Emergency Declaration with the State as of August 1, 2014. American Red Cross in conjunction with Modoc Social Services and Public Health has opened a shelter at the Adin Community Center, 609 S. Main Street, Adin, CA 96006. There are nine evacuees at the shelter. The Modoc Animal Control Officer and High Plateau Humane Society is coordinating animal rescue with assistance from Big Valley Animal Clinic. Animals are being sheltered in Adin and Alturas. Modoc County Road Department road closures: Co. Road 94 at the intersection of Co. Road 93.

    GOVERNOR BROWN RESPONSE TO EILER FIRE

    Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enable the availability of vital firefighting cost reimbursement for those responding local, state and tribal agencies responding to the Eiler Fire, that has burned into the community of Hat Creak near Burney. READ MORE


    ROAD CLOSURE EXENDED ON HIGHWAY 89

    SATURDAY 9:55 AM | The Shasta County Sheriff's Office extended the road closure on Highway 89 north from Doty Road to Cassel Road as the Eiler Fire continues to grow. Mandatory evacuation orders are being issued for those residents living within the expanded zone.

    UPLOADED SATURDAY 1:30 AM | Ride along with Capt. Forrest Bartell of the Shasta County Sheriff's Office as he does an initial inspection of damage from the Eiler Fire where it crossed Highway 89 Friday night, Aug.1, 2014. The fire crossed the highway just north of the old Honn Homestead and continued until about one-quarter-mile south of the U.S. Forest Service Hat Creek Work Center. Cal Fire officials estimated Friday night the fire had grown to 6,000 acres, but that couldn't be confirmed until daylight. It appeared some structures were lost, but a true accounting wouldn't be available until later Saturday at the earliest. Redding City Fire lost one engine when it was engulfed in flames, but the crew did make their way to safety.

    Capt. Dave Dean of the Shasta County Sheriff's Office describes in this interview Friday at 10 p.m. evacuations along Highway 89 south of Doty Road from the Fireside Village on Aug. 1, 2014. Video of the fire was taken from Hat Creek Hereford Ranch Campground looking west across Highway 89.

    HIGHWAY 89 CLOSURE UPDATE FRIDAY 8PM – CLICK HERE

    Photo by Katie Harrington of fires near Thousand Lakes Wilderness taken from Fall River Mills.

    Photo by Katie Harrington of fires burning in Thousand Lakes Wilderness

    EVACUTIONS IN LOOKOUT, LITTLE VALLEY; HIGHWAY 89 CLOSED

    FRIDAY 5PM | The Bald Fire on the Lassen National Forest has grown to about 5,000 acres. It is burning brush and timber about eight miles south of Fall River Mills. It has spread northeast from Bald Mountain. Evacuations have been ordered for the community of Little Valley. Highway 89 at Four Corners southbound has been closed as firefighters are being deployed to the Eiler Fire and a second fire in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness. The fires are several miles apart and totaled about 90 acres this afternoon. Trails in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness are closed. READ MORE

    Photo by Elizabeth Gordon taken of the Bald Fire from the Highway 299 vista point west of Fall River Mills. The fire had grown to more than 5,000 acres by Friday afternoon and evacuations were ordered for Little Valley.

    Bald Fire (foreground) and Day Fire (background), taken 7-31-14 (thanks to Walter Bunt). Both the Day Fire and Bald Fire have grown, to 7,000 acres and 3,100 acres respectively. | UPDATE ON BOTH FIRES FRIDAY NOON – CLICK HERE

    NATIONAL GUARD WILL JOIN FIGHT – CLICK HERE


    FROM SCHOOLS SUPT. GREG HAWKINS

    Here's what's happening regarding the fires and use of district facilities... The U.S. Forest Service is using the Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds as their staging area. Cal Fire will be using Burney High School as their staging area. Their incident commander arrived late Thursday night and we will be meeting with them today to make facility arrangements and contractual agreements. The person I spoke to indicated they were expecting up to 2,000 fire personnel. The Red Cross was using the Fall River High School Cafeteria as their Evacuation/Relocation area. Cal Fire has indicated it will likely be in the area for at least one week and possibly more, depending on further lightning caused fires.


    Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter in an 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, interview shares his department's response in conducting evacuations late Wednesday on Day Road from Schneider Ranch Road north to the end of Day Road. Evacuation advisories were issued for homes along Widow Valley Road and the Lookout Ranchettes as the lightning-caused blaze consumed 4,500 acres in just a matter of hours. Firefighters shown in the video include crews of women from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Malibu. A second fire, the Bald Fire, had burned 1,700 acres by late Thursday afternoon in a remote area of the Lassen National Forest near Bald Mountain about 8 miles southeast of Fall River Mills. There were no structures threatened. The fires were among 17 confirmed from 30 fire reports received on Wednesday.

    THURSDAY 4:30 P.M. UPDATE | The Day Fire, northeast of Fall River Mills has grown to 4,500 acres. READ MORE

    An airdrop is made by a DC 10 jumbo jet air tanker Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the north end of the community of Day, northeast of Fall River Mills, about 4:45 p.m.

    The Day Fire that began Wednesday night, July 30, 2014, from a lightning strike had burned an estimated 700-1,000 acres by Thursday afternoon. The fire is located northeast of Fall River Mills. An evacuation advisory was issued Wednesday night for residents in Day, from the Modoc-Shasta county line to the end of Day Road. The advisory remains in effect today. No structures have been damaged. The fire was considered 15 percent contained this morning. The photos below are of the Day fire and the Bald Mountain fire, southwest of McArthur. All photography and video by The Intermountain News

    BALD MOUNTAIN FIRE UPDATE – CLICK HERE

    The Day fire as seen from Fall River Mills.

    The Bald Mountain fire as seen from the Fall River Mills fire hall.

    Big Bend and Burney fire crews following an all-night battle at the Day fire. As some of the first firefighters to arrive, Burney Fire Chief Ray Barber said they ran 6,000 feet of hose line in protecting structures in Day. Other crews with them were from Montgomery Creek and Cassel.

    Crews on Day Road at the south side of the community.


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