Badger Fire Near Yreka Grows to 350 Acres, Forcing Evacuations
A fire near Yreka, California which began on Saturday night has now ballooned to 350 acres by Sunday morning, forcing evacuations in the community of Hawkinsville. The fire currently sits at 5 percent containment.
#BadgerFire(Update)- An Evacuation Order is in effect for residents on Hakinsville Humbug Rd and roads off Hawinsville Humbug. Also an Evacuation Order for residents that live on the west side of Hwy 263 north to and including Old Shasta River Rd. pic.twitter.com/fCNP54CABH— CAL FIRE SKU (@CALFIRESKU) July 19, 2020
The town of Yreka and neighboring communities watched in the hills above their home Saturday night, as the seemingly innocuous grass fire exploded to 300 acres within just hours. The fire originally began as two fires, the Humbug and Badger Fires, and quickly joined together to create one bigger wildfire incident. The area currently sits in “Extreme Drought,” which is the worst indication for dryness in an area.
#BadgerFire(NEW)- CAL FIRE is at scene of a 20 plus acre vegetation fire off Badger Mountain. An evacuation warning has been issues for the Humbug Hawkinsville area. No containment. Cause of the fire is still under investigation. #CALFIRESKU2020 #ReadyForWildfire pic.twitter.com/WoBKGepAAs— CAL FIRE SKU (@CALFIRESKU) July 19, 2020
Evacuation orders are in place for all roads off Hawkinsville Humbug Road and on the west side of Highway 263 north. Other nearby residents have been given an evacuation warning, including residents on Highway 263 from Old Shasta River Road to Hudson Road.
We will continue to update this incident as more information is made available.