The worst fears surrounding the Hog Fire are beginning to come to fruition as the flames have grown to 12,188 acres with zero containment and now sits approximately five miles from Susanville.
As the fire enters its third day of burning, the residents of Lassen County sit on edge while the flames continue to build near the intersection of Highway 44 and Highway 36. The roads of the area remain closed to vehicles, although the town of Susanville has yet to see an evacuation warning.
If the massive flames of the fire aren’t enough, the plume of smoke has been difficult for nearby communities to manage. In fact, an atmospheric scientist and the national weather service have confirmed the smoke has turned turned purocumulonimbus, meaning it has created its own weather system. Earlier in the evening, lightning was detected from the smoke plume.
As of Monday night, 170 structures are threatened and an evacuation center has been established at the Lassen Community College. Mandatory evacuations remain in the community of Lake Forest Estates and north and south of Highway 36 from A-1 to Willard Creek Road.
As the fire enters into the dark of the night, the firefighters will continue to work hard for the residents of Northern California. Let’s hope the flames die down by the morning.