Lava Fire Balloons to an Astounding 13,330 Acres Near Mount Shasta, Structures Burned
The Lava Fire continues to burn at an astounding rate in Siskiyou County and erratic winds and dry fuels pushed it to 13,330 acres by Monday morning, growing nearly 10 times its size in just 24 hours. The fire currently stands at 20 percent containment.
A video online shows structures burning in the Mt. Shasta Vista Subdivision in Weed, although the number of structures destroyed is unknown:
Firefighters had a weird evening on the north side of Siskiyou County on Monday, when a new fire, the Tenant Fire, broke out just north of the Lava Fire and quickly grew to 200 acres. Meanwhile, a shooting occurred at one of the checkpoints near Highway 97 Monday evening, with at least one person injured during the incident. It is still unknown who was shot or injured, or why the incident occurred.
On Monday afternoon, the Siskiyou County Sheriffâ€™s Office announced new evacuation orders in the region. Here are the current evacuation orders:
-All homes north side of Hoy Road
-North along Highway 97 to County Road A-12
-Communities of Lake Shastina and Juniper Valley off Big Springs Road from Highway 97 to McDonald Lane
-Big Springs Road on both east and west sides
-Mount Shasta Vista Subdivision
-County Road A-12 north and south
-Harry Cash Road
-4 Corners to Hart Road
Highway 97 Closure: Highway 97 is closed between the City of Weed and the Juniper Lodge on Highway 97. This closed is approximately 30 miles.
An evacuation warning has bee issued in the following areas along U.S. 97:
- ANGEL VALLEY ROAD
- CARRICK ADDITION
- SOLUS DRIV
Due to strong, erratic winds and dry fuels the #LavaFire grew to an estimated 13,330 acres yesterday afternoon into overnight. It is 20% contained.â€” Shasta-Trinity NF (@ShastaTrinityNF) June 29, 2021
The incident is being managed by CA Incident Management Team and in unified command with @CAL_FIRE. pic.twitter.com/HOHHPl8OYl
With winds dying down on Tuesday morning, firefighters hope to make progress on the lines of the fire and keep it away from any populated areas. We will continue to update the situation as more information is made available.