The Mill Fire burning in Siskiyou County was slowed by fire officials over Labor Day weekend, but not before providing devastating damage to the town of Weed. As of Tuesday morning, officials have reported two deaths and 91 structures destroyed. The fire is now 4,263 acres with 55 percent containment.
On Sunday, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue identified the people who died in the fire as two women aged 66 and 73. Their names or circumstances surrounding the deaths were not provided, but they were found in different locations.
The fire, which is believed to have started in an old logging mill once owned by Abner Weed, did most of its damage in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Weed. The current destroyed structure count is 91, but Weed Mayor Kim Greene said that number might actually exceed 100.
Firefighters made great progress fighting the fire on Sunday and Monday. Although containment sits at just 55 percent, movement seems to have stopped.
“The fire is not expected to grow,” said CalFire officials on Tuesday.
Approximately 2,600 residents remain evacuated as of Tuesday. Here is the current evacuation information from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office:
DOWNGRADED TO EVACUATION WARNING:
West of: Big Springs Road
North of: Indian Island at Lakeshore Drive
If your Zone ends with A or B please check the map to confirm the order status for you area at
All other Evacuation Orders & Evacuation Warnings remain unchanged. If you have any questions, please call 211