Update: 9:00 pm
It’s been a mere three hours since CalFire announced the Hog Fire in Lassen County sat at 1,600 acres, and now the flames seemed to have tripled in size. The fast-moving fire now sits at 5,200 acres with no containment, leaving nearby residents nervous for the flames that continue to blaze through the area at an astounding rate.
Mandatory evacuations are being ordered Lake Forest Estates, Phildow, Grey Eagle Lane- areas north of Hwy 36 and West of County Road A1. A shelter has been established at the Lassen Community College dorms.
While not much information is currently available for the fast-moving fire, speculation is growing that it jumped Highway 44 just west of Susanville.
We will continue to update the incident as more information is made available.
Update: 6:00 pm
The Hog Fire tripled in size through Sunday as the flames now sit at 1,600 acres and evacuations are now in place in Lassen County. While most of the day the fire has been in areas without structures in its path, that changed late-Sunday afternoon as Lassen County residents are being told to leave their homes. The fire currently sits at 5 percent containment.
A mandatory evacuation has been announced in the area west of Susanville, including Lake Forest Estates, Phildow, Grey Eagle Lane- areas north of Hwy 36 and West of County Road A1. A shelter has been established at the Lassen Community College dorms.
Here's the @AlertWildfire cam timelapse on the #HogFire taking off on Sunday 7/19 looking NW of Susanville, interesting to see the brief pyrocu tops w/ upper level winds pushing smoke NW and lower level wind sending embers/ash to the ESE. #CAwx #FireWx @nbcbayarea pic.twitter.com/hXL3axuzDh— Rob Mayeda (@RobMayeda) July 20, 2020
Steep terrain and continued spot fires remain the critical issue in containing the flames. Fire resources on hand include 25 engines, 8 hand crews, 15 dozers, 15 water tenders, 4 helicopters and 6 air tankers.
With difficult fire conditions still prevalent throughout Northern California, fire crews hope to improve the containment Sunday evening. We will continue to update the situation as more information is made available.