UPDATE FROM CITY OF REDDING, 9:30 AM
Shasta-Trinity Cal Fire has issued mandatory evacuations as a result of the Carr Wildfire, which grew overnight, though none currently affecting City limits.
The fire has forced mandatory evacuations for those who live on Lower Springs Road and west, as well as Rock Creek Road and Iron Mountain Road. The current evacuation center is Shasta High School, located on Pioneer Road in Redding, though this could change.
City staff are monitoring utility usage as the fire progresses, and at this time all systems are in full working order. We will provide updates as the day progresses.
For more information about the fire and evacuations, call the CAL FIRE info line at (530) 225- 2510, and for Disaster Relief call the Red Cross Hotline at (844) 236-0153. Information is also available at www.fire.ca.gov and the local media news feeds.
CAL FIRE and Shasta County have both initiated Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), however no state of emergency has been declared at this time.
For people living in PG&E service areas who are on wells, assuming you still have power: PG&E sent out notifications this year that power could be cut if conditions warrant. You might want to fill some buckets or containers with water for drinking, washing, flushing toilets, etc. Also, charge up your cell phones/tablets and check your flashlights for adequate power. If power does go out tonight or tomorrow night, please do not use candles or cook over open flames (fire pit).
Redding Dragstrip will be open for anyone needing to park cars, trailers, etc.
UPDATE, 9:25 AM,JULY 26
Sunset West evacuated.
These are updates from Facebook users:
Placer at Wisconsin mandatory evacuations.
Lakeside Drive mandatory evacuations.
NEW – MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS: Rock Creek Rd & all roads coming off, Iron Mtn Rd & all roads coming off, & communities of Old Shasta and Keswick
NEW – MANDATORY EVACUATIONS: Swasey to Lower Springs, Lower Springs to 299, Victoria Dr and all roads coming off of Victoria. The community of French Gulch is under an evacuation order. Residents along SR 299 west of Trinity Mountain Rd to the base of Buckhorn Summit are also under evacuation order. Residents along Whiskey Creek Rd to include the boat launch/day use areas are evacuated.
Residents located east of Trinity Mountain Road use evacuation center located at Shasta High School 2500 Eureka Way in Redding. Residents located west of Trinity Mountain Road use evacuation center located at Weaverville Elementary School 31020 HWY 3 in Weaverville.
As of Wednesday night, the Carr Fire was still burning in the Whiskeytown Recreational Area.
At one point it was 24-percent contained, but the fire got away from firefighters, so as of Wednesday night, it was back down to being only 10-percent contained.
The Carr Fire is one of many fires over the years that has threatened the historic, humble little mining town of French Gulch. I am happy that, although the fire touched the doorstep of French Gulch, thus far, the town, once again was spared.
It has been reported that two homes were lost, but a full assessment is yet to be made. The fire is believed to have started due to a motor home tire blowout on Mon., July 23 around 1:30 pm.
On Tuesday and Wednesday I drove between a vista point in Anderson and Whiskeytown Lake to take pictures as the fire progressed. On Tuesday from Anderson, you could still see the mountains within the smoke, but not where the fire was actually burning.
You can see Shasta Bally to the left center of one photo, so you have an idea of the fire’s location. That night the fire was visible for miles around in the darkening hours. I drove up to the Whiskeytown Visitor Center at nightfall and captured a photo from there.
The following day, Wednesday, I drove back to Anderson in the morning as the Redding sky was blanketed by smoke, and a thin layer of ash covered exterior surfaces. From Anderson, the mountains were no longer visible. Only smoke was visible, in what looked like a perfectly blended, white hazy horizon. There was serenity in the widespread smoke, yet, there was a fiery fury from its origin.
I drove back up to Whiskeytown Lake Wednesday afternoon and captured some photos from the Visitors Center again, as well as Brandy Creek.
Later, I drove back up around 8:30 pm and left around 10:30 pm. Whiskeytown Lake at 10:30 pm was as crowded as a sunny, summer Sunday afternoon in July. Several onlookers were viewing a sight they probably have never seen before, and might never see again. The fire at night was quite a spectacular event. Many, I’m sure, were praying for the safety of everyone who lives in the path of the growing fire, which, at last report, was up to 6,773 acres and only 10-percent contained.