Carr Fire Still Burns

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The Carr Fire could be seen for miles around Wednesday evening.

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.

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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.

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Steve DuBois
For many years Steve DuBois has enjoyed taking photos of his dogs in interesting and unusual places. He created a photo book of his dogs especially for the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he donated several copies. He loves that the kids enjoy seeing his dogs photographed in unusual ways. Steve says his dogs have been his photographic inspiration and motivation, but sometimes he tries his hand at nature shots, such as the photos he captured of the north state’s 2017 flooding, published here on A News Cafe.com. Steve DuBois lives in Redding.
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6 Responses

  1. Avatar Linda Cooper says:

    We were evacuated from our home in old Shasta around 1:30am, Thursday. We were not prepared, even though I had been monitoring the fire up until 10pm, The Highway Patrol came inside our house to let us know. We were asleep. Anyway, lucky to have the cat boarded (VCR, first three days free, ha, ha), and next a hotel room is available around noon. Meanwhile the Red Cross folks are friendly. I’m writing like a third grader. This is not fun.

  2. Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

    My wife’s administrative retreat to Mt. Shasta today and tomorrow is canceled because several of her colleagues are under evacuation. I’ve texted a tennis buddy who lives south of Old Shasta to see how they’re doing, but haven’t heard back yet. My daughter in west Redding is under voluntary evacuation—that seems crazy, given that she lives in the middle of a large subdivision, until you consider what happened in Santa Rosa last year.

    I remember when I first moved to Redding ~25 years ago, looking at houses out west of Redding and thinking: “Not only no, but HELL no. All of this wants to burn every 20 years, and the longer it doesn’t burn, the worse it’s gonna be when it does.” There were houses out there surrounded by 20-30 year old knobcone pine stands—a tree that only seeds out and reproduces after a fire. Other houses with 20-ft-tall walls of manzanita within 20 feet of the wooden decks behind the houses.

    • Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

      My wife was due to be in trial today, but the trial has been suspended. The judge had to evacuate from his home.

    • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

      Ah, those good ol’ days when fires were left to burn so that these conflagrations couldn’t happen. But Smoky Bear and an explosion of people put an end to that. Overpopulation is the root cause of practically all that ails us. Our Redding house is west of I-5. We had planned to go there today because we had house guests coming. Not only are we staying up here in wildland fire country (ironic), we’ve notified our would-be guests from Washington to keep on truckin’ and not stop in Redding.

  3. Avatar chuck cully says:

    Linda, Suzanne and I are in Alaska, got a call from neighbors at 6:00 a.m. that they were told to leave. Hope we all make it through this.