I-5 Closed Again, Fire Updates for September 13, 3:40 PM

Clear skies on the #DeltaFire have allowed aircraft to scoop water from Trinity Lake. Although Trinity Lake is still open, the public is cautioned to stay out of the water and remain a safe distance from any air operations so that they do not interfere with firefighting efforts. Photo from U.S. Forest Service - Shasta-Trinity National Forest

 

From CalTrans, 3:11 PM

[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
IS CLOSED FROM 10 MI NORTH OF REDDING /AT FAWNDALE/ (SHASTA CO) TO 3.6 MI SOUTH OF MOUNT SHASTA /AT MOTT AVE/ (SISKIYOU CO) AT 1511 HRS ON 9/13/18 - DUE TO A BRUSH FIRE - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

This morning's updates on fires affecting the Northern Sacramento Valley. Good news - the Hirz Fire is 100% contained.

From U.S. Forest Service Shasta-Trinity National Forest

#DeltaFire and #HirzFire Morning Update - September 13, 2018.

Aggressive fire fighting activities continue on the Delta Fire and containment increased to 17 percent. The Hirz Fire is 100 percent contained.

Predicted weather conditions for today will reduce fire behavior and minimize growth. Firefighters on the Delta Fire will secure and improve firelines and mop up hotspots along the fire's edge. Crews on the Hirz fire will focus efforts on fire suppression repair work.

Hirz Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6116/
Delta Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6191/
Printable PDF Map: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/…/related…/pict20180813-110037-0.pdf

From nwcg.gov

Delta Fire
Size: 58,427 Acres
Contained: 17%

Aggressive fire fighting activities continue on the Delta Fire. Yesterday, favorable weather conditions aided firefighters in constructing fireline directly along the fire’s perimeter. Increased smoke in the afternoon prohibited aircraft operations over the fire. Ground crews held and improved existing firelines and increased containment to 17 percent. Firelines were completed in key areas along the fire perimeter both east and west of Interstate 5.

On the north end of the fire, crews were successful in securing line around a previously established spot fire near Highland Lakes. In the southeast near Fenders Ferry Road firefighters utilized the Hirz Fire perimeter to stop the fire’s spread. As anticipated, the fire continued to back downhill towards this line, which produced a majority of the visible smoke yesterday.

The fire progressed to the southwest and across the north fork of Dog Creek. Firefighters plan to utilize the Sanford Pass Road system to hold the fire in order to minimize natural resource impacts. In preparation, crews manually cleared vegetation along the road and inserted hose lays to aid firefighters.

Today, firefighters will continue with aggressive suppression tactics as they secure primary control lines around the fire. Crews will also focus on improving current fire lines mopping up hot spots along the fire’s edge. Predicted weather conditions indicate cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity, and light winds, which will reduce fire behavior and minimize growth.

Community Meeting:

A community meeting will be held tonight, September 13, at 6 p.m. at the Dunsmuir Elementary School at 4760 Siskiyou Ave, Dunsmuir, CA.

Road Closures/Openings:

Interstate 5 between Redding and Mt. Shasta is open with limited traffic control. All truck restrictions have been lifted. Ramp closures will remain in effect at Sims Road and Gibson Road due to evacuation orders that are still in effect. Rest areas at O’Brien and Lakehead are now open. Due to re-construction of damaged freeway infrastructure, travelers may be subject to single lane traffic control during daytime hours between Lamoine and Pollard Flat. Motorists are asked to drive with caution and to be aware that emergency vehicles may be in the area. Some of the road systems off of Interstate 5 will remain closed due to suppression efforts. Traffic Control Points will be set at the following areas: Dog Creek/Vollmers off-ramps, both north and south; Pollard Flat off-ramps, both north and south; Gibson Rd off-ramps, both north and south; and the Sims Rd off-ramps, both north and south.

Forest Area Closures:

To provide for public safety during the suppression of the Delta Fire, Shasta-Trinity National Forest lands, roads, and trails around the fire perimeter have been closed under order number 14-18-18. For specific recreation information, please call the Shasta Lake Ranger District at (530) 275-1587 or the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station at (530) 926-4511.

Shasta County Evacuations:

Selected Shasta County Mandatory Evacuations Lifted

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at about 1500 hours, mandatory evacuations have been lifted and residents may return home in the following areas: Re-entry to Delta Rd, La Moine Rd, Delta School Rd, Pollard Flat area, Slate Creek Rd, Little Slate Creek Rd., Eagles Roost Rd, Eviesbrood Rd., and Coyote Pass Rd., areas RESIDENTS ONLY. Residents entering these areas will be required to provide documentation to verify residency.

The following areas will remain under mandatory evacuations: residents off of Dog Creek Rd, Sugarloaf Lookout Rd, Saylor Rd, Harr Ridge Rd., McCall Creek Rd., Cavanaugh Canyon Rd., Fenders Ferry Rd., Highland Lakes Rd., Campbell Creek Rd., Rivera Dr., Karwin Dr., Nighthawk Ln., Shotgun Creek Rd, Upper Shotgun #1 and #2 Roads, Mears Ridge Rd., Sims Rd., Sims Lookout Rd., Hazel Creek Rd., Girard Ridge Rd.,

Interstate 5 north of Redding will open with limited traffic control at 1500 today. All truck restrictions have been lifted. Ramp closures will remain in effect at Sims Road and Gibson Road due to evacuation orders that are still in effect. Rest areas at O’Brien and Lakehead are now open.

Due to re-construction of damaged freeway infrastructure, travelers may be subject to single lane traffic control during daytime hours between Lamoine and Pollard Flat. Motorists are asked to drive with caution and that emergency vehicles may be in the area. Please remember to Move Over when you see yellow or emergency lights.

Some of the road systems off of Interstate 5 will remain closed due to suppression efforts. Traffic Control Points will be setup at the following areas; Dog Creek/Vollmers off ramp both and north and south, Pollard Flat off ramp both north and south, Gibson Rd off ramp both north and south, and the Sims Rd. off ramps both north and south.

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest Closure Orders for recreation areas within the Delta and Hirz Fire areas (Order No. 14-17-18 and 14-18-18) remain in effect. Castle Crags State Park remains closed at this time.

NOTES: SAFETY MESSAGE – The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation warnings. A reminder to drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the area. There will still be smoke in respective areas as firefighters continue operations. If at any time you feel unsafe, call 911.

For more information about evacuations in Shasta County, call the Shasta County Sheriff's Office at (530) 245-6025.For information about the Delta or Hirz Fires call (530) 498-0953 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. or email [email protected] For the most current information on road conditions, call the Caltrans hotline at (530) 225-3452 or visit Facebook at Caltrans District 2 or Twitter @caltransD2.

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office lifted mandatory evacuations and residents were allowed to return home in the following areas: Re-entry to Delta Rd, L Moine Rd, Delta School Rd, Pollard Flat area, Slate Creek Rd, Little Slate Creed Rd, Eagles Roost Rd, Eviesbrood Rd, and Coyote Pass Rd. Areas are open to residents only and those entering will be required to provide documentation to verify residency. For more information about evacuations in Shasta County, call the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 245-6025 or follow the Shasta County Sheriff’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Shasta-County-Sheriffs-Office-1527637610823075/

Siskiyou County Evacuations:

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation warning, not a mandatory evacuation, for all residents of Dunsmuir. Follow the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff.

Trinity County Evacuations:

The Trinity County Sheriff's Office has issued a mandatory evacuation notice for residents of East Fork Road to Ramshorn Road east to the Shasta Trinity County line. There will be a hard road closure at East Side Road and East Fork Road for nonresidents. There is an evacuation advisory only from the East Fork/East Side Road junction west to Highway 3 northward to Ramshorn Road. Follow the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Trinity-County-Sheriffs-Office-1635934306689276/

Evacuation Shelters:

An evacuation shelter is located at the National Guard Armory at 618 Everitt Memorial Hwy in Mount Shasta, California. The Redding Shelter is on standby located at 100 Mercy Oaks Drive in Redding, California.

Small Animal Shelter:

The Siskiyou Humane Society is housing dogs and cats for evacuees using the evacuation shelter. The humane society is at 1208 North Mount Shasta Blvd (530-926-4052). Evacuees can bring their pets and visit/feed/feed them during the shelter hours of operation (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Evacuees are responsible for taking care of their own animals every day.

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Barbara Rice
Barbara Rice is anewscafe.com's administrative assistant. She grew up in Igo listening to the devil's music, hearing tales of WWII, and reading James Thurber and Mad Magazine while dreaming of travel to exotic lands. She graduated from Shasta High School, Shasta College, and San Francisco State University. After too many blistering Sacramento Valley summers, she's traded it all for the ocean breezes of Humboldt County. She's been told she's a bad influence and that makes her very happy. She tweets, travels, and spoils cats. There's a dance in the old dame yet.
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