Needless to say this summer has been testing us all here in the north state. I wish I could give you all a glowing fishing report this week but Mother Nature is having her way with nonstop fires that are affecting us all in many ways. It seems as soon as one fire gets contained then another erupts. As you know the Carr Fire in Redding wreaked its destructive havoc, then the ongoing Hirz Fire has threatened and had its effects on the McCloud and USac watersheds. And just a few hours ago the Delta Fire has taken off and is running up the I-5 corridor burning from Vollmers/Delta and setting off evacuations up to Pollard Flat and Gibson with evacuation advisories for Dunsmuir. I-5 is currently closed from Redding to Mt. Shasta, needless to say it is a bad situation. Below are the latest updates from each.
The Delta Fire
The Delta Fire is burning on both sides of Interstate-5 near the Vollmers Exit north of Lakehead. Interstate 5 is closed from 10 miles north of Redding at Fawndale Road to 3.6 miles south of Mount Shasta at Mott Road. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is conducting evacuations on both sides of I-5 north of Lakehead to the Shasta/Siskiyou county line. There is an evacuation center located at the Mt. Shasta Community Center, located at 629 Alder St. in Mt. Shasta.
The Delta fire is under unified command with U.S. Forest Service and Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.
California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (CIIMT5) is now managing the Delta Fire, in addition to the nearby Hirz Fire.
The Hirz Fire
Control lines are now around the entire perimeter of the fire, and firefighters will focus on holding and securing these lines, as well as continuing to increase containment. Crews worked overnight to hold various portions of the fire, including the northeast corner along Squaw Valley Creek where the fire has backed down slowly into established control lines. Firefighters are also monitoring several islands of burning vegetation inside the fire perimeter that are relativity close to control lines. Crews will work today to mitigate these areas to ensure they do not compromise established lines. A priority for firefighters today continues to be eliminating all heat and hazards close to the perimeter of the fire. Unneeded equipment and hose will start being removed from the fireline as areas of the fire transition to suppression repair. Crews coordinating with Forest Service resource advisors have already been successful in completing suppression repair and rehabilitation along several contingency lines. This process will continue in the contingency areas, as well as, the areas along the eastern and southern portions of the fire that are contained and cold.
The hot and dry weather pattern continues to affect the region, and vegetation remains very susceptible to burning. Dry vegetation surrounding the fire area remains a concern for firefighters, and crews are working hard to ensure that control lines hold without threat of escape.