A wildfire named the LAVA FIRE is located about 3.5 miles northeast of the community of Weed and 4.5 miles southeast of Lake Shastina, California.

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Photo of fire on Mt Shasta with the moon and Jupiter
Credit: USFS

There are about 1,626 total personnel assigned along with 30 crews, 112 engines and 15 helicopters. Fire command is under CAL FIRE Darryl Laws and IMT Steve Watkins.

About 23,849 acres of timber, grass and brush have been burned. Crews have successfully reached a 27% containment status but are striving to achieve the one-hundred percent fire suppression objectives.

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Credit: Caltrans District 2

The current fire management team is CAL FIRE’s Steve Watkins, IMT and Darryl Laws.


  • Bunny Flat Campground (USFS)
  • Sand Flat Campground (USFS)
  • Red Fir Flat Campground (USFS)
  • McBride Springs Campground (USFS)
  • Hwy 97 between the City of Weed and the City of Dorris
  • Everitt Memorial Hwy at Gateway Trail Trailhead

Downgraded Evacuation Orders

  • Lake Shastina
  • Carrick
Credit: USFS

Evacuation Orders Remain in Effect

  • North along Hwy 97 to County Road A-12
  • Community of Juniper Valley off of Big Springs Road from Hwy 97 to McDonald Lane
  • Big Springs Road on both east and west sides
  • Mount Shasta Vista Subdivision-Country Road A-12 north and south
  • Harry Cash Road
  • 4 Corners to Hart Road
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Credit: Caltrans District 2

Fire crews are working to keep the fire from east of the Union Pacific RR tracks; south of Deer Mtn Road; north of Diller Canyon and west of the north Gate Trailhead. Additionally, structure protect of critical infrastructure and cultural resources using direct tactics by aircraft are under way.

Tankers 910 and 912 have been spread thin by responding to multiple Californian wildfires SALT, WILLOW, INYO CREEK and DOTTA fires.

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Credit: 10 Tanker Air Carrier

Climate consist of steep, rocky terrain, limited road access and limited water sources near the fire line.

Incident Cooperators

  • USFS – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  • Siskiyou County Sheriffs Office
  • Siskiyou County OEM
  • USDA Fire

The Cost-to-Date has topped out at $8.8 Million Dollars.

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