UPDATE 2 – Saturday, September 8 2018
A human-caused wildfire broke out about two miles northwest from Lakehead and on I-5 at Lamoine in California. When we first broke the news just after the large wildfire started, it was only at 2,000 acres with a 0% containment status. It was stated that the fire would explode to three-times its size overnight, jumping the freeway and burning up numerous vehicles and five semis. The location of the fire it would prompt mandatory evacuations and cause both northbound and southbound lanes of I-5 to shutdown. I don’t think we have ever heard this happen before – the closure of a major interstate that transports a lot of commerce.
The fire has merged with the Hirz Fire and together it has become a monstrous firestorm eating up the landscape and reaching 40,580 acres collectively.
Photo Courtesy: Eamon Sigler via Inciweb
Current Fire Status
The fire behavior is considered as active with running, backing and spotting. There is a 0% containment status at this time. Because of the fire, I-5 NB lanes are closed at Fawndale exit approximately 10 miles north of Redding and in the SB lanes at Mott Road, about 3.6 miles south of Mt. Shasta in California.
There are currently 2,132 personnel battling this fire including air and ground resources that include 52 crews, 163 engines and 7 helicopters.
The following are evacuation notices and mandatory orders for each impacted County. Please heed the alerts given to you and please do not stay back to save your property. You are putting First Responders (Firefighters, Volunteers and Police Officers’ lives in jeopardy). Your property can be replaced, YOU and your FAMILY cannot.
Shasta County – Mandatory evacuations along I-5 from exit 707 at Vollmers N. to Exit 714 at Gibson. These are being implemented by the Sheriff’s Office.
Trinity County – Mandatory evacuation orders are being implemented by the Sheriff’s Office for all residents on E. Fork Road to Ramshorn Road and to the Shasta – Trinity County line.
Siskiyou County – Evacuation order notice only but all should be ready in case you have to leave. This is for all residents in the Dunsmuri area.
There are two evacuation shelters set-up for residents and are located in the following locations:
Mercy Oaks – 100 Mercy Oaks Drive. Redding, California.
National Guard Armory – 618 Everitt Memorial Highway. Mt. Shasta, California.
There is one animal shelters taking in cats and dogs. Those who use this shelter’s services must provide food/water/meds for their own pets and must come by to care for their sheltered pets everyday.
Siskiyou Animal Shelter – 1208 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. Shelter hours are 0900-1600 hours. Phone number is 530-926-4052.
Firefighting suppression and containment costs have surged to $4.1 Million to date.
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