Lava Fire at 19,680 acres, T-storms possible this afternoon

Per Mount Shasta Herald:

Live Lava Fire updates: 19,680 acre fire remains 19% contained Thursday morning

Skye KinkadeMount Shasta Herald

The Pyrocumulus cloud from the Lava Fire as seen from the Montague area on June 30, 2021.

The Lava Fire burning near Weed and Mount Shasta grew to 19,680 acres and remains 19% contained as of Thursday morning at 7 a.m.

More than 900 firefighters continue to work on the fire, a week after it was sparked by lightning on June 24.

Monsoonal thunderstorms are possible tomorrow and Saturday, according to Inciweb.

Lava Fire lines held on Wednesday

The fire didn’t spread much on the north end of the fire on Wednesday, California Team 14 Day Operations Section Chief Jeff Hinson said in an evening update, with “very few smokes” that were extinguished quickly.

Everything north of Highway 97 band the Black Butte area held on Wednesday, Hinton said.

The fire’s run south on Tuesday night “held up in Dillard Canyon,” Hinton said. Dozers, hand crews and retardant planes, along with rotor wing aircraft were able to get in the area on Wednesday. Firefighters overnight were looking to tie lines “into the rock of the Mount Shasta area.”

The fire picked up on the eastern flank Wednesday near the Whitney Creek and Bolam Creek areas, creating a towering pyrocumulonimbus plume that later collapsed.

According to scanner traffic, crews were being pulled from the area in advance of the collapse, which had the potential to create dangerous conditions.

A Pyrocumulus cloud rises above Black Butte from the Lava Fire on Wednesday evening, June 30, 2021.

Evacuations orders remain in the following areas

  • All homes north side of Hoy Road
  • North along Highway 97 to County Road A-12
  • Communities of Lake Shastina and Juniper Valley off Big Springs Road from Highway 97 to McDonald Lane
  • Big Springs Road on both east and west sides
  • Mount Shasta Vista Subdivision-County Road A-12 north and south
  • Harry Cash Road
  • Four Corners to Hart Road

Highway 97 remains closed between the City of Weed and the City of Dorris.

Skye Kinkade is the editor of the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers and the Siskiyou Daily News. She is a fourth generation, lifelong Siskiyou County resident.

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