The Lava Fire continues to grow north of Mount Shasta in Siskiyou County, putting residents in the area on high alert. There have been no estimates in terms of acres burned so far, but the fire sat at 1,446 acres and 20 percent containment as of Monday morning.
On Monday afternoon, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office announced new evacuation orders in the region. Here are the current evacuation orders as of 3 pm Monday:
- Lake Shastina Area
- Juniper Valley Area
- Mount Shasta Vista Subdivision
- County Road A-12 north and south
- Harry Cash Road, 4 Corners to Hart Road
Made it through minutes before CHP closed Hwy 97! pic.twitter.com/vK9AXgERoz— S Hayes (@SHayesUSA) June 28, 2021
The fire began during a lightning storm in the Shasta Trinity National Forest earlier in the week and is being pushed by dry fuel conditions in the area. As the wind continues to move throughout the region, firefighters will continue to battle the flames is populated areas.
Aerial firefighting has been a crucial tool during the Lava Fire, with four air tankers working non-stop to assist with firefighters on the ground. On two separate occasions, unauthorized drones were flying in the area, briefly halting the air operations.
Looks like #LavaFire on western flank of Mt. Shasta is making a pretty aggressive down/cross-slope push due to diurnal wind shift. Rotating column/pyroCu visible at times on fire cams/satellite imagery. Record heat in the area today. #CAwx #CAfire pic.twitter.com/40va32CieF— Daniel Swain (@Weather_West) June 28, 2021
“Federal, state, and local wildland fire management agencies and the Federal Aviation Administration urge members of the public not to fly “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” or drones over or near wildfires,” said the U.S. Forest Service in a statement “Unauthorized drone flights pose serious risks to firefighter and public safety and the effectiveness of wildfire suppression operations.”
We will continue to update the situation as more information is made available.