Another devastating wildfire is burning in Northern California, which has destroyed approximately 150 homes in the Happy Camp area of Siskiyou County and has grown to 40,000 acres, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff. The fire has now moved across the Oregon border with no containment.
Video taken by Jason Rasmussen shows the devastation in Happy Camp:
The fire started on the night of September 7 and was pushed by the heavy winds that persisted overnight on September 8. An evacuation order was issued for the town of Happy Camp as well as various roads adjacent to Happy Camp. Currently Highway 96 is closed from Fort Goff on the northeast side of Happy Camp and to Clear Creek on the southwest side. The Grayback Road is closed from Happy Camp northwest to Oregon. The community of Gasket, California has also been ordered to evacuate.
This was taken at 3:30 p.m., in Gasquet, Calif., about 20 miles west of the #SlaterFire, which started only this morning. I've never seen anything like it before in my life. pic.twitter.com/YCPYLwxPm5— Tomney Man (@TomNeyman) September 9, 2020
Current evacuation orders are posted on Siskiyou County Sheriff Department Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff/.
For Del Norte County evacuation information see https://www.facebook.com/DelNorteOfficeOfEmergencyServices. Additional information on the Slater Fire is available on the Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7173/ and on Klamath National Forest Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KlamathNF/ and Klamath National Forest Twitter at https://twitter.com/Klamath_NF. The new Fire Information phone number is 530 324 2528.
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