A wildfire started in Igo Sunday afternoon, quickly growing to 400 acres and forcing Whiskeytown National Recreation Area to close portions of the park. Here is the alert from Whiskeytown officials, including which portions of the park are closed:
“Effective immediately, for your safety, the south side of the park is closed. A fire was started and is growing rapidly near the southern boundary. Kennedy Memorial Drive is closed at Whiskeytown Dam, and Crystal Creek Road is closed. Day use areas including Whiskeytown Falls, Crystal Creek Falls, Brandy Creek Beach, and Brandy Creek Marina are closed.“
The fire burning off Zogg Mine Road in Igo has prompted mandatory evacuations in the area as Shasta County residents fear another devastating wildfire could be in their midst. Road closures were in effect on Clear Creek Road at Cloverdale Road, Platina Road at Rainbow Lake Road, and Placer Road at the Clear Creek Bridge.
In 2018, the Carr Fire burned 90 percent of Whiskeytown causing historic damage. Utility poles and power lines are down throughout the park and a sewage treatment plant was destroyed. At least seven cabins were destroyed at the popular N.E.E.D. Camp, an environmental camp for elementary students. Oak Bottom Marina was hit hard by the fire, including the destruction of over 40 boats.
We will continue to update this situation as more information is made available.