Red flag conditions will bring new challenges Wednesday for firefighters on all the Northstate fires. The Dixie Fire is threatening to spread into Susanville, and grew by by another 10,000 acres to over 635,728 acres. Containment has improved to 33%. More than 700 homes are confirmed destroyed, along with hundreds of commercial and other structures. All Butte County evacuation orders, and some in Plumas County, have been reduced to warnings, but vast areas remain under mandatory evacuation.Tehama County evacuations have been expanded, including for Cold Creek to the Plumas County line and Mineral to the Shasta County line. Evacuations orders were downgraded to warnings on Wednesday for Lake Almanor, Chester, and for areas along Highway 36 between Chester and Highway 32. 3 firefighters have been injured. There are more than 6,000 personnel working the Dixie Fire. It started in the Feather River Canyon July 13th, apparently from a PG&E equipment failure.
The McFarland Fire is threatening Platina after it doubled in size since Monday. It’s now more than 107,100 acres, and containment has reduced to 51%. The McFarland is straddling the Shasta/Trinity County line south of Hayfork. Evacuation orders are in effect for one mile north of Highway 36 from Platina to Vestal Road, all homes south of Highway 36 including all of Tedoc Road, east to and including all of Vestal Road north of Pettyjohn Road, and west of Canon Road to the Tehama/Trinity County line. Highway 36 is closed from Bowman Road to Highway 3.
Evacuation orders were issued Wednesday for the Hayfork area. All areas north of Highway 3 from Hayfork to Hayfork Summit are now under a mandatory evacuation order, according to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office. That includes areas north of the intersection of Highway 3 and Hyampom Road to 9 Mile Bridge. Warnings were issued Tuesday for Weaverville and Douglas City as the Monument Fire grew by over 9,000 acres and now covers more than 128,600 acres. Containment is still at only 10%.Evacuations are ordered for Sky Ranch Road, Junction City and everything all the way to Burnt Ranch, as well as Barker Mountain and areas northwest of Hayfork Summit. Crews have successfully held the fire west of the North Fork of the Trinity River. At least 32 structures have been confirmed destroyed, including the Ironside Lookout and a communications repeater site used by the Forest Service. Highway 299 is closed from the Oregon Mountain Summit west of Weaverville to 4 miles west of Burnt Ranch.