WEED, Ca.-- Fire crews continue to work toward the containment of the Lava Fire.
So far, 24,752 acres have burned and flames are 39% contained. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest crews do not expect full containment until approximately Monday, July 12.
Live fuel moistures are low at this point.
Overnight fire behavior continued to moderate and there was no effect from nocturnal thunderstorms observed. There was only growth on the southeast portion of the Lava Fire as it continues to creep up the inaccessible slopes of Mt Shasta and interior pockets of fuels continued to burn.
Very dry and unstable conditions remain in portions of Eastern Sikiyou.
Weather conditions will be unstable July 4 with plume domination possible in the afternoon. There could be a few showers and thunderstorms that develop in the afternoon and evening. Gusty and erratic winds are also possible.
Planned actions for the fire are to protect critical infrastructure and cultural resources using direct tactics supported by aircraft. Crews will also continue control line operations and mop-up while contingency planning also remains a high priority.
Approximately 1,200 residents of communities of Lake Shastina and Carrick continue to return to their residences. Fire has spread over the Union Pacific rail lines and reconstruction of damaged trestles has begun. The fire is still active, with spread to the northeast mid slope of Mt. Shasta.