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Lava Fire grows to more than 23,800 acres; some evacuations lifted

The focus of active firefighting efforts has shifted to the eastern side of the fire as lines around the communities of Weed and Lake Shastina become secured.

Posted: Jul 2, 2021 9:51 AM
Updated: Jul 2, 2021 10:15 AM

WEED, Calif. — Many of the people evacuated due to the Lava Fire were cleared to return home Thursday night as fire crews finish securing lines along the western flank of the fire, shifting the fire's growth toward the south and eastern sides and away from populated areas.

Residents of Lake Shastina and Carrick were allowed to return to their homes as of 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, with evacuation orders in those areas reduced to warnings. Highway 97 remained closed at Weed Boulevard to through traffic because of fire damage to the roadway, Siskiyou County officials said.

People trying to return home were advised to use alternate routes like Jackson Ranch Road from I-5 and County Road A-12 to Big Springs Road. An advisory remained in place due to lingering smoke and possible fire in the area.

"Stay alert and be aware of possible fire flare-ups along the east side of US 97," the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services said. "Please be prepared to provide documentation of proof of residency within the area being populated."

The Mount Shasta Vista Subdivision area remains under an evacuation order, though fire officials have indicated that a number of people in this area stayed behind. An interactive map of current evacuation areas on both the Tennant and Lava fires can be viewed here.

The Lava Fire continued to grow throughout Thursday and overnight, reaching 23,849 acres, but fire officials said that most of the activity is now occurring on the eastern flank, further into the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and toward the slopes of Mount Shasta. Lines on the western side — closer to the populated areas near Weed and Lake Shastina — have been increasingly secured and mopped up, with containment of the overall fire rising to 27 percent.

The Lava Fire was originally one of four fires sparked by last week's thunderstorms. Though fire crews managed to quickly find and contain all three, the Lava Fire came back to life after crews left, growing in the rocky terrain about 3.5 miles northeast of Weed and southeast of Lake Shastina.

On Sunday morning the fire was mapped at 220 acres with 25 percent containment, but it continued to spread rapidly amid the record heat. As of Monday morning, officials said that the fire covered roughly 1,446 acres with 20 percent containment. It ballooned in size throughout the day on Monday and through the night.

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