Lava Fire near Weed continues to grow as extreme heat hits the area, Evacuation Warnings still in place

The latest update from the U.S. Forest Service shows that a lightning-caused fire northeast of Weed, California has grown to about 410 acres. An Evacuation Warning have been issued to the following areas because of the Lava Fire. This includes State Route 97, north of Weed, CA: Angel Valley Road, Carrick Addition and Solus Drive

Posted: Jun 26, 2021 4:46 PM
Updated: Jun 27, 2021 2:48 PM

UPDATE: WEED, Calif.-- NewsWatch has just got off the phone was the U.S. Forest Service and has found that the Lava Fire, that is burning about 3.5 miles northeast of Weed off of Highway 97 in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has grown to about 410 acres in size.

According to estimates, that's about a 200 acre increase since late last night and approximately a 400% increase from yesterday morning.

Fire crews have told NewsWatch 12 that the fire is currently burning towards the southeast part of the area, on an upward slope towards Mount Shasta and away from the city of Weed. 

Winds in the area continue to present a challenge to firefighters along with the intense record-breaking heat in the area. Multiple aircraft continue to fight the fire along with several tankers, helicopters and personnel. 

Tomorrow a Type 2 Incident Management Team will be taking over the fire in the early parts in the morning.

All Evacuation Warnings that have been issued to the following areas because of the Lava Fire, including: State Route 97, north of Weed, CA: Angel Valley Road, Carrick Addition and Solus Drive are still in place according to the Siskiyou Co. Sheriff's Office.

(UPDATED 6/27/21 2:46 P.M.)


UPDATE: WEED, Calif.-- According to the latest update from the U.S. Forest Service, the Lava Fire which is burning about 3.5 miles northeast of Weed off of Highway 97 in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has grown to roughly 220 acres.

All Evacuation Warnings that have been issued to the following areas because of the Lava Fire, including: State Route 97, north of Weed, CA: Angel Valley Road, Carrick Addition and Solus Drive are still in place according to the Siskiyou Co. Sheriff's Office.

A lightning strike caused the initial start of the fire Friday morning, but was only around two to three acres in size Saturday morning according to the Forest Service.

Approximately 25% of the fire is lined according to the latest update from the U.S. Forest Service. 


UPDATE: WEED, Calif.-- An Evacuation Warning have been issued to the following areas because of the Lava Fire. This includes State Route 97, north of Weed, CA: Angel Valley Road, Carrick Addition and Solus Drive according to the Siskiyou Co. Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office is asking all residents in those effected areas, to be ready to evacuate at a moments notice. 

(UPDATED 6/26/21 5:42 P.M.)


WEED, Calif. — A lightning-caused fire that started Friday morning has now grown eight times in size to now 80 acres as of Saturday afternoon, according to the US Forest Service. The Lava Fire is burning about 3.5 miles northeast of Weed off of Highway 97 in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

According to USFS officials, winds and extreme temperatures pushed the once 10-acre fire into a dry patch of land, causing the fire to spread quickly.

Multiple crews and aircraft are working to quell the flames and stop the fire from spreading, according to the USFS. The fire is visible from US Highway 97 and I-5, and officials are asking people to avoid the area to allow crews to work unencumbered.

The fire is burning in rough, rocky terrain in brush and second-growth timber, according to the InciWeb report posted by the US Forest Service.

This is a developing story and updates will be posted as they become available.

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