Breaking News Update: Wildfire burning 650 acres 2 miles west of Weaverville

Aug 24, 2014 10:52 PM by News Staff

Breaking News Update: Crews working through the night in steep terrain are building containment lines around a wildfire near the rural Northern California town of Weaverville that forced the evacuation of about 200 homes.

CalFire spokeswoman Cris Hartman said early Monday that the fire is 25 percent contained.

She says the flames did not spread overnight. The fire has burned a little more than 1 square mile, or 650 acres, of timber and brush about 2 miles west of the Gold Rush-era boomtown.

Hartman says the blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near Highway 299, has damaged one structure, likely a barn or a large outbuilding.

The fire is currently burning at a rapid rate of spread. Extremely steep terrain and winds are making containment difficult for firefighters. Numerous ground and air resources are working on the fire with additional units responding.

Just after 4 the fire started behind the Weaverville High School. It is spreading in a Northerly direction.

Door to door evacuations are taking place at the following places: Leslie Ln, Weaver Bally Rd, Weaver Bally Estates, Fisher Price Ln, Ridge Rd, Easter Ave, Barbara Ave, Garden Gulch, Browns Ranch Rd, Squires Ln, East Weaver Creek Rd, Airport Rd, Brooks Ln, Squires Ln.

An evacuation center is set up at Weaverville Elementary School 31020 HIGHWAY 3 WEAVERVILLE, CA.

Winds are gusting up to 30 mph. The cause is still under investigation.

Photo courtesy of Trinity County DOT

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