Bully Fire still ripping through Ono-area at full-force

Jul 15, 2014 8:54 PM

In Shasta County, the Bully Fire swelled past 8,000 acres on Tuesday, with only 20% containment.
So far, 8 homes have burned and evacuations remain in effect tonight.

Cal Fire expects to have it contained by Friday, assuming weather conditions don't get worse.

Firefighters continue to battle the Bully Fire, as it continues to rip through the Ono area for the 5th straight day.

"Overnight...the fire grew an additional 1,000 acres..."

More than 2,000 fire crews have been assigned to the fire since it broke out Friday afternoon.

"We're still getting the typical winds every single day...you can tell, you can feel it, and wind is a firefighter's worst enemy."

The Salvation Army has stepped in to help ease conditions by handing out food to keep fire personnel alert and ready for what may come their way.

"We're feeding 3 times a day to the evacuation center, road blocks and anybody who is hungry."

"...they bring Gatorade and snacks and water and stuff...not only for us, but I see them taking it out to the firefighters, so it's appreciated."

Back out on Bully Choop Road, crews are keeping an eye on the flames, making sure they don't jump the fire line.

"It's always a double battle...the boots on the ground cutting the fire line and hitting it as hard as we can with all the helicopters and air tankers."

The Bully Fire is burning on two different flanks -- firefighters are actively trying to contain the Eastern area, where evacuated homes are being threatened.

"We're fighting a grave battle here."

A total of 68 structures are threatened at this point, and 18 have been destroyed since Friday.

Two firefighters were injured today, bringing the total number of injuries up to 7.
Both were airlifted to a nearby hospital -- one for an allergic reaction from a bee sting -- the other for a back injury.

Cal Fire PIO Tina Rose says as long it's dry, hot and windy -- the flames will not subside.

"What we wanna do today is try to get as much fire line around this fire as possible, to put out as much fire as possible, but it's not gonna be easy."

A disaster relief center is still open to evacuees at the Ono Elementary School on Placer Street in Igo.


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