Crews continue mopping up Boles Fire, evacuation center relocated

Sep 17, 2014 12:08 PM by News Staff

Fire crews are continuing to mop up after the Boles Fire devastated the town of Weed Monday afternoon, but evacuations remain in place for the community of Angel Valley.

As of Wednesday morning, Cal Fire is reporting that the blaze has burned 375 acres and is 25 percent contained. The area remains under a fire weather watch, and south winds could be around 10 to 15 mph, wind gusts could be up to 25 mph in some of the northern zones this afternoon.

The community of Angel Valley remains under a mandatory evacuation because of the extreme damage and destruction in the area. Power in the area is still out, but crews with Pacific Power Corporation are working to restore service.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday the evacuation centers at Mt. Shasta High School and Yreka High School have merged into a new evacuation center at the Mt. Shasta Armory, next door to Mt. Shasta High School.

Fire officials say that at least 150 structures were damaged or destroyed and a significant number of those structures were homes. The fire destroyed the Holy Family Catholic Church and badly damaged Weed's largest employer the Roseburg Mill.

Students at Weed Elementary School, and Weed High School are out of school indefinitely. At this time no plan has been made about when they will resume classes or if they may be transferred to another school.

A donation center has been set up at the First Southern Baptist Church in Yreka and the Hope Community Church in Mt. Shasta. They are asking for large boxes, plastic bins and reusable shopping bags.

In Redding, a food drive is being held at the First United Methodist Church at 1825 East Street and The Shasta Regional Community Foundation has set up a disaster relief fund, the fund will provide direct financial assistance to families, nonprofits and organizations impacted by the fire.

Cleanrite Buildrite has also set up a drop off center at their Redding office, 19690 N. Hirsch Ct. in Anderson.

A Facebook page called Siskiyou County Fire Donations has been set up, people interested in donating should monitor the page for donation opportunities.

In Chico, donations can be dropped off at Anika Burke at 211 Main St., or Alternative Energy Systems at 13620 Highway 99. Donations will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

People are asked to contribute warm and cold weather clothes for adults and children, hygiene products (soap, shampoo, tampons) and infant and toddler products (diapers, wipes, bottles, formula).


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