Sep 11, 2014 11:16 AM by News Staff
Authorities say the wildfire burning near Bella Vista continues to threaten homes and shutdown Shasta County roads.
The Gulch Fire, burning in Jones Valley, is currently threatening more than 100 homes a Cal Fire spokesperson said Thursday morning. Evacuations remain in place for homes on Aloha and Blue Sky Roads, as well as Woodman Lane, Holiday Way and all roads off of Holiday Way and Dusty Oaks Trail.
An evacuation center has been set up at Foothill High School in Palo Cedro.
The fire has grown to approximately 1,200 acres and is 15 percent contained.
Cal Fire officials say the fire is burning in heavy brush and steep terrain and today's expected dry and windy conditions continue to keep the risk of spot fires high.
Investigators say the fire originally started around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when a vehicle caught fire on Backbone Road. The fire was four to six acres and reported as 80 percent contained late Wednesday morning, but a spot fire broke out around noon Wednesday spreading rapidly and forcing evacuations and road closures.
Anyone with questions can call the Cal Fire public information line at (530) 225-2510.
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