Oregon Fire evacuations lifted

Aug 25, 2014 9:13 PM

As of 6 p.m. Monday evening, the Trinity County Sheriff's Office has lifted all evacuation orders and closed down the evacuation center.
The good news comes less than 24 hours after the fire started.
Fire investigators won't say if the fire was deliberately set or just an accident, but they say a truck carrying a boat on a trailer was traveling on Highway 299 near Weaverville when the trailer unhitched, sparking the Oregon Fire.

CAL Fire crews - on the ground and in the air -- started mopping up this morning on Weaver Bally Road once they were able to cap the Oregon Fire at 650 acres.
The blaze started just before 5 p.m. Sunday evening along Highway 299 near Oregon Mountain Summit -- heavy winds quickly fanned the flames in a northerly direction.

"There were very windy conditions...the terrain in Trinity County is very rugged and challenging for firefighters...it really gave them a struggle."

The Trinity County Sheriff's Office placed mandatory evacuation orders in the immediate area just hours after the fire started - as of 8 a.m. Monday morning -- those orders were reduced to a warning advisory thanks to calm weather conditions.

"The winds settled and the fire laid down allowing firefighters to make good progress on the fire..."
Close to 200 structures were threatened - so far, CAL Fire confirms a barn on Weaver Bally Road was the only structure destroyed by the fire.

"Last (Sunday) night it was approximately 450 acres at 0% containment...it then increased to 650 acres with 0% containment..."

Less than 24 hours later, fire crews had the fire at 25% containment.
Smoldering vegetation now replaces the area where flames were once ignited.

"The plan is to take advantage of cooler weather in the evenings to increase progress and containment of the fire."

One firefighter suffered minor injuries from the blaze -
Both lanes of Highway 299 at Oregon Mountain Summit were reopened Monday afternoon.
CAL Fire has no estimated date of full containment for the Oregon Fire.


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