Sep 15, 2014 7:54 PM by News Staff
A Cal Fire official said Monday afternoon that the Boles Fire near the town of Weed has destroyed at least 100 structures and forced thousands of people to evacuate.
The fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. and has reportedly damaged the power According to the Siskiyou County Fire Chiefs Association Facebook page the Entire Morris subdivision is fully involved.
More than 1,000 homes and businesses are threatened. The blaze has also burned Weed's Catholic Church and the Roseburg Lumber Mill has been significantly damaged. The Red Cross has set up evacuation shelters at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds in Yreka, and Mt. Shasta High School.
Winds are gusting up to 40 mph and are pushing flames into the town. Siskiyou County sheriff's deputies have gone door-to-door to evacuate the entire town of 3,000 and nearby Carrick and Lake Shastina.
Interstate 5 was closed around 3 p.m. Monday, but reopened at 6 p.m. in both directions from south Weed to south Yreka. U.S. 97 northbound remains closed at Weed and southbound at County Road A-12. Both the northbound and southbound rest areas in Weed are closed due to a power outages.
According to Pacific Power Corporation nearly 434 customers are without power, and the lack of power is making it difficult for firefighters to access water. At approximately 5 p.m. fire crews called 20 more water tenders to the scene.
Cal Fire public information officer Suzi Brady say the cause of the fire is under investigation, but the California Highway Patrol incident page (pictured below) indicates that officials may have identified a suspect in the fire.
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