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Rock Fire near Whiskeytown Lake contained at 108 acres

The Rock Fire burning near Whiskeytown Lake is 108 acres and 95% contained Wednesday morning.

Posted: Jun 16, 2021 7:23 AM
Updated: Jun 20, 2021 3:29 PM

UPDATE 3:27 p.m. Sunday - CAL FIRE has reported that the Rock Fire off of Benson Dr. and Rock Creek Rd. east of Whiskeytown in Shasta County is now 100% contained. The fire started on June 15, 2021, and was contained on June 20, 2021.

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UPDATE 9:50 a.m. Sunday -The Rock Fire remains 95% contained and 108 acres in size. The cause is still undetermined at this time.

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UPDATE 10:00 a.m. Saturday -The Rock Fire is now 95% contained. Highway 70 was reopened last night, according to the Plumas County Sheriff's Office. As of Saturday, the evacuations are still in place.

The evacuation order is for residents along East Sierra Avenue from North Second Street to Meadow Way; East Quincy Avenue between North Second Street to North Fourth Street; Rheinfelder Street, ; and the west end of Rocky Point Road.

There is an evacuation center at the Portola Station Baptist Church at 171 South Gulling Street in Portola.

The Plumas County  Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information on the fire to call them at (530) 283-6300. A State Certified Fire Investigator is actively working on the case. An arrest was made on Friday in relation to the Fourth Street Fire.

Eric Anderson, a 29-year-old, was arrested in connection with the fire. The felony charge is 452(b) PC - Unlawfully causing a fire that caused an inhabited structure to burn. Anderson was transported to the Plumas County Correctional Facility.

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UPDATE 8:52 a.m. Friday: CAL FIRE said the Rock Fire is now 85% contained and 108 acres. 

The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon.

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UPDATE 8:20 a.m. Thursday: CAL FIRE said the fire is now 65% contained and is still at 108 acres.

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WHISKEYTOWN, Calif. - UPDATE: CAL FIRE said that the Rocks Fire in the area of Rock Creek and Benson Drive is now 108 acres and 60% contained. 

There are currently nine fire engines, five water tenders and three hand crews working to contain the fire. They will be there overnight and for the next few days.

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CAL FIRE reports Wednesday morning the Rock Fire burning in the area of Rock Creek Road and Benson Drive is now 45% contained and grew to 100 acres overnight. 

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office did not announce any evacuation orders or road closures. 

For more details on the fire click here.

This is a developing story. Action News Now will keep you updated with new information. 

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