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MT. SHASTA, Calif. - The Lava Fire started at midnight on June 24, 2021, so has been burning for more than one month. The expected containment date has moved to August 14, 2021. It has remained at the same size with nearly the same containment for quite a while now. It is burned 26,409 acres in Siskiyou County north of Weed on the slopes of Mt. Shasta and surrounding areas. Containment has reached 81%. 23 firefighters remain on the incident, mostly mopping up near Wildland Urban Interface areas (WUIs).
Road closures remain in effect due to road conditions, the location of fire personnel in the area, and the repair and construction of railroad bridges. The fire spread over the Union Pacific rail lines.
The fire destroyed 23 structures, 14 of which were single homes, and two structures are damaged, the U.S. Forest Service said.
Because of the prevalence of lava tubes in the fire areas which hold layers of burnable vegetation deep into the soil, smoky conditions in the area are expected to persist until put out by new rain.
The Forest Service said six firefighters were injured. These injuries range from minor to moderate injuries and three firefighters were transported by ambulance after being injured, the U.S. Forest Service said.
The Mt. Shasta Ranger Station is now open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The phone number is (530) 926-4511.
A helicopter from the Lava Fire performed an emergency landing into Lake Shastina due to unknown reasons. The cause is being investigated. The pilot was able to swim/walk away from the scene of the incident. There were no other passengers.
The helicopter was retrieved out of the lake as it had 200 gallons of jet fuel onboard. Officials said any fuel that leaked was contained with booms. They said that no wildlife impacts were observed at the site.
Evacuations and Road Closures
- None at this time
- None at this time
Check with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest for any related closures as mop-up continues.
The incident is being managed by CA Incident Management Team and in unified command with CAL FIRE.
On June 28, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Service said two drones were seen flying in the firefighting area which caused a halt to aerial operations for a brief period of time.
The Lava Fire was one of four started by lightning on Saturday, June 25, 2021. The other three lightning-caused fires were stopped at a tenth of an acre or less, according to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Service.
The fire started northwest of Weed in rough, rocky terrain.
The other lightning fires were the Zot Fire northwest of Mt. Eddy; the Eddy Fire southeast of Weed; and the Yellow Fire which is north of Highway 97 near Military Pass Road. All of these lightning-caused fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest have been contained, except for the Lava Fire.
The Lava Fire has spread over the Union Pacific rail lines and reconstruction of damaged trestles is ongoing.