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CAL FIRE: Saturday's fire in Burney caused by escaped campfire

Courtesy of Raquel Urena

CAL FIRE officials said the River Fire was reported at 12:42 p.m. on Saturday in Burney and was started by an escaped campfire.

Posted: Jun 5, 2021 1:52 PM
Updated: Jun 8, 2021 12:25 PM

Update Tuesday, June 8, 2021: Firefighters have determined the fire was caused by an escaped campfire in the area of an illegal encampment, according to the Shasta Trinity CAL FIRE unit.

CAL FIRE said no one has been arrested. 

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Updated 5:35 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021 - According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office all of the evacuations for the River Fire have been lifted and all roads are now open.

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Updated 5:15 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021 - Bartel Street remains under a mandatory evacuation order due to the large fire crew working in the area. Residents of all over evacuated streets are now allowed to return home.

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Updated 3:23 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021 - The River Fire is 20-percent contained at this time. According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, the fire burned seven acres. The Sheriff's Office reports that 40-45 homes have been evacuated from a neighborhood behind the Pit River Casino. They said no structures have been damaged from this fire at this time.

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Updated 2:35 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021 - Hard road closures are now established at Bartel Street, Sapphire and Bartel Street, and at Park Avenue due to the River Fire. Only law enforcement and firefighting personnel are being allowed in the area.

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Updated 2:21 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021 - Mandatory evacuations have been ordered by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office for Park Avenue to Mowry Lane in Burney.

Just ten minutes prior to that evacuation order the Shasta County Sheriff's Office shared that mandatory evacuations were in place for Park Avenue from Pit River Casino to Bartel Street and also for the west side of Bartel Street.

Evacuation advisories had been issued for Park Avenue, Sapphire Road, and Galena Circle. Since then part of Park Avenue (to Mowry Lane) has turned into an evacuation order. Sapphire Road and Galena Circle remain as evacuation advisories.

All evacuees are asked to go to Burney High School for shelter. The address of the high school is 37571 Mountain View Road in Burney, California.

According to the Sheriff's Office, their Shasta County Search and Rescue division is assisting with evacuations.

Road closures are being operated by the Shasta County Department of Public Works and the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

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BURNEY, Calif. – CAL FIRE’s Shasta-Trinity Unit has reported the River Fire. By 1:40 p.m. it had burned four or five acres in Burney. It was first reported at 12:42 p.m. on Saturday.

A spokesperson for CAL FIRE said there are evacuations taking place at this time behind the Pit River Casino.

Action News Now is reaching out to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office to get official details about the evacuations.

Please check this article periodically for official updates concerning the River Fire.

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