Friday, August 23, 2019

[CaliforniaDisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (August 23)

2013: The Windy Peak wildfire was in Sequoia-Kings Canyon NP and the ignition was 8/23/13 and the cause was from lightning strikes. 
The location was 14 Miles North of Cedar Grove (Fresno County). 
The size was 681 acres and containment was finally reached on 10/20/13. The cost to containment was $80,000.

2013: Heavy thunderstorms on the San Jacinto Mountains.
Debris and water came down from the Mountain Fire burn into Palm Springs.

2013: The Fish widlfire was in the Sequoia NF and the ignition date was 8/23/13. 
The cause was lightning and the location was 25 Miles Northeast of Springville (Tulare County).
The size was 2060 acres and containment was reached on 9/5/13. 
The cost to containment was $4.52 Million.

1995: Thunderstorms with winds estimated at 75 mph dropped up to 1.50" of rain in 10 minutes.
A man's body is found pinned against a tree on the bank of a wash channel near Tioga Way in the Las Vegas Hilton Country Club golf course.
A witness says the man had been sleeping under a bridge at Koval Lane before the deluge swept him away. 

1988: A strong thunderstorm (a rare event for summer) rolled through Orange County, knocking out power to 40,000 people.

1967: Numerous thunderstorms hit southwest San Bernardino County.
Flash floods swept through Yucaipa, Redlands, Wrightwood, Lucerne Valley and Adelanto.
In Yucaipa huge chunks of pavement were washed into homes, causing damage.

1961: Flooding resulting from a thunderstorm covered roads with water and mud, trapping passengers in at least 20 cars in the Mojave area.
Railroad tracks were blocked with debris for up to 18 hours.

1961: Thunderstorms hit Angelus Oaks and Forest Home (now Forest Falls), and across the high desert including Victorville and Lucerne Valley.
Roads were closed because of water and mud, up to five feet deep at the "Y" between Forest Home and Camp Angelus.
One family was trapped in mud attempting to drive through it.
Homes around Bell Mountain northeast of Victorville were smothered in mud.
Water rose to 12 feet deep in this area.

1955: Heavy thunderstorms hit the San Bernardino Mountains and deserts.
Highways 66 and 91 were blocked by "wide rivers" of flash flood waters.
Rocks and mud covered roadways west of Barstow and in Forest Home (Forest Falls).

1931: King City had a high temperature of 113° F.

1931: The high temperature at Reno, NV was 98° F.

1856: A M7.8 earthquake in Japan caused rises in the San Diego Bay 12 feet over the high water mark.

Source: NWS San Francisco/Monterey, Hanford, Reno, Las Vegas, & San Diego

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[CaliforniaDisasters] South Ops News & Notes Update (8/22/2019-6:05PM)

Glossary:
DPA = Direct Protection Area
FRA = Federal Responsibility Area

Date
Time
News and Notes
08/22/2019 1805

Federal
Broder, Vegetation Fire, Tulare County, New
Broder Meadow
Federal DPA, FRA Sequoia National Forest
Start date/time: 08/08 @1220

  • 140 acres, grass and brush, 40% contained
  • Moderate fire behavior with backing and creeping
  • Suppression strategy is monitor/contain
  • Incident Location
  • Reporting on incident once a week Thursdays at 1800

Springs, Vegetation Fire, Mono County, Update
13 miles southeast of Lee Vining
Federal DPA, FRA Inyo National Forest

  • 3,104 (+1,368) acres, grass and brush, 41% contained (+22% containment)
  • Moderate rate of spread with flanking, backing and isolated torching
  • Suppression strategy is monitor/confine
  • Incident submitting one ICS-209 Thursdays at 1800

Cow, Vegetation Fire, Tulare County, Update
Golden Trout Wilderness, 13 miles west of Olancha
Federal DPA, FRA Inyo National Forest

  • 180 (+133) acres, grass and brush, 1% contained (+0% containment)
  • Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and creeping
  • Suppression strategy is monitor/confine
  • Incident submitting one ICS-209 Thursdays at 1800

Kelty, Vegetation Fire, Mono County, Update
13 miles west of Benton
Federal DPA, FRA Inyo National Forest

  • 3.5 (+0) acres grass and brush, 0% contained (-1% containment)
  • Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering
  • Suppression strategy is monitor/confine
  • Incident submitting one ICS-209 Thursdays at 1800
Source: https://gacc.nifc.gov/oscc/news.php
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[CaliforniaDisasters] North Ops News & Notes Update (8/22/2019-6:30PM)

Glossary:
SHU = Shasta Unit CAL FIRE

Dates
Time
News and Notes
08/22/2019 1830 CA-SHU Mountain Fire: 600 acres, grass and brush, 20% contained. Structures are threatened with evacuations orders in place. Road closures are in effect for the fire area.
08/22/2019 1545 CA-SHU Mountain Fire: 600 acres, grass and brush, 0% contained. Structures are threatened with evacuations in progress. Road closures are in effect for the fire area.
08/22/2019 1237 CA-SHU Mountain Fire: 200 acres, grass and brush, 0% contained. Structures are threatened with evacuations in progress. Road closures are in effect for the fire area.
08/22/2019 1150 CA-SHU Mountain Fire: 20 acres, grass and brush with a moderate rate of spread. Structures are threatened with evacuations in progress. Road closures are in effect for the fire area. Map
Source: https://gacc.nifc.gov/oncc/news.php
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[CaliforniaDisasters] 5.0 earthquake felt near Ridgecrest

5.0 earthquake felt near Ridgecrest

The 5.0 earthquake occurred at a depth of 1.5 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The 5.0 earthquake occurred at a depth of 1.5 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
(Quakebot)

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake hit the Ridgecrest area on Thursday, the latest aftershocks from the magnitude 6.4 and 7.1 temblors that hit in July, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Thursday's earthquake occurred 43 miles from California City, 65 miles from Tehachapi, 68 miles from Bakersfield and 70 miles from Porterville.

In the last 10 days, there have been 17 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

There have been numerous aftershocks from the July 4 and 5 quakes, the largest in Southern California in nearly two decades.

An average of five earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.0 to 6.0 occur every year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three-year data sample.

Thursday's earthquake occurred at a depth of 1.5 miles.

Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

Find out what to do before, and during, an earthquake near you by reading our five-step earthquake preparedness guide.

This story was generated by Quakebot, a computer application that monitors the latest earthquakes detected by the USGS. A Times editor reviewed the post before it was published. If you're interested in learning more about the system, visit our list of frequently asked questions.


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[CaliforniaDisasters] Small Swarm Follows Magnitude 5.0 Quake Near Ridgecrest [VIDEO]

Small Swarm Follows Magnitude 5.0 Quake Near Ridgecrest


A 5.0 magnitude temblor struck the Ridgecrest area Thursday afternoon, one of several thousand aftershocks to rattle the region after two major quakes this summer.

An earthquake struck about 20 miles north of Ridgecrest on Aug. 22, 2019. (Credit: U.S. Geological Survey)

An earthquake struck about 20 miles north of Ridgecrest on Aug. 22, 2019. (Credit: U.S. Geological Survey)

The quake hit about 1:49 p.m. with an epicenter within the Naval Air Warfare Center China Lake property in Inyo County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It struck about 20 miles north of Ridgecrest. The closet population center is Little Lake, about 11 miles away.

The magnitude 5.0 was quickly followed by a swarm of smaller aftershocks, including four magnitude 3.0 and greater and three above 2.0, USGS says.

There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

People reported feeling the shaking in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Central valleys.

More than 80,000 earthquakes are estimated to have rattled the region since July 4 in a sequence following two of Southern California's largest earthquakes in 20 years.

Damage from those two quakes, magnitudes 7.1 and 6.4, caused more than $5 billion worth of damage to the China Lake weapons facility, according to Navy estimates released last week.

The aftershock series is expected to continue for months, or even years.



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[CaliforniaDisasters] Mountain Fire burns 600 acres with 20% containment near Bella Vista [VIDEOS]

Mountain Fire burns 600 acres with 20% containment near Bella Vista


KRCR-TV Redding

Update as of 7:01 p.m., August 22, 2019:

Cal Fire says the Mountain Fire burning at Bear Mountain Road and Dry Creek Road in Jones Valley has burned 600 acres and is currently 20% contained.

Update as of 6:45 p.m., August 22, 2019:

According to Cal Fire officials, the previously reported 820 acres from Redding Fire Department Chief, Cullen Kreider, is incorrect.

They say the Mountain Fire is still at 600 acres with 0% containment.

We will post updated information as soon as new information from Cal Fire becomes available.


Update as of 5:33 p.m., August 22, 2019:

According to Redding Fire Department Chief, Cullen Kreider, the Mountain Fire has grown to 820 acres.

For assistane with animals, call SHASCOM non-emergency dispatch line (530) 245-6540.

The Evacuation Center is located at CrossPointe Community Church at 2960 Hartnell Avenue, across from Heritagetown Drive in Redding.


Update as of 5:30 p.m., August 22, 2019:

According to PG&E, power has been shut off in the area of the Mountain Fire, with about 1,200 customers currently impacted.

Update as of 4:30 p.m., August 22, 2019:

As per last update, the Mountain Fire remains at 600 acres, with 0% containment. These are the latest, confirmed numbers by Cal Fire officials.

On the Redding Rodeo's Facebook page, they say you can bring your evacuated live stock to the rodeo grounds at 715 Auditorium Drive.

Update as of 4:00 p.m., August 22, 2019:

As per last update, the Mountain Fire remains at 600 acres, with no containment.

According to new numbers by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, 1,110 homes/structures are threatened by the Mountain Fire, and 3,885 residents have been evacuated.

There are no injuries reported at this time.

Update as of 3:08 p.m., August 22, 2019

The Salvation Army will feed evacuees from the Mountain Fire. Representatives with the organization say that they're providing dinner to evacuees taking shelter at the evacuation center at CrossPointe Community Church in Redding.

Dinner for those needing assistance will be served at 5:30 p.m. Thursday evening.

Update as of 2:21 p.m., August 22, 2019:

Caltrans District 2 says SR 299 is now closed to westbound traffic at Deschutes Road due to the Mountain Fire. SR 299 remains closed to eastbound traffic at Old Oregon Trail.

Mountain Fire evacuation areas.


Update as of 1:55 p.m., August 22, 2019:

The Mountain Fire at Bear Mountain Road and Dry Creek Road near Jones Valley has burned 600 acres with 0% containment.

New road closures have been confirmed for Eastbound SR 299 at Old Oregon Trail, according to Caltrans.

Caltrans District 2 says motorists are advised to find alternate routes and avoid the area.

Update as of 1:50 p.m., August 22, 2019:

Here's a list of all the updated evacuation areas and road closures due to the Mountain Fire burning over 300 acres in Bella Vista.

  • 299 closed at Dry Creek
  • All roads that intersect on south side of Bear Mountain Rd
  • Christian
  • Creek Trail to Old Oregon and all roads that intersect
  • Driftwood
  • Dry Creek
  • Elk Trail East
  • Elk Trail West
  • High View
  • Hwy 299 East at Old Oregon Trail
  • Hwy 299 West at Deschutes Rd.
  • Jones Valley
  • Old Oregon Trail Northbound
  • Ravine Rd
  • Scotts Trail W of Bear Mountain
  • South side of Bear Mountain Rd. to Old Oregon Trail
  • Squaw Grass Trail
  • Wildwood Lane

Update as of 1:40 p.m., August 22, 2019:

Our KRCR Photographer on scene says the fire is mostly on the west side of Bear Mountain Road. At least one home has burned in the fire.

He says air crews are working bucket drops on the west side of Bear Mountain Road, South of Marti Lane.

The fire has jumped both sides of Bear Mountain, according to KRCR's Photographer on scene.


Update as of 1:17 p.m., August 22, 2019:

The Mountain Fire has burned 300 with 0% containment, according to Cal Fire officials.

New road closures are in effect for the following areas;

  • Highway 299 East at Old Oregon Trail
  • Highway 299 West at Deschutes Road
  • Old Oregon Trail Northbound.

Cal Fire officials from Butt County say they are sending a strike team of engines and dozers to assist Cal Fire Shasta County units on the Mountain fire.

The Superintendent from Bella Vista Elementary school says they are currently not under evacuation, however they have had many parents who are under evacuation as well as cautious parents coming to pick up their children. A third to half of all students are now gone, about 100 to 200 kids.

Update as of 1:12 p.m., August 22, 2019:

The evacuation center has been moved from the Shasta College Gymnasium to CrossPointe Community Church at 2960 Hartnell Avenue, across Heritagetown Drive in Redding.

According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, the Shasta College Campus is closed effective immediately.

Update as of 12:55 p.m., August 22, 2019:

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has ordered new evacuations for areas in Bella Vista due to the Mountain Fire.

Evacuations include the south side of Bear Mountain Road to Old Oregon Trail and all roads that intersect on the south side of Bear Mountain Road.

Mountain Fire evacuation areas.

Update as of 12:50 p.m., August 22, 2019:

New evacuations are in place for areas in Bella Vista due to the Mountain Fire which has burned 200 acres with 0% containment.

Evacuations include Creek Trail to Old Oregon Trail and all roads that intersect.

According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, Squaw Grass Trail and Wildwood Lane are being evacuated.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office says this fire is an ever changing situation and if you don't see your road listed and feel unsafe, you may evacuate to Shasta College.


Update as of 12:09 p.m., August 22, 2019:

According to Cal Fire officials, the Mountain Fire has burned 150 to 200 acres with 0% containment.


Update as of 12:09 p.m., August 22, 2019:

The Mountain Fire has burned 50 acres in the area of Bear Mountain Road and Dry Creek Road in Bella Vista.

New evacuations are in effect for the areas of Creek Trail and Ravine Road.

The turn pockets from SR 299 to Dry Creek Road (north) are currently closed.

People are asked to call 2-1-1 for any questions about road closures and evacuations.

Original

Cal Fire crews are responding to a vegetation fire in the area of Bear Mountain Road and Dry Creek Road in Bella Vista. The Shasta County Sheriffs Office has issued several evacuations.

Several units responded and a smoke plume was visible from Redding.

Evacuations include:

  • Dry Creek Road
  • Jones Valley Road
  • Elk Trail East & West
  • Christian Road
  • Driftwood Trail
  • Highview Trail
  • Scotts Trail
  • West of Bear Mountain Road
Mountain Fire evacuation areas.

An evacuation center is up and running at the Shasta College Gymnasium.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

[CaliforniaDisasters] UPDATE: Some evacs lifted for Mountain Fire, Hwy 299 reopened [VIDEO][PHOTO GALLERY]

UPDATE: Some evacuations lifted for Mountain Fire, officials open Highway 299

Damon Arthur, Alayna Shulman, David Benda and Matt Brannon, Redding Record Searchlight Published 11:21 a.m. PT Aug. 22, 2019 | Updated 10:37 p.m. PT Aug. 22, 2019

Update, 9:47 p.m. 

Officials are opening up Highway 299 and plan to repopulate a portion of the evacuated area Thursday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. 

"Effective at 10:00 p.m. tonight, Dry Creek Road at HWY 299 will be opened," the agency announced. 

Mandatory evacuations and road closures are now limited to the following areas: 

  • Bear Mountain Road from Christian Way to Dry Creek Road
  • Squaw Grass Trail at Dry Creek Road
  • Elk Trail West at Dry Creek Road
  • Northbound Intermountain Road and westbound Alice Lane.

Power is expected to be fully restored to Jones Valley on Friday at 8 a.m.

"Residents traveling in the vicinity are asked to drive with caution as fire apparatus and emergency personnel continue to work in the area. The evacuation center will remain open at the Crosspointe Community Church 2960 Hartnell Avenue in Redding," Cal Fire announced. 

Update, 8:40 p.m.

While the wind died down on the Mountain Fire this afternoon, helping firefighters get a handle on the blaze, a northerly breeze was expected to pick up overnight.

Winds from the north were forecast after midnight, with gusts up to 18 mph, said Craig Shoemaker, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

The winds were expected to die down by sunrise Friday morning, he said, with winds from the south at less than 10 mph.

However, temperatures are expected to reach as much as 105 degrees on Friday, he said. The high Thursday in Redding was 100 degrees.

Update, 8:20 p.m.

Cal Fire issued an update on the Mountain Fire in Jones Valley at 8:15 p.m. that said the fire remains at 600 acres and was 20% contained. There were 580 people still assigned to the fire.

Cal Fire said one structure was destroyed, but reporters on the fire saw at least two destroyed homes and several burned up outbuildings.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Tom Stroing said crews seemed to have slowed the fire as of about 6:30 p.m.

"It's looking pretty good right now, yes," Stroing said. 

Update, 7:48 p.m.

Shasta College classes at the main campus are canceled Friday, but the school said its downtown-campus classes are still on. Classes are still on at the school's Tehama County campus as well, except for ITV classes. 

Update, 7:03 p.m.

The Mountain Fire is now 20 percent contained and remains at 600 acres. Redding Fire Chief Cullen Kreider said earlier in the evening that the fire grew to 820 acres, but Cal Fire said at 7 p.m. it was still 600 acres. Kreider then posted an update saying "600+ acres" had burned. 

The agency said it plans to do updates on acreage and containment every day at 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. 

As the afternoon wore on and firefighters got a handle on the blaze, Nathan Hale and Chris Collins continued to do work around Hale's sister's house on Creek Drive.

Hale said they cut fire line using a tractor and cut brush using a chain saw in case the fire threatened the sister's home.

"It was moving pretty good," Hale said of the fire.

Collins said that at one point he saw a man running down the road, trying to get home. Collins said he gave him a ride but they had to drive through an area with flames on both sides of the road and the house was surrounded by flames.

They were able to retrieve the dogs — one of them was blind — and take them to a a neighbor's house Collins said.

Update, 6:45 p.m.

Highway 299 is closed to west- and eastbound traffic from Deschutes Road to Old Oregon Trail, the California Highway Patrol is reporting.

The closure is prompted by the ongoing battle to bring the Mountain Fire under control.

The CHP says the closure is not affecting northbound traffic on Interstate 5.

Update, 5:55 p.m.

PG&E has restored power to 450 customers. They turned off power to about 1,200 because of the fire, meaning 750 or so are still without power, a spokesman said. 

Update, 5:50 p.m.

Oasis Road is now open at Akrich Street, but there's still a hard closure in place for Bear Mountain Road at Oasis Road. 

Update, 5:30 p.m.

The Mountain Fire is now 820 acres, Redding Fire Chief Cullen Kreider said. 

Update, 5:20 p.m.

Crews are "starting to get a handle" on the fire, a Cal Fire spokesperson said. 

But an update on acreage wasn't available as of about 5:15 p.m.

"We're making really good progress," said Cheryl Buliavac, a spokesperson for Cal Fire in Shasta County. 

Buliavac said the biggest challenge for firefighters right now is the northern end near Bear Mountain Road.  

Update, 4:45 p.m.

Sharon Jerge was stuck in traffic near the fire Thursday afternoon, trying to get to her pets after leaving to deliver a dog to the Bay Area, she said. 

Jerge said she normally doesn't like to leave the animals when there's fire danger because "This is what I was afraid of." 

4:40 p.m.: Residents evacuate with flames close behind

Terrie Smith evacuated from her home near the corner of Driftwood and Creek trail and drove down Bear Creek Road until she found some shade and cell phone service.

Smith, joined in her Subaru by her dog Bella and four cats, said she was nervous about whether her house survived the fire.

"It'll be by the grace of God if my house is still standing," she said.

She was working in her yard when sheriff's deputies told her to leave. "I had no time to get anything," she said

A home off Bear Mountain Road is engulfed in flames on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. The Mountain Fire in the Jones Valley is threatening 1,100 structures.

A home off Bear Mountain Road is engulfed in flames on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. The Mountain Fire in the Jones Valley is threatening 1,100 structures. (Photo: Mike Chapman/Record Searchlight)

When she left home with her animals and suitcases she could see flames on the hillside behind her house. A neighbor said there was fire in his yard, but she wasn't sure about how her own home fared.

She was also concerned about the two horses that she left behind. She also had indoor cats, but she left a door ajar for them so they could escape the house.

Prior to Thursday's fire, Smith said she was worried the area north of Redding would get hit by fire this summer.

"We just had a feeling, all of us out here north of Redding, because the west side (of Redding) burned up last year," she said. "So many family and friends lost their homes."

While Smith, who lives south of Bear Mountain Road, was evacuated ahead of the fire. Many residents living on the north side of Bear Mountain Road were allowed to remain.

Crowds of people stood alongside the road and watched the smoke plumes in the distance and the occasional air tanker drop loads of retardant ahead of the fire.

Update, 4:20 p.m.

Steven Griffith said he stayed behind to save his home on Driftwood Trail, but there were moments when it appeared he was going to lose that battle.

He said the fire jumped Bear Mountain Road in a matter of minutes and raced south up the hill toward his house.

"My son was yelling, telling me 'We gotta go! We gotta go!' Everything was on fire," Griffith said, pointing and moving his arm in a circle in the air.

He stayed behind while his wife, son and grandson left and got a motel in Redding.

"I'm 71 years old. If that house goes I do too," he said.

While Griffith's house survived, the fire destroyed several outbuildings, a fifth-wheel trailer, bicycles, tools and other items in his yard.

Griffith said as the fire encircled his home he ran around with a rake and shovel putting out spot fires, trying to keep them from getting larger.

He said a fire crew showed up and helped save his home as well, he said

While Griffith's home was spared, another house just down the hill from him was destroyed. Only the metal frame of a trailer and other twisted metal remained.

4:05 p.m.: 3,885 people evacuated from the fire

There are 3,885 people evacuated from the fire, the sheriff's office announced. No one has been injured. 

4 p.m.: 1200 Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers lose power

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has turned off the power of about 1,200 customers in the area of the Mountain Fire, spokesman Paul Moreno said.

The utility did it for the safety of the firefighters and others, Moreno said.

Update, 3:25 p.m.

Shasta County Sheriff's Lt. Anthony Bertain said 1,100 homes are threatened as of about 3:30 p.m. and roughly 3,800 people live the evacuated areas.

Meanwhile, Bertain said at this time there is no official place to take animals.

If residents want to bring their animals to Shasta College and watch them in the parking lot, Bertain said they can. But there is nobody at the college to supervise the animals.

Update, 2:52 p.m.

Shasta College spokesman Peter Griggs said he did not know why the evacuation was called. They got a call from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office at about 2 p.m., he said.

At 2:40 p.m. Griggs said that the majority of the campus had been evacuated, including children at the campus' Early Childhood Education Center. He did not have a count of how many people were on the campus at the time the evacuation was ordered.

Classes have been cancelled and Griggs said he did not know when they would resume.

Griggs said that faculty, staff or students with questions about the evacuation can call one of three phone numbers: 530-339-3606, 530-339-3662 and 530-339-3661.

2:35 p.m.: Highway 299 closed to westbound traffic

Highway 299 is now closed to westbound traffic at Deschutes Road due to the fire and Highway 299 remains closed to eastbound traffic at Old Oregon Trail, Caltrans said.

Officials are asking people to use alternate routes. 

Update, 2:15 p.m.

Traffic is now being stopped at Oasis Road and Akrich Street east of Interstate 5.

Meanwhile, roughly 50 students at Foothill High School in Palo Cedro need transportation after two of the schools bus routes were blocked after Route 299 was closed due to the Mountain Fire.

Foothill principal Steve Abbott says the school remains on high alert but classes have not been canceled and athletic activities are expected to continue as scheduled.

"We definitely have major concerns right now especially for the safety of the students who are in or near those burn areas," Abbott said. "The fire is about 9.5 miles from us and we don't see any smoke above our heads so the school is safe right now. We are working to make sure that those students get to their parents safely."

Some residents in the Jones Valley area had little time to evacuate.

Derek Chumney said he just got home from the dentist when he saw the fire bearing down on his home on Driftwood Trail in Jones Valley.

He did not have time to grab anything except his cats and his son, who was only wearing shorts, no shirt or shoes.

"When I pulled into the driveway I saw fire over here and fire over here and fire over there," Chumney said.

His mother, Rhea Griffith, said she returned to the house a short time later and the building was destroyed.

"The only thing you could recognize was the partially melted swamp cooler," Griffith said.

Chumney, Griffith, her grandson and a friend evacuated and booked a room at a hotel in Redding.

2 p.m.: Mountain Fire grows to 600 acres, doubles in size 

The Mountain Fire has grown to 600 acres as it's doubled in size in about an hour, Cal Fire said.

Update, 1:30 p.m.

The Shasta College campus on Old Oregon Trail in Redding has been evacuated, the school said via Twitter.

"All personnel including students, faculty, and staff need to exit the main campus in an orderly fashion," the school said.

Authorities gather around a road closure due to the Mountain Fire.

Authorities gather around a road closure due to the Mountain Fire. (Photo: Michael Chapman)

The tweet was posted at 1:18 p.m.

Officials are now setting up a fire command post at Shasta College.

Meanwhile, more road closures are being enacted, including Highway 299 at Old Oregon Trail, per Caltrans.

Update, 1:15 p.m.

The Mountain Fire has grown to 300 acres, Cal Fire said.

Officials are now evacuating residents on the north side or Highway 299, per emergency scanner reports.

Update, 1:10 p.m.

The evacuation shelter has moved to Crosspointe Community Church in Redding. The address is 2960 Hartnell Avenue. 

Jones Valley fire: See photos from the fast-moving Mountain Fire near Redding

Update, 12:57 p.m.

More evacuations are underway for the south side of Bear Mountain Road to Old Oregon Trail and all roads that intersect on the south side of Bear Mountain, the sheriff's office said. Still, the office has repeatedly urged residents to go if they feel they are in danger rather than waiting for their street to be called. 

Jones Valley Fire: What we know about the fire near Redding

Update, 12:50 p.m.

More evacuations are being called and the fire has grown to 200 acres. See the tweet below for the latest roads affected.

Update, 12:30 p.m.: Authorities estimate the size of the fire has grown to 150 to 200 acres, according to scanner communications. 

Additional evacuations have been announced by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office for residents at Creek Trail and Ravine Road in the Jones Valley-Bella Vista area, as well as for those on Marty Lane. 

The fast-moving Mountain Fire has grown to 150-200 acres, according to firefighters on the ground.

The fast-moving Mountain Fire has grown to 150-200 acres, according to firefighters on the ground. (Photo: Cal Fire)

Original story: Firefighters are battling a fast-moving 50-acre blaze today that is threatening structures in the Jones Valley area northeast of Redding.

The fire, which started in the area of Bear Mountain and Dry Creek roads shortly after 11 a.m., is "rapidly spreading," firefighters at the scene reported to emergency dispatchers.

Within an hour the fire had grown to more than 50 acres, according to emergency dispatch reports.

Evacuations are underway for the following areas: Dry Creek Road, Jones Valley Road, Elk Trail East and West, Christian Way, Driftwood Trail, Highview Trail, Scotts Trail and Marty Road west of Bear Mountain Road, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

An evacuation center has been set up at the Shasta College gym off Old Oregon Trail.

More roads might be evacuated, and residents shouldn't rely on the list alone, the sheriff's office said on Facebook. 

"This situation is very fluid and rapidly changing, if you do not see your road listed but feel you are in danger YOU MAY EVACUATE," the office's post reads.

Dry Creek Road is closed at Highway 299, according to Caltrans

Pushed by winds from the north, the fire quickly grew to 10 acres and started threatening structures, firefighters told dispatchers.

The Mountain Fire is burning in the Jones Valley area of Shasta County on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.

The Mountain Fire is burning in the Jones Valley area of Shasta County on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (Photo: Cal Fire Shasta-Trinity Unit)

The California Highway Patrol traffic incident page said the fire may have spread to nearby brush and trees after a houseboat caught fire on Lake Shasta.

The plume of smoke from the fire is visible from Redding.


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California Disasters Upcoming Events

2001 Star Fire Anniversary

When:
Sunday, 25 August 2019

Where:
Sierra Nevada - El Dorado County

Organizer: Kim Patrick Noyes

Details:
The Star Fire burned 16,761 acres in August and September, 2001, on the Tahoe and El Dorado National Forests as well as parts of the French Meadow Reservoir. The fire cost upwards of of $26 million to fight.

Source: https://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/officials-optimistic-about-star-fire/ and
https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/FR-2001-12-28/01-31906

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2009 Station Fire Anniversary

When:
Monday, 26 August 2019

Where:
San Gabriel Mountains - Los Angeles County

Organizer: Kim Patrick Noyes

Details:
The Station Fire was the largest wildfire of the 2009 California wildfire season, as well as the largest wildfire in the history of Los Angeles County, that burned in the Angeles National Forest, igniting on August 26, 2009 near the U.S. Forest Service ranger station on the Angeles Crest Highway. Two firefighters, Captain Tedmund Hall and Firefighter Specialist Arnie Quinones, died on August 30, when their fire truck plunged off a cliff during an attempt to set backfires to slow the blaze. The blaze threatened 12,000 structures in the National Forest and the nearby communities of La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena, Glendale, Acton, La Crescenta, Juniper Hills, Littlerock and Altadena, as well as the Sunland and Tujunga neighborhoods of the City of Los Angeles. Many of these areas faced mandatory evacuations as the flames drew near, but as of September 6, all evacuation orders were lifted. The Station Fire burned on the slopes of Mount Wilson, destroying numerous television, radio and cellular telephone antennas on the summit, and threatened the Mount Wilson Observatory, which includes several historically significant telescopes and multimillion-dollar astronomical facilities operated by UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley and Georgia State University.[9][10] A 40-mile (64-kilometer) stretch of the Angeles Crest Highway was closed until 2010, due to guardrail and sign damage, although the pavement remained largely intact.

On September 3, officials announced that the Station Fire was caused by arson and that a homicide investigation had been initiated because of the deaths of the firefighters involved. Investigators discovered a substance at the fire's point of origin which they believe may have accelerated the flames. The two firefighters, supervisors of inmate fire crews (jointly operated by the Los Angeles County Fire Department and California Department of Corrections), had been conducting ignition operations in order to protect personnel and Mt Gleason Camp 16 from the advancing fire front. As of September 15, $93.8 million (2009 USD) had been spent fighting the fire, which was 91% contained, with full containment expected by September 19.The Station Fire was 100% contained at 7:00 pm PST on Friday, October 16, 2009, due to moderate rainfall from a powerful storm system passing through. At 160,557 acres (649.75 km2), the Station Fire is the 10th largest in modern California history, and the largest wildfire in the modern history of Los Angeles County, surpassing the 105,000-acre (164 sq mi; 425 km2) Clampitt Fire of September 1970.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Station_Fire_(2009)

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1999 Willow Fire Anniversary

When:
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Where:
San Bernardino Mountains - San Bernardino County

Organizer: Kim Patrick Noyes

Details:
On September 28, 1999, the Willow Fire began and burned throughout the rest of August and into early September of 1999. The Willow Fire is one of the worst in forest history, burned 63,486 acres of the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF), Bureau of Land Management, and private lands north of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake, in San Bernardino County. This fire also destroyed 40 structures including at least 12 homes. The fire was fought by 2,750 firefighters.


Source: http://www.sricrm.com/projects/willow.html
http://alpenhornnews.com/mountain-wildfires-over-the-years-p6028-155.htm

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2017 Helena Fire Anniversary

When:
Friday, 30 August 2019

Where:
Trinity Alps Wilderness - Trinity County

Organizer: Kim Patrick Noyes

Details:
The Helena Fire was a wildfire that burned in Trinity Alps Wilderness and west of the town of Weaverville, Trinity County, California in the United States. The fire had burned 21,846 acres (88 km2), and destroyed 72 homes. The fire merged with the nearby Fork Fire (3,484 acres (14 km2)). The Helena Fire was fully extinguished on November 15, after reaching 21,846 acres (88 km2). The cause of the fire was a tree falling into a power line. The fire threatened the communities of Weaverville and Junction City and impacting recreational activities in the area.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Fire

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1986 Aeroméxico 498 Crash Anniversary

When:
Saturday, 31 August 2019

Where:
Cerritos - Los Angeles County

Organizer: Kim Patrick Noyes

Details:
The 1986 Cerritos midair collision was a plane crash that occurred in southern California over the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos on Sunday, August 31, 1986. Aeroméxico Flight 498, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9, was clipped in the tail section by N4891F, a Piper PA-28-181 Archer owned by the Kramer family, while descending into Los Angeles International Airport, killing all 67 on both aircraft and an additional fifteen on the ground. Eight on the ground also sustained minor injuries from the midday crash.

Blame was allocated equally between the Federal Aviation Administration and the pilot of the Piper. No fault was found with the DC-9 or the actions of its crew.

On Sunday, August 31, 1986 at about 11:46 am PDT, Flight 498 began its descent into Los Angeles with 58 passengers and six crew members on board. At 11:52 am, the Piper's engine collided with the left horizontal stabilizer of the DC-9, shearing off the top of the Piper's cockpit and decapitating Kramer and both of his passengers. The heavily damaged Piper fell onto an empty playground at Cerritos Elementary School.

The DC-9, with all of its horizontal stabilizer and most of its vertical stabilizer torn off, inverted and immediately entered a dive. It slammed into a residential neighborhood at Holmes Avenue and Reva Circle in Cerritos, crashing into the backyard of a house at 13426 Ashworth Place, exploding on impact. The explosion scattered the DC-9's wreckage across Holmes Avenue and onto Carmenita Road, destroying four other houses and damaging seven more. All 64 passengers and crew on board the DC-9 were killed, and fifteen people on the ground; a fire added to the damage.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1986_Cerritos_mid-air_collision

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2002 Curve Fire Anniversary

When:
Sunday, 1 September 2019

Where:
San Gabriel Mountains - Los Angeles County

Organizer: Kim Patrick Noyes

Details:
The Curve Fire consumed 20,857 acres of on the Angeles National Forest above Azusa, including incinerating most of the Crystal Lake Basin, much of the Sheep Mountain Wilderness, and the historic South Hawkins Fire Lookout. 72 structures, many of them cabins, were destroyed. It was started by candles being lit as part of a pagan ritual. Later, the Wiliams Fire would burn into the remnants of the Curve Fire and become known as the Curve-Williams Complex, burning more than 58,951 combined acres.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_California_wildfires and
https://danshikingblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/curve-fire-remembered-ten-years-later.html

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2002 Leona Fire Anniversary

When:
Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Where:
Canyon Country - Los Angeles County

Organizer: Kim Patrick Noyes

Details:
West winds drove the Leona Fire out of Leona Valley and towards Palmdale destroying 4 homes and 12 outbuildings to go with 5,124 acres charred before being contained. The fire was started by a stringer.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_California_wildfires and others

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2006 Day Fire Anniversary

When:
Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Where:
Topatopa Mountains - Ventura County

Organizer: Kim Patrick Noyes

Details:
The Day Fire was a devastating wildfire that burned 162,702 acres (658 km2) of land in the Topatopa Mountains, within the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County, southern California. As of 2017, the Day Fire is the 12th largest wildfire in modern California history.

The fire, which was the largest of the 2006 California wildfire season, is the 12th largest fire in California history. The fire started on Labor Day September 4, 2006, and by October 1, had cost $70.3 million; at one point, the Day Fire had 4,600 active firefighters combating it.

The Day Fire burned approximately 162,702 acres (658.43 km2) of both Los Padres National Forest (97.4%) and privately owned lands. The fire started on the Ojai Ranger District, in the Congressionally Designated Sespe Wilderness. The Sespe Wilderness is under the Federal jurisdiction of the United States Forest Service. In addition to the land burned in the wilderness area, 1,943 acres (8 km2) of private land was burned in Lockwood Valley and the Mutau Flat area. A total of eleven structures were reported destroyed, including one residence and ten outbuildings.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_Fire

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2001 Darby Fire Anniversary

When:
Thursday, 5 September 2019

Where:
Sierra Nevada - Calaveras County

Organizer: Kim Patrick Noyes

Details:
The Darby Fire roared up out of the Stanislaus River Canyon and threatened communities along Hwy. 4 and Calaveras Big Tree State Park. The consumed 14,280 acres of forest and brush and destroyed a camper and a fire engine as well as the flume water system for Angels Camp, CA. The fire cost $20.8 million to fight over the course of 1-1/2 weeks.

Source: https://www.yosemitegold.com/yosemite/cable.htm and others

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1932 Matilija Fire Anniversary

When:
Saturday, 7 September 2019

Where:
Santa Ynez Mnts. & Topatopa Mnts. - Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties

Organizer: Kim Patrick Noyes

Details:
The Matilija Fire started on private land north of Ojai in Mitilija Canyon. Firefighters expected containment at 600 acres when shifting winds caused it to blow up. Within an hour after the flare-up the fire traveled 15 miles; by mid-afternoon it had charred 20,000 acres, much of it on what was then named the Santa Barbara National Forest (now the Los Padres National Forest). For the next 10 days the flames swept 10,000 to 20,000 acres daily. On September 10, powerful Santa Ana Winds drove the fire all the way to the ocean along a 5-mile wide front that was 12 miles long. The conflagration blackened 219,255 acres and killed 8 people. A total of 2,500 firefighters based in 17 fire camps (12 reached only by pack animal) cut 450 miles of fireline to contain the fire.

Source: https://www.kqed.org/science/1928992/half-of-californias-10-largest-fires-occurred-in-the-last-5-years
https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0295805218 

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