1992 Fountain Fire Anniversary
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
Cascade Mountains - Shasta County
The Fountain Fire was ignited by a suspected arsonist in dry grass along Buzzard Roost Road, Oak Run (Figure 1) at midday on Aug. 20, 1992. The area had experienced 6 years of drought and 22 consecutive days of temperatures of 100°F or more. Winds were up to 25 mph the day of the fire—perfect for high-severity fire (Skinner and Taylor 2006). By the next morning, 10,000 acres were consumed and by the evening a total of 38,000 more acres were ablaze. Almost all trees in the fire path were killed. In all, the fire severely burned 64,000 acres of prime timberland and destroyed many rural residences before it was contained on Aug. 28, 1992. Within the fire area, 272 homes and 489 other buildings were also consumed in the communities of Round Mountain, Montgomery Creek, and Oak Run. Firefighters were able to save 228 homes and 554 other structures. The total estimated value lost was more than $138 million. Burney to the east was threatened as well.
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