Cal-Fire is reporting 7% containment on the Zogg Fire ravaging Western Shasta County, the fire that started Sunday afternoon tore through another 10,000 acres Wednesday and 2,000 acres overnight. It’s now estimated at 51,955 acres. A 4th death was reported Wednesday after the man suffered severe burns while evacuating the fire. Three civilians were unable to escape on Sunday and died in the fire. At least 146 structures have been destroyed and more than 1500 are threatened.
Mandatory evacuations include…
— Homes along Placer Road west of Texas Springs and all side roads
— South of South Fork Road and Zogg Mine Road and all homes to the south along the Gas Point Corridor Road to Foster Drive
— Muletown Road from Placer to north of Kanaka Lane
— Platina Road west to the Tehama County line
— All areas north of Platina Road from Trinity Alps Reserve to Platina
— In Tehama County all areas north of Highway 36 to the Shasta County line from Vassar and west to Beegum
Other road closures include
– Highway 36 at the Humboldt/Tehama County line to Highway 3 and to Bowman Road
– Gaspoint Road at Foster Road
– Clear Creek Road at Cloverdale Road
– Texas Springs at Placer
A temporary evacuation point is the Holiday Market at Placer and Buenaventura. Happy Valley schools are open. Grant School is closed. Igo-Ono schools are closed until further notice, as well as Shasta Elementary. Almost a thousand personnel are battling the Zogg Fire in very steep terrain. Incident Commander Sean Cavanaugh says it’s essential that people heed evacuation orders without hesitation. Sheriff Eric Magrini said that the fire zone remains dangerous and reported that a tree fell on a sheriff’s patrol car in the fire zone. The car was destroyed, but the deputies were not injured.
Both the Governor and the President have made disaster declarations for Shasta County, allowing 75% of firefighting costs to eventually be reimbursed. The south side of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is temporarily closed, and the entire lake is closed to boating, including kayaking and paddleboarding. This is because firefighting aircraft are using the lake to scoop water to drop on the Zogg Fire.