Wednesday Update: Bully Fire grows to 8,700 acres


ONO, Calif. - New numbers from the Bully Fire in Shasta County show firefighters are making progress. As of Wednesday morning, the Bully Fire had burned 8,700 acres and was 35% contained. Full containment isn't expected until next week. Eleven firefighters have suffered minor injuries. Eighteen structures have been destroyed including two permanent residences.

An evacuation shelter has been established at Igo-Ono Elementary School, at 6429 Placer Street in Igo. According to CAL FIRE, the fire is making slope-driven runs in brush and is creeping in timber. Increased humidity and cloud cover have slowed spread rates in timber. There are 2,200 firefighters on scene. The acreage has surpassed the size of last year's deadly Clover Fire, which burned 8,073 acres and destroyed 68 homes in the Happy Valley area. One man was killed after he did not evacuate.

Zane Peterson was arrested for starting the Clover Fire.

Freddy Smoke III was arrested Saturday for starting the Bully Fire. Investigators said he sparked the blaze by driving a truck over dry brush while delivering fertilizer to an illegal marijuana grow.

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