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Hirz Fire grows to 14,214 acres with 11 percent containment in Shasta County

KRCR

Update 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 19:

There will be a public meeting Monday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m., at McCloud High School at 133 Campus Way, McCloud, Calif.

The Hirz Fire is 14,214 acres and is still 11 percent contained.

Update 11:00 a.m. Sunday, August 19:

The Hirz Fire is 14,014 acres and is still 11 percent contained.

Evacuations:
Residents of Old Mill Road, Bonnie Vista Lane, Top of the Hill Trail, Hirz Mountain Road, the north side of Gilman Road, and the Bollibokka Fishing Club are still evacuated.

Structure protection remains in place for the Bollibokka Fishing Club and the structures that were evacuated in the southwest area.

Current Fire Situation:
According to the U.S. Forest service, firing operations were successful yesterday and throughout the night on the western edge of the fire.
Crews continue preparation work and clearing for additional firing operations to improve the strength of the line and to keep the fire at a low intensity.
The goal is to create a wide black line along the western edge to stop the fire from spreading any closer to the residents and other improvement in the I-5 corridor.
Bulldozer work has also been productive in building and strengthening line on the ridge tops on the western edge of the fire.

Fire behavior was minimal to moderate with the strong inversion that covered the fire area. Favorable weather conditions will allow firefighters to continue to improve fire lines on the southwest and northeast portions of the fire.

Road Closures:
Gilman Road continues to have a soft closure in place for the area between Old Mill Road and the McCloud River Bridge.

Residents who live south of Gilman Road within the soft closure area, who have not been notified to evacuate, will be allowed to continue accessing their property.

Update 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 18:

According to the U.S. Forest Service the Hirz Fire is now 12, 550 acres and 11 percent contained.

According to officials, fire behavior is active, with uphill runs, flanking, and short-range spotting.

Fire will continue to make uphill runs early in the shift. Which will moderate as the winds shifted to down slope. Fire continues to flank and back, spreading primarily through roll out on the north end.


Update 9:45 p.m. Thursday, August 16:

Containment on the Hirz Fire has increased to 7 percent, with 9,763 acres.


Update 6:45 a.m. Thursday, August 16:

The Hirz Fire has grown to 9,363 acres overnight and remains 5 percent contained.

Update 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, August 15:

A public meeting has been scheduled relating to the Hirz Fire Friday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lakehead Lions Club, 20814 Mammoth Drive in Lakehead.


Update 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, August 15:

The Hirz Fire has grown to 7,650 acres and remains 5 percent contained.

Update 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, August 15:

New mandatory evacuations orders have been issued for for the Bollibokka Fishing Club. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office says this is a precautionary measure because the fire activity has increased in that area.

Update 8 a.m. Wednesday, August 15:

As of Wednesday morning, the Hirz Fire had grown to 7,321 acres. Containment remained at 5 percent.

Information Update at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, August 14 (Additional video and images added as of 12:12 a.m. Wednesday morning)

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According to the U.S. Forest Service and InciWeb, the Hirz Fire forced additional evacuations Tuesday night.

From the incident report: "Due to increased fire activity in Bastard Canyon late this afternoon additional evacuations were ordered by the Shasta County Sheriff in the vicinity of the Hirz Fire. Residents of Old Mill Road, Bonnie Vista Lane, and the portion of Top of the Hill Trail west of Gilman Road to Bonnie Vista Lane, are being evacuated this evening. Residents of Hirz Mountain Road who were evacuated a couple of days ago are still under an evacuation order."

An evacuation center has been set up at Central Valley High School in the City of Shasta Lake.

According to First Alert Meteorologist Rob Elvington, rain is falling in the area of increased fire activity Tuesday evening, which may help firefighters. The photo of rainy conditions on an evacuated area of Gilman Rd below is from Adam McAllister who is in the area shooting video for KRCR.

Update at 8:40 p.m. on Sunday, August 12:

According the U.S. Forest Service, the Hirz Fire has grown to 3,825 acres and remains 5 percent contained.

There are currently evacuation orders for 8 residents north of Gilman Road in the area of Hirz Mountain Road with structure protection in place. Firefighters continue to assess structures in the Gilman Road areas for potential protection activities and residents should be thinking about what they would need to take with them, should an evacuation become necessary, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Firefighters report little spread toward the south between Hirz Mountain and Hirz Bay. Crews and bulldozers are working to connect Gilman and Hirz Mountain roads and preparing both roads to contain the fire when it reaches them.

Update at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, August 12:

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Hirz Fire has grown to 2,500 acres and is 5 percent contained.
This fire is burning in extremely steep and rugged terrain west of Gilman Road near the McCloud arm of Shasta Lake. Please avoid Gilman Road east of I-5.

Firefighters report little spread toward the south between Hirz Mountain and Hirz Bay. Crews and bulldozers are working to connect Gilman and Hirz Mountain roads and preparing both roads to contain the fire when it reaches them.

There are currently no evacuation orders for residents between Hirz Mountain and Gilman Road. However, firefighters are assessing structures in the Gilman Road area for potential protection activities and residents should be prepared in case an evacuation becomes necessary.

Update at 6:54 p.m. on Saturday, August 11:

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Hirz Fire grew to approximately 2,000 acres today, with containment dropping to five percent. The fire, remaining held up on the north fork of Salt Creek on its west edge. Firefighters report little spread toward the south between Hirz Mountain and Hirz Bay. Crews and bull dozers are working on fire line to connect Gilman and Hirz Mountain roads and preparing both roads to contain the fire when it backs down the ridgelines.

The fire has not reached the decision point for evacuations between Hirz Mountain and Gilman Road. However, firefighters are assessing structures in the Gilman Road area for potential protection activities if needed and to know where people are. Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency for evacuation decisions and notices.

On the north end of the fire, crews are preparing High Mountain Road as fire line and scouting opportunities for bull dozer line in the Hanland Peak area.

This fire is in extremely steep and rugged terrain west of Gilman Road near the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake. Gilman Road east of Interstate 5 is closed. Please avoid the area if possible.

Northern California Interagency Incident Management Team One will take over management of this fire tomorrow morning at 6 a.m.

Campgrounds impacted by the Hirz Fire are Hirz Bay, Moore Creek, Pine Point, Ellery Creek, Dekkas Rock and McCloud Bridge. Sites already closed due to the Carr Fire include Lakeshore East Campground, Beehive Campground, Sugarloaf Boat Launch and launching only at Antlers Boat Launch.

Update at 2:55 p.m. on Saturday, August 11:

The Hirz fire has grown to 1,400 acres and is 10 percent contained.

The U.S. Forest service said crews monitored holding lines through the night and aerial resources were active this morning. The fire is west of Gilman Road, 11 miles east of Interstate 5 near the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake.

The fire is burning towards the north-northwest in extremely steep and rugged terrain.

Update at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, August 10:

The Hirz Fire has grown to 450 acres.

The U.S. Forest Service said crews, engines and dozers continue to make progress with aircraft support.

Update at 4:20 p.m. on Thursday, August 9:

The Hirz Fire has grown to 350 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The two larger fires have merged together and are burning northwest near Hirz Mountain.

Update at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 9:

Firefighters are continuing to battle vegetation fires burning near Hirz Bay and Moore Creek Campground off Gilman Road on the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake.

Officials said the fires are now 100 acres and are about 5 percent contained.

Firefighters said there are three different fires. The smallest fire has a hose lay around it and is holding at ten acres. The two larger fires are expected to merge together and resources on the fires include engines, crews, dozers, air attack, and a Type 1 helicopter.

Officials said wind will increase Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening as a low pressure system passes through Northern California.

Local gusts up to 35 mph will be possible, particularly during the afternoons and early evenings over higher elevations.

Officials added these winds when coupled with low humidity levels will bring critical fire weather conditions.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Original article:

Firefighters are responding to an 80 acre fire off Gilman Road in Lakehead near Hirz Bay.

According to the U.S. Forest Service the fire is near the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake.

Please continue to check back for updates.


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