SHASTA LAKE, Shasta County (UKTN SF) – The Fawn fire in Shasta County north of Redding that ignited on Wednesday quickly escalated, prompting mandatory evacuations.
After initially burning about 50 acres on Wednesday morning, the wildfire exploded to 800 acres on Thursday morning and was 5% contained.
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The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office issued a mandatory evacuation order for the community of Mountain Gate on Thursday morning. All roads from the Old Oregon Trail in both directions between Bear Mountain North and Interstate 5 must be evacuated immediately.
A temporary collection point for evacuees was being set up in the Shasta College parking lot at 11555 Old Oregon Trail in Redding.
The evacuation order was extended around 12:45 p.m. to cover all roads north of Old Oregon Trail to Akrich north of Pine Grove and east of Interstate 5.
#FawnFire. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office issues a mandatory evacuation ORDER for all roads north of Old Oregon Trail to Akrich north of Pine Grove and east of Interstate 5. pic.twitter.com/TRt9Qg1Sxb
– Shasta Co. Sheriff (@ShastaSheriff) September 23, 2021
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Evacuees were asked to take their personal effects, medication and pets, if possible.
A second shelter was being installed at the First Church of the Nazarene at 2255 Bechelli Lane in Redding.
The fire was reported to be approaching the Alert Wildfire camera on Bear Mountain.
Some details to note about the apparently eminent death of @AlertWildfire Bear Mtn. fire camera as #FawnFire happens: 1) no retarder dropped on site which means tankers are used frantically on superior properties 2) very poor fuel release around this site. https://t.co/kTLctEpNNP pic.twitter.com/o5uolBql6H
– CaliforniaDisasters (@CalDisasters) September 23, 2021
The Fawn fire started in the Fawndale Road and Radcliff Road area, about five miles northeast of the town of Shasta Lake, just south of the Shasta Dam and Shasta Lake Reservoir.
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