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23 Aug 2019 | 03:11 PM UTC

US: Northern California wildfire forces evacuations August 22

United States of America News Alert

Authorities issue mandatory evacuation orders due to Mountain Fire in Shasta county (California state) August 22; additional road closures possible over coming hours and days

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/23/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/27/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Los_Angeles). COUNTRY/REGION Shasta County

Event

Authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders for a fast-growing wildfire in northern California state's Shasta county on Thursday, August 22. The so-called Mountain Fire broke out at approximately 11:00 (local time) on Thursday near Bear Mountain and Dry Creek roads. Nearly 4000 residents were evacuated, and another 4000 people were evacuated from the main campus of nearby Shasta College. Highway 299 was briefly closed, but was reopened as of the morning on Friday, August 23. Officials reported the fire to be 40 percent contained at 242 hectares (600 acres) as of 07:00 on Friday; however, some evacuation orders and road closures remain in place. No casualties have been reported from the blazes.

Context

Wildfires are frequent in California from May through November. The Camp Fire in Butte County in November 2018 left 86 people dead and destroyed nearly 19,000 structures, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.

Advice

Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation notices, road closures), and exercise caution when traveling near the wildfire. Children and those with respiratory illness are advised to limit outdoor activity.

 

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