Three areas of Lassen County (California) remain under evacuation orders due to the Gold Fire on Tuesday, July 28. The fire has been burning since July 20 and although firefighters have the fire 65 percent contained following thunderstorms on Monday, July 27, weather conditions are expected to be less favorable on Tuesday. The 88 sqkm (34 sqmi) fire is expected to be fuelled by drier air and gusty winds and Cal Fire has issued evacuation orders for the following areas:
- Areas south of Ash Valley Rd., west of Spooner Rd., east of Hwy 139, and north of Termo Grasshopper Rd.
- Area north of Ash Valley Rd. to Rail Canyon north to the Modoc County line and west to Hwy 139.
- Area north of Ash Valley Rd. at Knox Mountain north to the Modoc County Line, and west to Rail Canyon.
Ash Valley Road at Rail Canyon and west of Williams Road is closed, as is the Forest Service Road 38N04 at Highway 139. Other areas are under evacuation warning and are advised to prepare to evacuate if necessary. Cal Fire has confirmed three injuries to fire personnel and civilians in the fire, as well as five structures damaged and 13 destroyed.
Further spread of the fire is possible in the near term. An emergency response presence and localized transportation disruptions, namely road closures, should be anticipated in the affected areas.
Individuals in the vicinity of the fire are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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