Updated 9/16/21 at 12:30 PM:
Evacuation orders and evacuation warnings have all been lifted for Lake Shastina and the surrounding areas.
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This fire is being called the “Lava Incident”. It started in the jurisdiction of the US Forest Service, in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. It pushed west across Highway 97, and the fire pushed in between the Lake Shastina subdivision, the 8’s, and Mount Shasta Vista. The fire was stopped before crossing Highway A-12. The southern portion of the fire burned east of 97 near Carrick, and up into the forest near Diller Canyon. The fire remains inside control lines. With the extension of this fire, the incident has entered unified command with CalFire. Fire personnel remains on each division of the fire.
As of 6/30, the fire has burned up to nearly 8,000 feet on Mount Shasta.
Incident command puts the fire at around 26,409 acres.
The reported containment is 95%.
Road Closure Update: Highway 97 is now OPEN. Highway A-12 is OPEN. Big Springs Road is OPEN. All road closures have been lifted in Lake Shastina and surrounding areas.
Helicopter Incident: At around 4:45pm on 7/7/21 a Bell 212 helicopter went to refill its bucket in Lake Shastina to use on the fire. The helicopter ended up crashing into Lake Shastina. LSFD, CalFire, and other agencies responded to the rescue. The pilot managed to escape, swim to shore, and was picked up by another helicopter. The pilot received a medical assessment from emergency personnel and is okay. The cause of the crash is under investigation. On 7/8/21 LSFD, Dunsmuir/Castella Fire, and other agencies performed a search in the lake to find the sunken helicopter. On 7/10/21, the helicopter was extracted from the lake.
You can monitor the fire’s status on a webcam here.
Read Chief Pappas’s 7/2 update here.
Read Lake Shastina Police Chief Bullington’s official press release on the lifted evacuations here.
Lake Shastina Fire currently has staffing of 3-0 for all LSFD engines. Engine 3112 has returned home and is in quarters, after being committed to the incident for 9 days. LSFD will continue to update this page and monitor the fire, and will respond to anything related to the incident if dispatched.
Below is a map of the incident, as of 7/8, provided by the incident command, CA incident management team: