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Lava Fire

Unit Information

Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002

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Incident Contacts

Lava Fire Information
Email: 2021.Lava@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-628-0039
Hours: 8am-9pm

Lava Evacuation Info
Phone: 530-643-3661
Hours: 8-5

CHP Traffic Info
Phone: 530-842-4438
Hours: 8-5

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The Lava Fire started on 6/24/21 by lightning and is burning northeast of the community of Weed. Below average winter snowpack and very hot, dry windy conditions created burning conditions similar to those normally experienced in August. Diurnal winds and drought conditions are contributed to the northeast and eastern fire spread. Challenges to firefighters included steep, rocky terrain, limited road access to the fire, and limited water sources near the fire. The fire spread by short range spotting and single and group tree torching through grass, brush and scattered timber.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSaturday July 24th, 2021 approx. 07:45 AM
LocationNortheast of the community of Weed
Incident CommanderRyan Reginato, ICT4
Incident DescriptionSingle Complex
Coordinates41.459 latitude, -122.329 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel51
Size26,365 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained78%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday August 14th, 2021 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber and brush fuels broken by lava stringers that separate the available fuels. Live fuel moistures are very low for this time of the year.

Significant Events

Fire activity is minimal with smoldering and creeping towards tree line.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Crews will continue to actively patrol and suppress emerging hot spots within the fire perimeter as needed to minimize the possibility of fire spread. Firefighters will actively monitor fire activity near tree line on the northwest flank of Mt. Shasta.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Mop-up is slow, especially in areas of lava. Firefighters will continue to secure lines and mop-up near Wildland Urban Interface areas. Within the burned area, pockets of smoke and unburned fuel islands will remain a concern especially in the northwest section near the Bolam Creek drainage.

24 hours: Mop-up is slow, especially in areas of lava. Continued securing of lines and mop-up near Wildland Urban Interface areas. Within the burned area, pockets of smoke and unburned fuel islands will remain a concern especially in the northwest section near the Bolam Creek drainage.

48 hours: Continued mop up and patrol. Within the burned area, pockets of smoke and unburned fuel islands will remain a concern.

72 hours: Continued mop up and patrol. Within the burned area, pockets of smoke and unburned fuel islands will remain a concern.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Continued mop up and patrol. Within the burned area, pockets of smoke and unburned fuel islands will remain a concern.

Remarks

One Wildland Fire Module is actively watching the fire by Bolam Creek with another working near Diller Canyon. An agency engine is patrolling Highway 97 both day and night. Both Wildland Fire Module units are working night shifts.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Decreasing humidity and intermittent breezy southwest winds will bring local areas near critical fire weather conditions for part of the afternoon. Slightly higher humidity and diminishing winds are expected towards the end of the week. Isolated thunderstorms are possible east of the Sierra Crest into this evening, otherwise the forecast calls for drier weather for the rest of the week.