[UPDATE Tuesday] Fire Near Whiskeytown Closes Hwy 299
A fire burst out alongside Hwy 299 just west of Whiskeytown Lake around 1:15 p.m. According to Cal Fire’s Whiskeytown unit, it started at “HWY 299 & Carr Powerhouse Rd in French Gulch [and] is now 50 acres and 0% contained.”
Caltrans is reporting that Hwy 299 is blocked. “SR 299W at Carr Powerhouse Road (Shasta County) – Roadway currently blocked by emergency vehicle due to vegetation fire.”
Below is a tweet from a photographer showing the smoke at the west end of Whiskeytown Lake.
NEW START: Whiskytown NRA, Carr Incident, 5 engines, 4 crews, IC req 4 more dozers. pic.twitter.com/8q8PjnUwyo
— Grayson Hartman (@IHC2FD) July 23, 2018
UPDATE 2:31 p.m.: According to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page, Cal Fire is requesting Shasta County Sheriff’s Office to assist with the evacuation of French Gulch.
UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: According to the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center, the Carr fire is moving fast. It has a “Critical rate of spread.” They also state there is a “Threat to structures and powerlines.”
UPDATE 2:43 p.m.: The CHP Traffic Incident Information Page states, “Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is doing evacuations.” It also states that the fire started on 299 by the Carr Powerhouse but is running north along Trinity Mountain Road towards French Gulch.
UPDATE 2:49 p.m.: Cal Fire tweeted, “#CarrFire [update] at HWY 299 & Carr Powerhouse Rd. in French Gulch is now 350 acres and 0% contained. @CAL_FIRE is now in unified command with #Whiskeytown @NatlParkService
UPDATE 2:52 p.m.: Here’s a photo of the smoke column:
— Tehama Co. Spotter (@tehamacospotter) July 23, 2018
UPDATE 2:58 p.m.: According to Caltrans, “SR 299W is currently closed near Carr Powerhouse Road, west of Whiskeytown Lake, due to vegetation fire. No detour is available. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route. No estimated time for reopening highway at this time.”
UPDATE 3:17 p.m:UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: Cal Fire is tweeting, “[A]n evacuation order for French Gulch has been issued. The evacuation center is at the First Baptist Church 1261 Main St in Weaverville.”
UPDATE 4:04 p.m.: Cal Fire tweeted that the Carr Fire “is now 1000 acres and 0% contained.”
UPDATE 4:26 p.m.: Cal Fire is saying that the evacuation center has been moved to the “Trinity High School in Weaverville in response to the fire evacs around French Gulch.”
UPDATE 5:47 p.m.: Traffic is being diverted onto Hwy 3.
UPDATE 5:49 p.m.: Video of a Cal Fire vehicle being followed by another vehicle as flames reach out into the road.
CARR FIRE VIDEO: Check out this incredible video sent to us by Dan Ryant of the Carr Fire. Officials say the fire is 1,000 acres and 0 percent contained. Highway 299W remains closed in both directions. #CarrFire
— KRCR News Channel 7 (@KRCR7) July 24, 2018
UPDATE 5:58 p.m.: Cal Fire now says the evacuation center has been moved to the Weaverville Elementary school. According to Trinity County Department of Transportation,
Carr Fire Evacuation Center is set up at Weaverville ELEMENTARY School. Located on State Highway 3 just north of State Highway 299. #CarrFire
— Trinity County DOT (@TrinityDOT) July 24, 2018
Update 6:05 p.m.: Breanna Nickens, an employee at Oak Bottom Marina, tells us that campers there are being advised by the Whiskeytown Park Rangers that precautionary evacuations are in place now for the area.
Nickens sent us this video.
UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: Cal Fire tweeted that the fire is now 1,500 acres and still has 0% containment. They posted this photo showing the fire headed towards residences.UPDATE 6:52 p.m.: The Shasta County Sheriff tweeted, “Evac orders added for residents of Whiskey Creek Road north of Hwy 299 & SR299 west of Trinity Mtn Rd to the base of Buckhorn Summit.”
UPDATE 6:55 p.m.: Shasta County Sheriff tweeted, “Residents east of Trinity Mountain Road use evac center located at Shasta High School 2500 Eureka Way Redding, CA Residents west of Trinity Mountain Road use evac center located at Weaverville Elementary School 31020 State Hwy 3, Weaverville, CA”
UPDATE 8:55 p.m.: Caltrans tweeted, “Truck drivers: If you are using SR 36W to SR 3 (or vice versa) as a detour for SR 299W due to the #CarrFire, that route is 65’ CA Legal *KPRA Advisory: dot.ca.gov/trafficops/tru… Choose another route if you don’t meet this criteria.”
UPDATE 9:48 p.m.: Cal Fire is now tweeting, “#CarrFire [update] at HWY 299 & Carr Powerhouse Rd in French Gulch (Shasta County) is now 2500 acres and 5% contained.”
UPDATE 7:33 a.m. Tuesday: Carr Fire: Map, Detour for 299 Closure, etc.