[UPDATE 8:50 p.m.:] Fire Burning Off Hwy 36

Breaking news graphicA new fire is burning off Highway 36 west and Beegum Gorge Road in the Platina area of Shasta County. Cal Fire reported that it is 50 acres about 8:45 this morning.

UPDATE 9:05 a.m.: Here is a screengrab from Flight Tracker that shows a Forest Service plane and a helicopter over the fire.

Flight radar

Image from here.

UPDATE 9:17 a.m.: According to information from the scanner, the fire is now at 75 acres and growing at a moderate rate of speed. Air attack which is over the fire ordered three type 1 and four type 2 air tankers and three type 1 and 3 helicopters. Four strike teams of engines and two hand crews are being taken from the Carr Fire to attack this fire.

UPDATE 9:31 a.m.: According to the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center, “Structures and 115 kV powerlines are threatened at this time.”

UPDATE 9:55 a.m.: The CHP Traffic Incident Information Page reports that Cal Fire is closing Hwy 36 at Platina and at “R Mesa Horse Ranch.”

UPDATE 3:12 p.m.: Cal Fire tweeted, “ [update] off Highway 36 west and Beegum Gorge road, Platina area (Shasta County) is now 75 acres and 20% contained. Forward spread stopped.

Caltrans also noted via Twitter that Hwy 36 is still closed between Platina Road and the R Wild Horse Ranch.

UPDATE 8:50 p.m.: Caltrans just posted on Facebook, “SR 36 west of Red Bluff and near Platina Rd is open as of Sunday evening.”

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