[UPDATE 8:36 p.m.: From 0 to 22,000 Acres in Less Than a Day, Phenomenal!] Fire Near Slater Closes Hwy 96 and Forces Evacuations of Happy Camp and Surrounding Areas

Smoke gif 9.8A fire that began this morning before 8 in Siskiyou County is forcing evacuations of the town of Happy Camp as well as surrounding areas and has shut down Hwy 96.

A post made at 3:08 p.m. on the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page states, “An EVACUATION ORDER is in effect for the entire Happy Camp Community. EVERYONE NEEDS TO IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE THE AREA ASAP.”

Caltrans says that Hwy 96 is completely closed to through traffic. It is closed to eastbound traffic from 5 miles west of Happy Camp to westbound traffic about 3 miles west of Seiad Valley. There is no estimated time of reopening.

Smoke from the fire is blowing into Gasquet and Crescent City making the areas almost as dark as at night, according to witnesses in the area.

The skies are wine red in Gasquet.

The skies are wine red in Gasquet. [Photo provided by Gasquet resident]

UPDATE 8:36 p.m.: Klamath National Forest tweeted, “Slater Fire is currently at 22,000 acres in size. A number of evacuation orders have been issued for various roads in the area as well as the community of Happy Camp. For the most current evacuation information refer to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Facebook.”

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