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7:30 a.m. Friday update:
Firefighters have made good progress on the Cottage Fire, which has burned 156 acres and is 70 percent contained Friday morning, Cal Fire said.
Crews took advantage of cooler temperatures and higher humidity overnight on the largest of three fires burning in Shasta County. The Cottage Fire started near the town of Millville, northeast of Anderson, around 1:50 p.m. Thursday.
The agency said that one firefighter suffered from heat-related issues battling the blaze but no other injuries have been reported, nor have there been any reports of damaged structures.
Evacuations have been lifted, but firefighters caution that residents traveling in the area should watch out for fire apparatus and personnel working in the area.
7 p.m. Thursday update:
The Cottage Fire, the largest of three that threatened neighborhoods northeast of Anderson, has grown together with a neighboring blaze to 134 acres burned, according to Cal Fire’s most recent report. The fire was 30 percent contained at 7:06 p.m. Thursday.
In coordination with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and the Shasta County Cal Fire Unit, the American Red Cross closed the evacuation center at Junction Elementary School at 7 p.m., according to a Cal Fire tweet.
Three fires in Shasta County are threatening structures and people northeast of Anderson.
Cal Fire says the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is evacuating residents near the largest blaze, the Cottage Fire, south of Dersch Road and east of Deschutes Road, which has already burned 100 acres.
The temporary evacuation location is at Hawes Ranch and Farm Supply, according to a Cal Fire tweet.
The Red Cross also dispatched a team around 3:30 p.m. and will shortly open another evacuation center at Junction Elementary School at 9087 Deschutes Road in Palo Cedro.
Road closures are in place at the following locations:
▪ Dersch Road between Highway 44 and Millville Plains Road
▪ Ash Creek Road at Parkville Road
▪ Frey Road at Dersch Road
▪ C Bar Ranch Road at Dersch Road
The fires started at Dersch Road and Hyrax Road around 2:15 p.m.
The largest of the three fires was 10 acres at 2:22 p.m., Shasta County’s Cal Fire division tweeted. Minutes later, at 2:38, two fires grew to 30 acres and the smallest to 5 acres.
The cause of the fires is under investigation.