Two north state fires spread in Modoc, Shasta counties

Two fires sparked by lightning earlier in the week mushroomed in size Friday, forcing around 60 rural residents to evacuate their homes in the Modoc County community of Day.

Officials issued an advisory evacuation order for residents of Lookout, about halfway between Day and Adin, as the Day fire grew to 7,000 acres burning in timber and brush 12 miles north of McArthur, said Jeff Fontana, a spokesman for the Susanville Interagency Fire Center.

The Adin Community Center is providing an evacuation shelter, with a small animal staging area at Adin Elementary School.

The blaze burning on Lassen National Forest and private lands in Modoc County was only five percent contained by late Friday afternoon.

The Bald fire eight miles southeast of Fall River Mills in Shasta County grew to 5,000 acres with no containment, Fontana said. It is threatening no structures, he said.

Officials are asking the public to stay out of the area around Bald Mountain to allow firefighting activity.