Emergency personnel have been “combing through everything,” according to CAL FIRE, and there are no reports to date of any deaths or serious injuries.
More than 1,000 personnel from state and local agencies are committed to the Boles Incident, the devastating fire that roared through the City of Weed on Monday, according to CAL FIRE Communications Captain Amy Head.
The fire was 20% contained by noon today after burning through 350 acres of forest, residential, and industrial property. An estimated 150 structures were damaged or destroyed. The fire did not reach downtown Weed.
According to Head, “Those figures are going to change – crews made a lot of progress last night. The biggest factor today is still the wind, and also the low humidity and effects of the drought.”
CAL FIRE investigators are on the scene to determine the cause of the fire, which started in the vicinity of Boles Creek Apartments back by the railroad tracks, Head reported.
Emergency personnel have been “combing through everything,” she said, and there are no reports to date of any deaths or serious injuries.
Head said two structures, two log decks and chip piles were damaged or destroyed at the Roseburg Forest Products veneer facility. Roseburg reported Tuesday morning that its main processing area and facility were not destroyed.
The fire has burned a very long and narrow area, a “sure sign” that it’s been wind-driven, she said. Winds were reported at 40 mph Monday and have picked up through the day today.
Head said the fire jumped over Highway 97 close to the Winema Cemetery. She said the cemetery itself did not look as though it had suffered damage.
CAL FIRE Public Information Officer Suzie Brady said firefighters stopped the forward movement of the fire last night.
Evacuations are still in place on Hoy Road and in Angel Valley and the community of Lake Shastina is considered to be “still under threat,” Head said.
The CAL FIRE Incident Command Team #4 took over today at around noon. CAL FIRE remains the lead agency on the Boles Incident.
To assist the public with information, a Call Center has been set up in Yreka at (530) 842-2266.