Steep rocky terrain and no road access has made fighting the Bradley Fire in Dunsmuir a challenge. The fire just west of town was first reported Monday night, Aug. 28, at about 10 p.m., according to incident commander trainee Drew Graham of the US Forest Service in Mount Shasta.

He said it was estimated the fire had burned 50 to 100 acres as of a little before 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, although “it was hard to tell for sure.”

Helicopter and air tankers had been ordered, and Graham said hopes were they would arrive about 9 a.m.

Homes on Simpson Ave. on the west side of the Upper Sacramento River were evacuated during the night “as a precaution,” according to Graham, but he said there was no immediate threat to homes as of Tuesday morning.

Approximately six crews and 10 engines, mostly Forest Service and CAL FIRE, were on the scene Tuesday morning and “more are on the way,” Graham said.

Firefighters had to hike up the steep hillside with water lines, and Graham said they were dealing with obstacles such as rolling rocks and snags.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Graham said it is burning in the footprint of a previous fire.