An emergency shelter has been established at Jackson Street Elementary School in Yreka for Hornbrook area residents who have been evacuated because of a wildfire, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office said it received reports of a brush fire in the vicinity of Klamathon Road and Cougar Street a little after 1 p.m. Thursday, July 5. The fire spread in a northwesterly direction and jumped the Klamath River, jeopardizing a number of nearby residents of the Klamath River Country Estates, the private “R Ranch,” and the residents of Hornbrook. The evacuation potentially impacted 300 to 400 people as of Thursday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Jackson Street school is lated at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. The phone number is 530-842-3561.

Should anyone encounter an emergency related to the fire or evacuations dial 9-1-1. All other inquiries can be directed to the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at 530-841-2900.

Sheriff Jon Lopey states in the press release, “The SCSO’s Dispatch Center distributed a ‘Code Red’ advisory to citizens of the evacuation order and we are currently coordinating emergency responses and evacuation activities with the County Office of Emergency Services, and assisting federal, state, and local agencies. We ask all citizens impacted to comply with the evacuation order. It is suggested impacted residents secure valuables, essential documents, needed medications, pets, and other animals as soon as possible and leave the area until the area is declared safe. Lock and secure all homes, other buildings, and vehicles left behind to the extent possible and monitor updates from local authorities. All residents are advised to stay away from fire-impacted areas and we ask that residents do not interfere with emergency vehicles or first responders operating in the area. Notify authorities if you or someone you know do not have the ability to evacuate safely and promptly due to any factor. Citizens not immediately impacted by the evacuation order should prepare to evacuate in the unlikely event the fire spreads to contiguous or nearby areas.”