A public meeting about the Hirz Fire has been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 24, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Upper Lodge at Mount Shasta City Park.
Burning 18 miles northeast of Redding, the Hirz Fire was listed Friday morning at 22,622 acres and 19 percent contained with an expected containment date of Sept. 1.
Friday morning’s report at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6116/ states that the Shasta County Sheriff was scheduled to lift all evacuations for the Hirz Fire as of 10 a.m. Friday.
Residents were asked to drive with extreme caution as firefighters are still working along Gilman, Old Mill and Hirz Mountain Roads.
Residents of Old Mill Road, Bonnie Vista Lane, Top of the Hill Trail, Hirz Mountain Road, the north side of Gilman Road, and the Bollibokka Fishing Club may return to their homes.
No structures have been burned in the fire and electrical power was never turned off. Some of the telephone lines were damaged, according to the report.
National Forest System roads and trails and some recreation sites remain closed.
During a meeting about the Hirz Fire held in McCloud Monday evening, the fire was reported to be about 13 miles south of McCloud. It had burned about 15,000 acres and was 11 percent contained then.
Nor Cal Team 1 Incident Commander Curtis Coots said the fire was traveling about 1/8 to 1/4 mile a day. He said that in a worse scenario it could travel a mile a day.
Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey told the audience in McCloud that they will try to give 24-hour warning for evacuations if necessary, and he advised residents to start thinking of what to take in preparation for evacuation: important papers, valuables, medications, livestock and pets. Keep gas tank full and have water and a flashlight in vehicle. Have plans for where to take livestock or pets in case of an evacuation.
Sheriff Lopey said, “Code Red is a reverse 911 system. It will give periodic reports directly to your phone. To obtain Code Red, call 1-866-939-0911 or on your computer, go to website, Siskiyou County Emergency Services, then click on Code Red, then click on Get It Now.”
The current Hirz Fire situation as reported Friday morning: “The fire was active in the north near High Mountain and upper Tuna Creek and backing down to the road along the McCloud River. On the western edge of the fire, resources will continue to use strategic firing operations as conditions allow to hold and secure fire lines. If conditions become favorable during the day crews will conduct burning operations near Green Mountain. Fire activity may be visible from Highway 5 so please use caution while driving through the area. Crews also continue to scout for opportunities to safely check the fire spread to the north.”
The McCloud River Arm is closed to boat access just above Holiday Harbor and the Shasta Caverns Ferry. Recreation sites closed due to the Hirz Fire are: Hirz Bay, Moore Creek, Pine Point, Ellery Creek, Dekkas Rock and McCloud Bridge. Due to the Carr Fire, Beehive Campground is closed.
Other recreational facilities remain open for visitors, including Bailey Cove, Fisherman’s Point, Centimudi, and Jones Valley on the shores of Lake Shasta. For specific recreation information, please call the Shasta Lake Ranger District at (530) 275-1587.
More than 1,100 personnel were working on the Hirz Fire as of Friday morning’s report, using 67 engines and 9 helicopters. It was reported to be human caused.