A community meeting about the Hirz Fire has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. at the Dunsmuir Community Center on Dunsmuir Ave.
As of Wednesday morning, Aug. 29, the Hirz Fire was reported to be 33,044 acres and 32 percent contained with an expected full containment date of Sept. 9. Total personnel on the fire was reported to be 2,174.
Previous meetings about the Hirz Fire were held last week in McCloud and Mount Shasta.
Fire officials will give an overview of current and expected fire conditions, according to information posted on the InciWeb website. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. For those unable to attend, the meeting will be available on Facebook Live.
During those meetings, residents were given information and handouts on air quality and fire preparedness, including signing up for Siskiyou County’s Code Red reverse 911 notification system.
Tuesday’s report showed the Hirz Fire to be 12 miles from Dunsmuir, 9 miles from Castella, 16 miles from McCloud and 20 miles from Mount Shasta.
No homes of structures have been damaged by the Hirz Fire, which has been burning since Aug. 9 in rugged terrain east of Interstate 5 about 18 miles northeast of Redding.
The US Forest Service, CAL FIRE, and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office are in unified command in response to the Hirz Fire.
The Incident command post is relocating to McCloud this week “to allow crews more efficient access to the active northern and western areas of the fire,” according to this morning’s update posted at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6116/.
A smaller base camp will remain in Shasta Lake City to support firefighters working on the southern portions of the fire.
This morning’s update stated: “Temperatures are predicted to be slightly cooler today with the inversion layer projected to lift around midday. Smoke is likely to affect surrounding communities. Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft will drop water and retardant on the north and west sides of the fire as visibility improves throughout the day. Firefighters will continue to strengthen and improve the fireline with firing operations and hose lays, in a south-southwest direction from Tombstone Mountain, as conditions allow, in order to connect the fire to the indirect firelines created by handcrews and dozers. Crews will further increase and improve containment lines in less active portions of the fire by removing hazard trees, strengthening lines, and extinguishing heat near the perimeter. Indirect and contingency lines continue to be constructed and strengthened along Yellowjacket Ridge and areas to the north, east, and west of the fire.”