The fire started at approximately 8:30 p.m. CAL FIRE Siskiyou, Weed City Fire Department, Hammond Ranch Fire Department and Mount Shasta Fire Department all responded to the incident.

By Danielle Jester

A fire that was reported between the Taco Bell and railroad tracks in south Weed Monday night triggered a unified command response. CAL FIRE Siskiyou Public Information Officer Suzi Brady explained that because the fire posed a threat to State Responsibility Area lands, CAL FIRE and the local government worked as one to put out the fire.

The fire started at approximately 8:30 p.m. CAL FIRE Siskiyou, Weed City Fire Department, Hammond Ranch Fire Department and Mount Shasta Fire Department all responded to the incident.

The fire was contained at approximately 10:20 p.m. and at midnight the unified command response ended and command was turned back over to the City of Weed. Though the fire was initially reported to have burned one acre of vegetation, better mapping showed that the fire only grew to about a half acre, Brady said.

Brady cautions residents that though Siskiyou County saw a wet winter, grasses are still fairly dry and can burn quickly. Individuals who are burning should use extreme caution and be sure to have proper clearance around burn piles. Residents must follow the requirements described in their burn permits.