Quick containment of fire near Gilman Rd. expected; some lose power

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

A fire that started Friday afternoon, Sept. 21, near the Gilman Rd. area east of Interstate 5, had grown to 241 acres and was 50 percent contained as of Saturday morning.

PG&E reported Saturday morning that the fire had damaged some of its electric equipment, including sections of a transmission line. PG&E said resources were deployed to the area and were "working closely with fire officials to coordinate efforts and ensure public safety.

PG&E estimated that approximately 150 customers were without power Saturday morning, and some may be without power until Sunday evening.

Customers can report and get updates about power outages at PG&E's 24-Hour Customer Service Line: 1-800-743-5002.

Dubbed The Coal Fire, it is burning just south of the Salt Creek Fire area that burned in early August.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Coal Fire initially displayed aggressive fire behavior, according to an update from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. But "cooler temperatures overnight, combined with a very aggressive initial attack period that continued throughout the night, led to significant progress in fire containment efforts."

The update said the initial attack was accomplished by engines, hand crews, helicopters, and air tankers.

At the height of the fire 453 people were assigned, but resources were expected to be released Saturday morning.

There were some evacuations Friday afternoon in the Lakeview Estates area, but all evacuation orders were lifted as of Saturday morning and all roads were open.

The northbound lane of I-5 was restricted to one-lane traffic Saturday morning "to ensure firefighter safety for those working along the I-5 corridor."

Motorists were asked to be aware of the potential for slow traffic and the potential for smoke.

Full containment was estimated for Sunday, Sept. 23.

For additional information call 530-378-4856.

Brian Ramsey is the Incident Commander.