Wednesday morning update on Siskiyou evacuations, highways and smoke

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Plumas hot shots working on the Coffee Fire in the Trinity Alps Wilderness southwest of Mount Shasta Aug. 4, 2014. The fire was listed at 4,665 acres and 15 percent contained as of early Wednesday afternoon.

An update from the Siskiyou County Information Forum regarding evacuation orders, highway openings, the Yreka evacuation shelter, animals, and smoke conditions:

July Complex

The July Complex Mandatory Evacuation remains in effect for residents of Music Creek, South Russian Creek, and Rainbow Mine.

The order was issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office effective 7 p.m. Aug. 5. It was issued to all the residents east of Sawyers Bar Road on the 40N54 Road.

Five residents had been evacuated as of Wednesday morning. Evacuees can utilize the Red Cross Shelter at the Jackson Street Elementary School at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Evacuation Advisory for residents of Quartz Valley and Mugginsville remains in effect. The notice is for all residents along Quartz Valley Road between Scott River Road and Oro Fino Road. More than 450 single residences and 40 miner structures are affected. See:

The advisory evacuation issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has expanded to include the area between Lumgrey Creek to the Doggett Creek. Traffic on Highway 96 is not advised due to fire activity. Evacuees can utilize the Red Cross Shelter at the Jackson Street Elementary School at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. Please call the Beaver Fire Information line at (530) 331-0737 or the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 841-2900 for current evacuation status.

Highway 97 open

Highway 97 is open and Oregon Gulch Fire is in mop up status on the California side.

Animal information for evacuees

Dog accommodations for evacuees at the Yreka Shelter at Jackson Street Elementary School: kennels are available for dogs only (if you need to shelter with a cat, you must provide your own portable cat kennel and the cat will be required to stay in the kennel, outside in the kennel area, while the evacuee is housed at the shelter).

Large animal housing and/or transportation is available for evacuees. For large animals needs, call Matt Rokes, Sheriff Posse, at (530) 598-7821 or Jodi Aceves, Emergency Operations Center, at (530) 643-3668 for specific instruction.


Siskiyou County Public Health Officer Dr. Stephen Perlman continues to advise residents throughout Siskiyou County to be aware that air quality may be extremely poor in many area due to smoke. Residents with lung or heart disease and the elderly are advised to leave areas where levels of particulate matter are high. Prolonged or heavy exertion should be avoided outdoors by all residents. Due to shifting winds the air quality will vary from hour to hour.