Mill Fire containment expected later in the day Friday

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
One of two air tankers that helped with the initial attack on the Mill Fire in Weed Thursday, May 19, 2016. Photo contributed by Dave and Cathy Athens

As of Friday morning, firefighters had the Mill Fire in Weed completely lined, and full containment is expected later in the day, according to an update from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

The most recent information available has the fire at 56 acres and 50% contained.

Weather in the area is forecast to be cooler and wetter through early next week.

The Mill Fire started at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, on the east side of the Union Pacific Railroad, approximately 2 miles east of the Roseburg Mill. It was difficult to access at first, according to the update, and is burning in “heavy drought-stricken timber.”

No injuries have been reported, no evacuations have been ordered, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Resources responding include local volunteer fire departments, CAL FIRE, and US Forest Service firefighters from the Shasta-Trinity and Klamath National Forests. Two tankers and one helicopter were used during initial attack.

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