Grade fire near Yreka just five percent contained

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
The Grade Fire near Yreka as seen Wednesday evening, Aug. 24, 2016.

The Grade Fire two miles north of Yreka off Hwy 263 had burned 400 acres and was just 5 percent contained as of 8 a.m. this morning.

An evacuation warning for Yreka was lifted last night but remained for the Hawkinsville area. Hundreds were forced to evacuate, according to CAL FIRE. Hwy 263 is closed.

The fire started just before 3 p.m. Aug. 24 and spread near residential structures. Agencies from Weed to Hornbrook responded. Bulldozers, helicopters and other resources were brought in.

Throughout California, CAL FIRE reports that 11,700 firefighters were battling 9 large wildfires Thursday morning, including the 43,000 acre Chimney Fire in San Luis Obispo County and the 90,000 acre Soberanes Fire in Monterey County.