Many helped stop fire near Lake Shastina

Dana Flint
Dry conditions made mopping the Ordway Fire a group effort March 12, 2018 near Lake Shastina.

Evacuation orders were given to area residents soon after firefighters started working on a brush and tree fire Monday evening near Lake Shastina.

Many area agencies responded to the Ordway Fire, south of Jackson Ranch Road, and it was held to three acres.

The fire destroyed no structures and was declared 100 percent contained Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., according to CAL FIRE information officer Suzy Brady. “The reason for the fire is still under investigation,” she said.

Lake Shastina Fire Chief Steve Pappas said, “CAL FIRE got here really quick; and Weed City started putting hose down.” Lake Shastina Fire Department responded quickly, as well. They were at the fire four to five minutes after getting the call at 4:46 p.m., Pappas said.

Fire crews from Mayten, Montague, Gazelle, Hammond Ranch, Mount Shasta, Lake Shastina, Weed and CAL FIRE Yreka made up the more than 20 vehicles at the blaze. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services was also on hand. Jason Vela of OES said they were on hand because of the evacuation.

The evacuation order was lifted by 6:45 p.m., said Zackary Schnack of the Sheriff’s Office, who was monitoring traffic on Ordway Road.

Jackson Ranch Road was closed from about 5 to 6 p.m.

The fire was stopped about 300 yards from the nearest house, Pappas said. “It looked like it was going to make a really good push,” he said.

The fire occurred south of Ordway Road on a long, sandy driveway that had a 50-yard fuel break to the east of the burn. However, the winds were running from the south Monday, and the fire went northward.

Captain G. Roath of CAL FIRE said the fire is being treated as a crime scene to determine how it started, as are all fires.

CAL FIRE also fought a fire in Dorris Monday night, Brady said. That four-acre fire started in a commercial hay structure and burned around 50 bales of hay. No structures were damaged, and CAL FIRE declared it 100 percent contained Monday night.