Public meeting about Hirz Fire to held in McCloud Monday, Aug. 20

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A US Forest Service map of the Hirz Fire as of Monday morning, Aug. 20, 2018. Burning 18 miles northeast of Redding, the fire was reported at 14,709 acres and 11 percent contained.

A public meeting about the Hirz Fire is scheduled for today, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. at McCloud High School, 133 Campus Way in McCloud.

The Hirz Fire was reported at 14,709 acres and 11 percent contained as of Monday morning, Aug. 20, with a Sept. 1 expected containment.

Burning 18 miles northeast of Redding, the fire started Aug. 9 and is listed as human caused.

More than 1,000 personnel were working the fire as of Monday morning, including 23 hand crews along with 63 engines, 43 bulldozers and 9 helicopters.

Information about the Hirz Fire is being posted at:

Following is the Forest Service Fire Update released the morning of Aug. 20, 2018:

“Current Fire Situation: Overnight, fire crews continued firing operations off of Bucks Peak, working south along the constructed dozer line towards Old Mill Road and west towards Middle Salt Creek to protect residences. This strategic firing is progressing slowly to ensure fire behavior is moderated and controlled. The fire will back away from ignition operations, creating a wide black line along the perimeter of the fire. Another tool that firefighters may use over the next few days is an aerial firing technique called Plastic Sphere Dispenser. This enables the ignition of low-intensity fire in areas that are otherwise inaccessible and will be used to burn out interior portions of the fire area. In the northeast, the fire is moving north towards Nawtawaket Mountain and High Mountain. Firing operations around the Bollibokka Fishing Club, have provided a wide fire break for protection of the club.

“Today, winds will be mild and the inversion will cause the area to be smoky throughout the day. While uncomfortable for residents in the communities, the inversion helps firefighters as it slows progress and allows for better control of the active fire.

“Residents of Old Mill Road, Bonnie Vista Lane, Top of the Hill Trail, Hirz Mountain Road, the north side of Gilman Road, and the Bollibokka Fishing Club are still evacuated. Because the fire is slow moving, the evacuation will remain in place until authorities determine there is no longer a threat to structures in the area.

“Gilman Road continues to have a soft closure in place for the area between Old Mill Road and the McCloud River Bridge. Residents who live south of Gilman Road within the soft closure area, who have not been notified to evacuate, will be allowed to continue accessing their property. Please use extreme caution when driving Gilman Road and be alert for fire suppression vehicles and crews working along the road.

“Recreation Closures: The McCloud River Arm is closed to access just above Holiday Harbor. Recreation sites closed due to the Hirz Fire are: Hirz Bay, Moore Creek, Pine Point, Ellery Creek, Dekkas Rock and McCloud Bridge. Due to the Carr Fire, Beehive Campground is closed.

“Recreational Facilities Open for Visitors: Bailey Cove, Fisherman’s Point, Centimudi, and Jones Valley are just some of the facilities open to the public on the shores of Lake Shasta. For specific recreation information, please call the Shasta Lake Ranger District at (530) 275-1587.”