Delta Fire evacuation warning lifted for Dunsmuir

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Skies cleared and Mt. Shasta was a welcome sight to see from Mott Airport late Saturday morning, Sept. 15, 2018. With the Delta Fire 41 percent contained, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office lifted the evacuation warning for Dunsmuir residents as of noon on Saturday. Submitted photo by Therese Swenson

As of noon Saturday, Sept. 15, the evacuation warning for all Dunsmuir residents has been lifted.

The Delta Fire continues to burn about 14 miles south of Dunsmuir, but it no longer is seen as presenting an imminent or serious threat to Dunsmuir residents and those residing in the immediate area, according to a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office news release.

As of Saturday morning, the Delta Fire was reported to have burned approximately 60,000 acres and was 41 percent contained. Full containment is expected on or about Sept. 22.

The decision to lift the warning was made by the Siskiyou County Sheriff in coordination with Dunsmuir city officials and Delta Fire leaders.

The Evacuation Warning was issued, according to the Sheriff’s Office, “so that residents in Dunsmuir and vicinity could prepare themselves in the event an Evacuation Order was issued at a later time.”

Saturday morning’s Delta Fire update states that all evacuation zones and advisories have been lifted in Trinity County, and mandatory evacuations have been lifted for residents in the Dog Creek area, including Fenders Ferry Rd., Saylor Rd., Harr Ridge Rd., McCall Creek Rd., and Cavanaugh Canyon Rd.

All restrictions on Interstate 5 have been lifted, although some of the road systems off of the Interstate will remain closed due to fire suppression efforts.

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for the Sims Rd. area including Highland Lakes Rd., Upper Shotgun #1 and #2 Rd., Mears Ridge Rd., Fat Bear Way, Sims Lookout Rd., Hazel Creek Rd., and Girard Ridge Rd.

“The Delta Fire is no longer a serious or imminent threat to the citizens of Dunsmuir or other Siskiyou County residents in the area at this time,” Sheriff Jon Lopey states in the release. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the leaders and citizens of Dunsmuir for their patience, support, the compassion and team work they displayed helping others prepare for a possible evacuation. I would also like to thank the multitude of courageous first responders, including firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical responders, highway workers, incident command team personnel, support persons, private contractors, and involved private companies, along with the thousands of federal, state, local, and tribal partners who have worked so hard to protect Dunsmuir and all impacted citizens from this catastrophic fire emergency and the many incidents that arose from its influence and impact.”

Anyone with questions should contact the SCSO’s 24-Hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900 or the Dunsmuir SCSO Substation at (530) 235-2320 or 235-2232.