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Fires Destroy Homes In Shasta Lake, Burn 2500 Acres Near Susanville

Dozens of residents evacuated from a fire in the City of Shasta Lake have been cleared to return home. The Lake Fire started Saturday from a crash at Lake and Hill Boulevards and burned 71 acres, 3 houses, a garage and another outbuilding and multiple vehicles. The sheriff’s office says a 28-year-old Oak Run man is responsible for the Lake Fire. Joshua Devaney allegedly crashed a car at Lake and Hill Boulevards. A passerby pulled him to safety from the wrecked and burning car and he reportedly fled but returned a short time later and confessed. He was arrested for DUI.

A fire in Lassen County has spread. The Willard Fire started Sunday 7 miles southwest of Susanville. It’s burned 2500 acres so far with just 5% containment. No structures have burned but 625 homes are threatened. Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Gold Run, Hidden Hills, and the Cheney Creek Drainage east of Devil’s Corral.

A Siskiyou County forest fire is expected to die down this week. The Gap Fire started on the Klamath National Forest 20 miles west of Yreka August 27th. At least nine houses have been destroyed. The Gap Fire has burned 32,800 acres and is 85% contained. The increased acreage is due to pockets flaring up in the fire’s interior but the perimeter is not expanding. All evacuations have been lifted. Any information on the cause can be provided to a special Forest Service tip line at 841-4474.

Fire crews were dispatched Monday morning to a fire in Cottonwood. A structure was fully involved in flames at the JF Shea Gravel Plant where Trade Way meets Main Street. The fire was confined to the building.

A small but visible fire broke out in North Redding Sunday. It was reported at around 11:30AM near the top of the Sulphur Creek hill between Market Street and Hilltop Drive. It burned up to the rear of a business on Hilltop, but Redding Firefighters contained it at around a quarter acre. The cause is undetermined, though the remnants of a homeless camp was found in the midst of the burn.