Officials have issued a closure of the national forest lands in the Shasta Lake Ranger District. The closure is necessary to reduce the risk of danger to the public and fire fighting personnel working in the area. This is in addition to the closure of the Shasta Trinity National Forest and BLM lands due to the Carr Fire. These closures will be in effect until the end of the year. Meantime, resources continue to implement strategic firing operations on the Hirz Fire in order to secure containment as the fire moves to the south. The fire is burning in mixed Conifer on the upper slopes and Oak woodland on the lower slopes near Shasta Lake and the McCloud River. As the fire moves closer to High Mountain Road on private timber land it will move into an area burned in 1999. It remains south of Middle South Creek. All evacuation orders and road closures remain in effect as well as closures of several recreation areas. The Hirz Fire has burned 20,504 acres and is 17 percent contained.