Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Shortly after full containment was announced for the Carr Fire, which destroyed thousands of structures in and near Redding, a new fire in Oregon generated an emergency declaration to prevent the same thing from happening near Grants Pass.

Called the Hugo Road Fire, the fire started Sept. 2 just 10 miles northwest of Grants Pass, prompting several evacuations and warnings for others to remain ready. The cause is still under investigation and reports say it had consumed 700 acres as of Sunday morning.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released information Tuesday morning saying it had authorized the use of federal funds to help firefighters with the cost of battling the Hugo Road Fire.

“The fire was 15 percent contained and was threatening homes in and around the communities of Hugo and Merlin,” the FEMA release said. “Mandatory and voluntary evacuations were issued for residents near the affected communities.”

According to FEMA, the fire threatened to cause a major disaster, with homes around the communities of Hugo and Merlin in its path.

Natalie Weber, an information officer with the Oregon Department of Forestry said Wednesday the 200-acre fire was considered 67 percent contained and some evacuation orders were expected to be lifted soon. The fire also destroyed two homes and a number of outbuildings, she said.

“All of the communities were protected,” Weber said. “Firefighters saved close to 100 homes in the area.”

FEMA said funding helps bring the necessary people and equipment to avert threats.

“Eligible items can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, repair and replacement, mobilization and demobilization activities, and tools, materials and supplies,” the release states.

Tuesday, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office gave evacuation notices to about 21 residences and told dozens of others to be ready to go.

“A human and animal shelter has been established at the Josephine County Fairgrounds by the American Red Cross and Josephine County Public Health,” said a release from the JCSO.

A fire Information Line, 541-474-5305, is staffed to answer calls between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. 7 days a week.

The Carr Fire, which burned 229,65 acres and destroyed 1,079 houses, 22 commercial structures, 503 outbuildings in west Redding, was declared 100 percent contained Sept. 1.

The Mill Creek 1 Fire, near Hoopa, which burned 3,674 acres and was determined to have been an act of arson, was declared fully contained on Aug. 30.

Close to contained

The Mendocino Complex, which began as two fires in Lake and Mendocino Counties, was declared 98 percent contained as of Tuesday, according to Inciweb. At time of containment, the fire was estimated to have burned a total of 459,102 acres, making it the largest wildland fire in California history.

The Natchez Fire, burning near the Oregon border inside Del Norte County is said to be 70 percent contained and has burned more than 30,000 acres.

Over the border in Oregon, the Klondike fire has burned 112,0307 acres and is said to be 46 percent contained. The Taylor Creek Fire, north of the Klondike Fire has burned over 52,000 acres and is 95 percent contained.

New fires

A fire that broke out North of Redding closed both directions of Interstate 5 north of Redding Wednesday. Called the Delta Fire, the 500-acre blaze was reported by Inciweb to have been burning on both sides of the interstate 10 miles north of Redding at the Fawndale exit. The fire could be seen live on Caltrans District 2 traffic cameras. The cause is under investigation and some evacuations had been issued as of press time.

Another has started in Trinity County and National Forest officials say it’s growing as of Wednesday. Called the Kerlin Fire, the 100-plus-acre fire is burning West of Hyampom and air tankers have dropped fire retardant around 90 percent of the perimeter.

According to a release from the Shasta Trinity National Forest, the fire was first reported Sept. 4 about 3 p.m. and the cause has not been determined. No evacuations were in place Wednesday but nearby residents were warned to be vigilant.

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