Incident UpdateMcFarland Fire

Date: 08/22/2021 Time: 10:06 AM

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Fire Information Line: Fire Information Line: (530) 330-4048 (8am-8pm daily)
Fire Information Email: 2021.mcfarland@firenet.gov 

Incident Facts

Name
McFarland Fire
Start Date/Time
2021-07-30
Incident Status
Active
Location
McFarland Ridge and Baker Flat, west of Platina
Type
Fire
Cause
Counties
Shasta
Admin Unit
Unified Command: Shasta-Trinity National Forest, CAL FIRE Tehama-Glenn Unit
Size
117985
Containment
66
Expected Full Containment
Structures Threatened
Structures Destroyed
Structures Damaged
Civilian Injuries
Firefighter Injuries
Civilian Fatalities
Firefighter Fatalities

Current Situation

Situation Summary

Current Situation:

The McFarland Fire is currently mapped at 117,985 acres and is 66% contained.

Light winds and good relative humidity recovery contributed to another quiet night on the McFarland Fire. Crews patrolled roads and mopped up hot spots when they were detected.

Today, crews will continue to prioritize work in Beegum Gorge and along Noble Ridge. Along the southern edge of the fire, crews have completed line north of Tomhead Mountain and near the boundary of the Yolla Bolly Wilderness. The fire below Tomhead Lookout is lined and holding secure.

Firefighters are beginning suppression repair on interior roads and dozer lines in the northern area, taking down hazard trees to allow access to the interior of the fire, and placing water bars to help prevent erosion in the future.

The weather today is expected to be similar to yesterday, with light, terrain-driven winds and temperatures slightly warmer than previous days. Without much air movement, a strong smoke inversion could lessen fire activity but would also inhibit aircraft use.

A damage assessment team has identified 11 residential structures and 14 other structures destroyed, and damage assessments are ongoing. To view the McFarland Fire structure status map please visit: https://arcg.is/1Pu8GW 

Road Closures

Hwy 36 is closed from Hwy 3 to Bowman Road.
For current road information visit quickmap.dot.ca.gov 

Tehama County Evacuations

EVACUATION ORDERS: The area west of Vestal and Weemasoul Roads to the Shasta/Tehama County line and south of Highway 36 in the fire area. EVACUATION WARNINGS: Hwy 36W from Bowman Road west to the county line and north to the Shasta County line (Zone 157). The area south of Hwy 36, east of Vestal and Weemasoul Roads, north of Pettyjohn, and west of Cottonwood Creek and Vestal Roads in the 4 corners area (Zones 158 and 169). Please click here to view the map for Tehama County: https://tinyurl.com/Evacuation-and-Road-Closure

Shasta County Evacuations

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has issued a mandatory evacuation ORDER for all residents within the township of Platina. The evacuation order includes all residences and roadways from the Trinity/Shasta County line east to the Shasta/Tehama County line. Residents are encouraged to use Platina Road as an evacuation route. There will be a temporary evacuation site at the Igo/Ono Elementary School. https://www.facebook.com/ShastaSheriff

FOREST CLOSURE IN EFFECT FOR MCFARLAND FIRE AREA:

All residents and visitors are reminded that the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has issued a closure order for the McFarland Fire, located in Trinity, Tehama and Shasta Counties. The order, Forest Order 14-21-22 (McFarland Fire Closure Order) was issued to protect public health and safety. Please check the Shasta Trinity National Forest Webpage under Alerts and Notices for the order and the map.

Forest visitors are reminded that fire restrictions remain in effect prohibit building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.

For more information please visit:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7746 
CAL FIRE: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/
Twitter: @ShastaTrinityNF/ @CALFIRETGU
Facebook: @ShastaTrinityNF/ CAL FIRE Tehama-Glenn Unit
Email: 2021.mcfarland@firenet.gov
Fire Information Line: (530) 330-4048 (8am-8pm daily) 

Assigned Resources

Engines
73
Water Tenders
22
Helicopters
6
Air Tankers
Dozers
14
Hand Crews
13
Other
Total Personnel
819
Cooperating Agencies
Name Phone URL
Shasta-Trinity National Forest (530) 226-2500 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7746/
CAL FIRE Tehama-Glen Unit https://twitter.com/CALFIRETGU