Incident UpdateMcFarland Fire

Date: 08/18/2021 Time: 12:00 PM

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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
107102
Containment
51
Expected Full Containment
Structures Threatened
Structures Destroyed
Structures Damaged
Civilian Injuries
Firefighter Injuries
Civilian Fatalities
Firefighter Fatalities

Current Situation

Situation Summary

Current Situation:

The fire held overnight east of Vestal Road. To the north, dozers were able to continue construction of direct fire line and structure preparation continued along Highway 36. Predicted winds pushed hard overnight and created active fire behavior. Crews were successful in the area just west of Ball Road in keeping the fire south of Highway 36.   

Today, crews will maintain, strengthen, and secure existing lines along Hwy 36 and Vestal Road and secure the structures.  Crews will focus efforts on establishing new control lines along the southern area of the fire.  Mop up and patrol will continue along the fire’s northwest area. There is ongoing damage assessment within the fire perimeter.      

Today’s weather:  A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 8 PM tonight for gusty northeast winds and low relative humidity. West to northwest winds gusting to 20 mph will gradually shift to the north to northeast late tonight with gusts up to 25 mph.  

Road Closures:

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

Tehama County Evacuations  

North of Petty John Road to Hwy 36W and west of the intersection of Hwy 36W and Canon Road to Tehama/Trinity County line is under evacuation ORDER. North of Bowman Road and Hwy 36W west of Luce Griswold to the Tehama/Trinity County line is under evacuation WARNING. https://www.facebook.com/tehamadsa  

Shasta County Evacuations    

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office is issuing 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. 

Assigned Resources

Engines
34
Water Tenders
12
Helicopters
7
Air Tankers
Dozers
13
Hand Crews
18
Other
Total Personnel
631
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