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Evacuation orders lifted after Mountain Fire destroys 14 buildings, hurts 3 in Shasta County

‘A wall of flames…they were coming right at us.’ Woman describes escape from Mountain Fire

Barbara Powers, a resident of a mobile home park on Bear Mountain Road near Redding, describes Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, how she rescued her dog as she was evacuated from the Mountain Fire.
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Barbara Powers, a resident of a mobile home park on Bear Mountain Road near Redding, describes Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, how she rescued her dog as she was evacuated from the Mountain Fire.

Fourteen buildings, including seven homes, have been destroyed in a 600-acre wildfire burning in Shasta County as of Saturday, with fire crews planning to work through the weekend to hold the lines and increase containment.

On Saturday afternoon, mandatory evacuations and road closures were lifted for the area of Bella Vista, the rural community northeast of Redding in the fire’s path when the Mountain Fire sparked Thursday.

On the day the fire sparked, nearly 4,000 residents were forced to evacuate according to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

Three people suffered minor injuries, Cal Fire said.

The fire was 70 percent contained by Saturday afternoon. In addition to 14 buildings destroyed, seven structures, including four homes, have been damaged in the fire, Cal Fire said.

“Firefighters will continue to extinguish interior hot spots and secure the containment lines. Damage assessment is ongoing,” Cal Fire said in its news release.

With the evacuations lifted, the Red Cross said it would close its shelter in Redding at 8 p.m. Saturday.

“Residents traveling in the vicinity are asked to drive with caution as fire apparatus and emergency personnel continue to work in the area,” Cal Fire stated.

Cal Fire, the state fire prevention and forestry agency, had 903 fire personnel assigned to the Mountain Fire, including 31 fire crews, 79 fire engines, 12 water tenders, 12 bulldozers and 73 firefighters tackling the fire from the skies.

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Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks covers Sacramento County and the cities and suburbs beyond the capital. She’s previously worked at The New York Times and NPR, and is a former Bee intern. She graduated from UC Berkeley, where she was the managing editor of The Daily Californian.
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