Firefighters, on Friday, made progress battling wildfires in northern California burning several homes and forcing thousands to flee communities as officials braced for a hot, crowded Fourth of July weekend that could bring the risk of flames.
Three wildfires in vicinity of the towering Mount Shasta volcano, an hour’s drive north of the Oregon border, have burned about 155 square miles of land.
Property and property damage sustained in the Salt fire that broke out near Interstate 5 on Wednesday, prompting evacuations of some streets in Lakehead, a township with a population of about 700 north of the town of Redding.
A reporter from the Redding Record Searchlight saw at least a dozen structures destroyed south of Lakehead, including homes, garage and outbuildings, the newspaper reported.
The salt fire stretched across nearly 8 square miles and was 5% contained, said Adrienne Freeman, a Shasta-Trinity National Forest spokeswoman.
Firefighters were trapping mop across the western side of the Tennant fire in the Klamath National Forest, making good progress on the most active eastern part of the building, Fire Department official Pat Bell said in a morning briefing.