Terrain
Satellite
OSM
Lava
FIRE
26,365
acres
53.4 mi
SSE of Ashland, OR
78%
contained
Fire Status:
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
28 mins, 33 secs ago
Incident #:
2021-CASHF-000949
Fire Start:
Thursday, June 24, 2021 9:35 PM PDT
Resources:
BC-52 E-363
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 19 hours, 53 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Lava Fire

The Lava Fire started on 6/24/21 by lightning and is burning northeast of the community of Weed. Below average winter snowpack and very hot, dry windy conditions created burning conditions similar to those normally experienced in August. Diurnal winds and drought conditions are contributed to the northeast and eastern fire spread. Challenges to firefighters included steep, rocky terrain, limited road access to the fire, and limited water sources near the fire. The fire spread by short range spotting and single and group tree torching through grass, brush and scattered timber.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Lightning
Date of Origin:
Saturday, July 24, 2021 7:45 AM PDT
Location:
Northeast of the community of Weed
Incident Commander:
Dustin Lopez, ICT4
Incident Description:
Single Complex
Coordinates:
41.459, -122.329

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
33
Size (Acres):
26,365
Containment:
78%
Estimated Containment Date:
Saturday, August 14, 2021 12:00 PM PDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)

Timber and brush fuels broken by lava stringers that separate the available fuels. Live fuel moistures are very low for this time of the year.
Significant Events:
Fire activity is minimal with smoldering and creeping towards tree line.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Crews will continue to actively patrol and suppress emerging hot spots within the fire perimeter as needed to minimize the possibility of fire spread. Firefighters will actively monitor fire activity near tree line on the northwest flank of Mt. Shasta.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: Mop-up is slow, especially in areas of lava. Firefighters will continue to secure lines and mop-up near Wildland Urban Interface areas. Within the burned area, pockets of smoke and unburned fuel islands will remain a concern especially in the northwest section near the Bolam Creek drainage.

24 hours: Mop-up is slow, especially in areas of lava. Continued securing of lines and mop-up near Wildland Urban Interface areas. Within the burned area, pockets of smoke and unburned fuel islands will remain a concern especially in the northwest section near the Bolam Creek drainage.

48 hours: Continued mop up and patrol. Within the burned area, pockets of smoke and unburned fuel islands will remain a concern.

72 hours: Continued mop up and patrol. Within the burned area, pockets of smoke and unburned fuel islands will remain a concern.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Continued mop up and patrol. Within the burned area, pockets of smoke and unburned fuel islands will remain a concern.
Remarks:
One Wildland Fire Module is actively watching the fire by Bolam Creek with another working near Diller Canyon. An agency engine is patrolling Highway 97 both day and night. Both Wildland Fire Module units are working night shifts.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
A red flag warning has been issued from 2 pm to 10 pm on Wednesday, with strong gusty south to southwest winds expected and continued low relative humidity. Poor overnight humidity recoveries are expected with mainly terrain-driven downslope winds. A cold front will push through the fire on Thursday, bringing a shift to northwesterly winds and a slight chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Lava Fire Information
Email: 2021.Lava@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-628-0039
Hours: 8am-9pm
Fire Unit Information
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002

Dispatch Contact

Redding Interagency Command Center | Redding, CA