Friday Feb 03, 2023

UPDATED: True acreage of Flanagan Fire determined to be more than 50 acres; containment grows – Record Searchlight


Resident describes Flanagan Fire, escaped controlled burn near Redding

Jodi Lucas of Walker Mine Road outside Redding describes fire in background.

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Firefighters battled a vegetation fire that threatened homes north of Redding and prompted evacuations Friday afternoon.

The Flanagan Fire was burning in the area of Walker Mine Road west of Lake Boulevard. As of late Friday afternoon, the fire was 40 acres with 20% containment.

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11 a.m.: True acreage of Flanagan Fire determined to be 88 acres, containment grows to 60% 

Cal Fire officials said the containment of the fire has grown to 60% and although the Flanagan Fire has not grown, it has actually burned through 88 acres of land.

Officials had to estimate the size of the fire Friday and determined it to be about 50 acres from an aerial view, Cal Fire spokesperson, Jennifer Shaw said. On Saturday, Cal Fire personnel were able to walk with a GPS to determine its exact size, 88 acres, Shaw said. 

“It hasn’t necessarily grown, this is just the true acreage. We just didn’t have the mapping yet,” she said. “That happens a lot. It’s pretty common on fires.”  

Saturday, 9:15 a.m.: Fire holds at 40 acres, containment grows 

The Flanagan Fire remains burning at 40 acres but containment on the fire grew to 50% by 8 a.m. Saturday morning, according to Cal Fire officials. 

Containment on the Flanagan Fire grew to 40% on Friday night, Cal Fire officials announced in an incident report.

“Firefighters aggressively fought the Flanagan Fire from the air and ground … today. Fire personnel will remain at scene tonight working to extinguish the fire and improve containment lines,” the report said.

“For the #FlanaganFire, per the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, all evacuation warnings and orders have been lifted,” Shasta County spokesperson Tim Mapes said in an email. “Areas previously under evacuation order are open to residents only. Please use caution when in the area as there is still a large presence of fire personnel and equipment.”

The wind-driven Flanagan Fire on Friday evening was holding at 40 acres and containment was still at 20%.

Firefighters were making good progress on the fire after the wind slowly calmed. The wind station at Whiskey Lake West showed the wind was blowing west to northwest at 6 mph.

The vegetation fire broke out around 10:30 a.m. in the area of Walker Mine Road and Flanagan Road. By early afternoon, its nearness to homes triggered road closures and evacuation orders.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office ordered residents off Walker Ridge …….


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