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THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE: Clover Fire 75% contained, 68 homes destroyed

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:41:23 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 12 2013 09:55:41 PM CDT

As of Thursday evening the Clover Fire burning southwest of Redding in the Happy Valley and Igo areas had burned 8,073 acres and containment had increased to 75%.  After a more thorough survey, CAL FIRE confirms 68 homes were destroyed and 128 outbuildings were destroyed.  Five homes were damaged and 10 outbuildings were damaged.

Sheriff Tom Bosenko has declared a local emergency for the Clover Fire incident. The declaration will go before the Shasta County Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17 for ratification. If ratified, the declaration will go to the California State Office of Emergency Services and the Board may request a declaration by Governor Brown. A Governor’s declaration may bring resources and services from the State for the County and its citizens.

CAL FIRE, Shasta County Sheriff’s Department, Shasta County Public Works and PG&E are working to eliminate hazards within the fires perimeter to re-populate evacuees. Firefighters are continuing to work throughout the night strengthening controls lines and mopping up hot spots around the fire perimeter. A Damage Inspection Team will continue to assess properties in the affected communities.

The evacuation center is located at Igo Community Church at 6287 Placer St. Igo.

CAL FIRE issued a news release explaining their plan to gradually reopen roads in the fire zone to allow evacuated residents to return.   CAL FIRE said their responsibility is to make the area safe.  This map shows CAL FIRE'S plan to re-populate the area in three phases between Thursday and Saturday. Clover fire map.pdf

· County Roads is working to make roads safe including guardrails, debris, etc

· Hazard Trees - Need to make all trees safe especially along roadways

· PG&E has approximately 200 power poles to replace concern about downed wires and back feed from generators. PG&E has 30 crews working to restore power and has many roadways blocked. As power is turned on, each residence must be inspected to ensure downed power lines do not present an issue.

· CAL FIRE is doing everything they can to accommodate civilians and get people back into their homes. Two phases of repopulation were completed Thursday. The next two are Saturday.

Phase II was implemented at 4:00pm, Thursday September 12.

·  Road closure in effect at Cloverdale and Dale Road was moved south to Dale Road and Panther Road. (Panther Road is Open)

·  Road closure at Cobblestone and Cloverdale remains in effect.

·   Road closed at Gas Point and Clear Creek remains in effect.

·   Road closure at Gas Point and Lower Gas Point near the Veteran’s Cemetery will be established

·   Southern Gas Point Road closure will be moved to Gas Point and Coal Pit Road.

·    Coal Pit Road remains closed.

·    All closures on Cloverdale and Clear Creek have been removed.

Phase III Small Farms Estimate 10 a.m., Saturday September 14

· Residents Only

· Must work with PG&E, possible impacts to roadways as they finish work

· Maintain road closures to residents only in Small Farms

· Lift all other road closures

Phase IV Small Farms, Estimate 8 p.m. Saturday September 14

· Eliminate all road closures

· PG&E to maintain traffic control as needed

(530) 225-2510 (Clover Fire Information)

Total Fire Personnel:1,502  
Total Fire Engines:159  
Total Fire crews:37  
Total Airtankers:1  
Total Helicopters:4  
Total Dozers:6  
Total Water Tenders:23  

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