Northern California Wildfire Growing, 2 Firefighters Injured

July 22, 2020

Firefighters and aircraft are working to halt the spread of two forest fires in rural northeastern California as unstable weather brought the risk of gusty winds, thunderstorms and lightning strikes that could start new blazes.

The Gold Fire in northern Lassen County has doubled in size to 14,000 acres south of the tiny Modoc County community of Adin. The fire was only 5% contained as of Wednesday evening.

Two firefighters were injured at that blaze Monday and were flown to a hospital in Redding but there were no details on their conditions or what happened, said Alisha Herring, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Herring said damage to a fiber optic cable was interfering with communication.

In southern Lassen County, the ccovered 9,420 aces about 5 miles from the town of Susanville and was just 9% contained. The size of the fire was reduced from earlier reports after improved mapping, Cal Fire said.

About 170 buildings were threatened and some evacuations were in effect.

In central California, the week-old Mineral Fire was 75% contained after scorching 29,667 acres and destroying seven structures in the Diablo Range west of Coalinga. More than 1,200 personnel are assigned to the blaze.

Several smaller wildfires burned elsewhere.

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