Lava Fire forces evacuation orders, road closures in Siskiyou County

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The Latest – Thursday, July 1

7:15 a.m.

The Lava Fire is 19% contained, with 19,680 acres burned.

The Latest – Wednesday, June 30

7:30 a.m.

The Lava Fire is 17% contained, with 17,591 acres burned.

WEED, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in Northern California has grown significantly and begun to pose a threat to communities.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders Monday for the Lake Shastina and Juniper Valley areas.

Ignited by lightning on June 24, the Lava Fire is burning north of the city of Weed in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, about 250 miles (402 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

The region was under excessive-heat warnings, with afternoon high temperatures expected to range from 100 degrees (37.7 Celsius) to 110 degrees (43.3 Celsius).

Highway 97 between the city of Week and Juniper Lodge is currently closed for 30 miles, according to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest department.

It is 20% contained, with 13,300 acres burned as of Tuesday, a jump from Monday’s report of 1,400 acres burned.

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