With a red flag fire danger warning this weekend, crews battling the Carr Fire are expecting a difficult fight in the fire’s northern reaches. Heavy timber and steep terrain continue to complicated the efforts. The Carr Fire is 181,496 acres and is now 51% contained. Solid containment lines have been built along populated areas, not only on the east side but also on the west side. We asked Shasta County Fire Chief and Cal-Fire Shasta-Trinity Unit Chief Mike Hebrard if people should still be worried about flames doubling back on their homes. Hebrard says that in the next day or so the solid containment line should extend all the way around the south end as the Ono and Platina areas are made safe. Also, he says there are always multiple back-up plans. No additional burned structures have been reported in the last couple of days. It remains at 1,077 homes, 22 commercial structures and 500 other buildings. 191 homes and 26 commercial structures have been damaged. 528 structures are still considered threatened. On Thursday repopulations included the Victoria Highland Subdivision.
A lot of material is left behind in the wake of the Carr Fire and Friday night is when property owners can begin to learn what to do about. Staff with the City of Redding and Shasta County will hold a community meeting to specifically discuss the issue of debris removal from private property. The State OES will also be represented. The meeting is in the Redding City Council Chambers at City Hall at 6 O’clock Friday. A follow-up meeting will be held at 6 O’clock Tuesday.