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Freak Hail Storm Reported Over Hog Fire Near Susanville

Some bizarre behavior has been reported on the Hog Fire, burning about 5 miles west of Susanville. It’s been creating its own weather as it built a Pyrocumulus head. On Tuesday that head collided with a storm front and created dime-sized hail that dumped directly over the fire. Temperatures dropped as much as 40 degrees within minutes. The Hog Fire started Saturday afternoon near Hog Flat Reservoir and has burned more than 9420 acres with 9% containment. Hundreds of structures are threatened as many evacuations remain in effect. Highway 44 and Highway 36 are closed. The fire has also destroyed a key fiber optic line, cutting off communications for much of Susanville and Cal-Fire Headquarters. Changing weather patterns are expected to be troublesome Wednesday.

Another fire that broke out Monday in Lassen County has grown to 8,500 acres with just 5% containment. Located near Highway 139 and County Road A-2 south of Adin, the Gold Fire has prompted a number of evacuations. Two firefighters were injured at that blaze Monday afternoon and were flown to a hospital in Redding,but there are no details on their conditions or what happened.