A fire in Shasta County that prompted evacuations and road closures in the community of Jones Valley northeast of Redding Thursday remains at 600 acres and is now 40 percent contained, according to a Cal Fire briefing held at the Shasta District Fairgrounds in Anderson earlier Friday morning.
Although firefighters have started containing the Mountain Fire, Cal Fire officials reminded crews going into the field that the blaze is burning in an area that has been historically challenging for the unit. They said priorities include buttoning up the northwest side of the fire, finishing mopping up hotspots and staying safe.
“We have an apparent amount of snags, steep slopes, shifting winds today, spot fires, there could be insects and snakes,” an official said.
Firefighters will be working in 105 degree heat with changing winds.