Updated: Aug. 25, 10:33 a.m.
A fire burning in Shasta County north of Bella Vista has forced the evacuation of nearly 4,000 people Thursday, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.
Cal Fire reported that about 1,100 structures are threatened by Mountain Fire, which began Thursday around noon and has burned 600 acres. The fire was 80 percent contained as of Sunday morning. So far, Cal Fire reports that three homes, four outbuildings and one unspecified structure have been damaged or destroyed by the blaze.
Cal Fire Capt. Robert Foxworthy says the winds have died down Thursday evening. The fire has slowed and flames have decreased. Crews are battling the blaze by ground and air. A north wind drove the fire in a combination of grass, brush and some oak trees.
Foxworthy says the fire is burning not too far from last year's Carr Fire, which destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Shasta and Trinity counties.
You can find information about evacuation areas and road closures on the Shasta County Sheriff's website.
An evacuation center is set up at CrossPointe Community Church at 2960 Hartnell Road in Redding. The previous evacuation center at Shasta College is closed because the Shasta College campus is now being evacuated. Evacuees can take dogs and cats to Haven Humane, and horses and livestock to Redding Rodeo Grounds.
#MountainFire - ATTENTION! EVACUATION CENTER HAS BEEN MOVED TO CROSSPOINTE COMMUNITY CHURCH located at 2960 Hartnell Road Redding, Ca.— Shasta Co. Sheriff (@ShastaSheriff) August 22, 2019
Shasta College Campus is closed effective immediately!
Firefighters are battling in high temperatures, expected to be above 100 degrees for the next few days. PG&E Spokesperson Paul Moreno reported on Twitter that the utility has turned off power to about 1,200 customers in the area of the Mountain Fire for firefighter safety.
Cal Fire has reported two injuries so far in the fire.
This story is developing and will be updated. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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