Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Mill, Siskiyou County
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: SKU
  • Size (acres): 3,935
  • Percent Contained: 95%
  • Estimate of Containment: September 14, 2022
  • Personnel: 92
  • Structures Destroyed: 115

Mill, Siskiyou Unit, Cal Fire. One mile northeast of Weed, CA. Short grass, brush and timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Several communities, numerous structures and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect.

September 12, 2022 at 8:26 AM

All evacuation orders and warnings within the Mill Fire perimeter have been lifted. A Proclamation of Local Health Emergency by Aaron Stutz, Siskiyou County Health Officer remains in effect. To review the proclamation visit: https://tinyurl.com/millhealthproclamation

The public needs to be aware fire apparatus and crews will be observed in the area for several days or weeks. Since wildfire has burned thru this area, this area may still be hazardous. When driving to your property check for hazards. At your property check for fire or fire damage. If your services are off, check for burned service equipment and facilities. When you have secured safety outside of your home, check inside for fire or damage.

For more information about returning home after a wildfire visit: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/postwildfire/after-a-wildfire/

September 12, 2022 at 8:25 AM

There was no fire growth overnight. Fire personnel will continue to be engaged in mop up and tactical patrol until the fire has reached full containment. Today it is expected to be partly cloudy with cooler temperatures and higher humidity through Wednesday.

September 11, 2022 at 7:56 PM

There was no fire growth today. Fire personnel are engaged in mop up and tactical patrol until the fire has reached full containment. Tomorrow it is expected to be partly cloudy with cooler temperatures and higher humidity through Wednesday. When driving around the fire, use caution.

September 11, 2022 at 8:56 AM

There was no fire growth today. Fire personnel will be actively engaged in mop up and tactical patrol until the fire has reached full containment.

A cooling trend is expected with higher humidity levels this week. When driving around the fire, use caution.

The Local Assistance Center will be located at the Weed Community Center, 161 East Lincoln Ave, Weed, CA. It will be open on September 11, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center will provide access to county departments, service providers, State, Federal as well as many others.

September 10, 2022 at 6:19 PM

There was no fire growth today. Fire personnel will be actively engaged in mop up and tactical patrol until the fire has reached full containment. Weather for Sunday, into early next week, a cooling trend is expected with higher humidity levels. When driving around the fire, use caution.

September 8, 2022 at 6:56 PM

Today’s fire had no growth. Sunny and cooler conditions prevailed across the incident today. For tonight, dry conditions will prevail. When driving around the fire, use caution.

Demobilization of excess resources continues.

September 8, 2022 at 7:35 AM

Fire activity last night was minimal, and no new fire growth occurred. Firefighters continue to mop up hot spots within the perimeter of the fire. Please use caution when driving in and around the area.

Weather today will have northeasterly winds, gusting around 20-25 MPH. Hot and dry conditions will continue throughout the day.

September 7, 2022 at 7:03 AM

Overnight the fire activity was minimal with continued isolated pockets of heat within the fire’s perimeter. Firefighters continue to work diligently towards full containment. The weather today will be hot and dry with a chance of isolated dry thunderstorms. Red Flag Warning is in effect for this afternoon and this evening. Damage Assessment teams continue to assess the fire area and is nearing completion.

September 6, 2022 at 7:58 PM

Minimal fire activity occurred today with small, isolated pockets of heat within the fire’s perimeter. Firefighters continue to reinforce established lines while still working towards full containment. Weather continued to be hot and dry with low relative humidity. Westerly wind gusts were observed this afternoon around 15mph. Tonight warm and dry conditions are expected to continue, and relative humidity will exhibit minimal recovery. Damage Assessment is nearing completion, inspection teams are still validating data. Reduction in acreage due to better mapping.

September 6, 2022 at 3:53 PM

Mill Fire Evacuation Orders Have Been Downgraded

WHEN: 3:00 P.M. 9/6/2022

WHERE: The following ZONES in Evacuation Order areas have been Downgraded.

LST-5218-C
SIS-5304-B
SIS-5304-C
SIS-5313-A
SIS-5310-A
SIS-5307-B
SIS-5307-C
WED-5408
WED-5420
WED-5417

ROAD CLOSURES:

  • Hoy Road at Jackson Ranch Road
  • Hoy Road at Carrick Creek
  • Highway 97 at Hoy Road
  • Highway 97 at Alameda Avenue
  • Highway 97 at Lincoln Avenue (West & East)
  • East Lincoln/Broadway at Roseburg Parkway
  • Big Springs Road at Jackson Ranch Road

OPEN TO RESIDENTS ONLY- ID OR PROOF OF RESIDENCY TO ENTER

September 6, 2022 at 8:14 AM

Firefighters are working towards full containment and reinforcing established lines. Smoldering and creeping fire behavior was observed overnight. Hot and Dry conditions will linger today with the potential for relative humidity to drop into the single digits. Winds are expected to increase this afternoon however the fire is not expected to grow. Damage assessments are ongoing as Assessment Teams continue to validate data collected. Repopulation in some areas has occurred as the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office continues to lift Evacuation Orders and Warnings.

September 5, 2022 at 7:32 PM

Minimal fire behavior reported. As of today CAL FIRE have made 306 inspections. There are three inspection teams of two working on this incident. Damage Inspection is ongoing, teams are still validating data. They have assessed 165 non-damaged structures.

Repopulation has begun in non-affected areas of the fire. Evacuations are still in place inside the fire perimeter due to life safety hazard.

Evacuation Orders: 9 Zones; 2,593 Population; 1,752 Structures.

Evacuation Warnings: 10 Zones; 1,851 Population; 1,464 Structures.

September 5, 2022 at 7:39 AM

Minimal fire behavior reported overnight. Firefighters continue to make good progress as they strengthen control lines and provide structure defense throughout the Mill Fire area. Critical fuel moistures are a concern as the weather gets warmer and dryer. The fire is not anticipated to spread. Damage assessment teams began validating damaged or destroyed structures. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has lifted some Evacuation Orders and Warnings, allowing residents to return. For information on returning home after a wildfire, visit readyforwildfire.org.

Mill Fire night ops
Photo courtesy CAL FIRE

Road Closures

Lake Shastina – Hard Closures

• Big Springs Rd @ Rancho Hills
• Big Springs Rd @ Jackson Ranch R
• Jackson Ranch Rd @ Edgewood

Weed – Hard Closures

• Hwy 97 @ W Inez
• Alamo Ave @ Railroad
• Hwy 97 @ Hoy Rd
• Hwy 97 @ Lincoln (East & West)
• Lincoln East/Broadway @ Roseburg Parkway
• Hwy 97 @ Alameda Ave

September 4, 2022 at 9:08 AM

Minimal fire behavior reported overnight. Evacuation orders and warnings in place with repopulation occurring where safely possible. Threat to power infrastructure remains. Highway 97 continues to be closed.

Exposure to responders include: steep inaccessible terrain, extreme fire behavior; rolling material; hazardous trees and snags; hot, dry and unstable conditions; strong gusty winds; smoke; marijuana grows; rattlesnakes; bees/wasps; poison oak; high temperatures; long travel distances; and unsafe driving conditions.

September 3, 2022 at 6:56 PM

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. Evacuation orders and warnings in place and repopulation occurring where safely possible. Threat to infrastructure remains and highway 97 is closed. Cal Fire IMT-5 (Hopkins) in command.

Damage Assessment imagery has been processed; 132 structures have been affected. Damage Inspection teams will will begin ground truthing damaged and destroyed structures tomorrow. Numbers will be reported after they have been verified.

September 3, 2022 at 7:33 AM

Cal Fire IMT-5 (Hopkins) assigned, in-brief today at 1100.

September 3, 2022 at 7:03 AM

September 2, 2022 at 8:07 PM

Per Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office: If you have loved ones and you are unable to reach them, please call 530-842-8746. A representative will gather information and relay it to resources in the field to conduct a welfare check.

All other fire inquiries Information line:
530-643-3661 or 530-643-3662

An evacuation shelter has been set up at the Yreka Community Center, 810 North Main Street, Yreka.

To request an animal welfare check: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/animalcontrol/webform/fire-animal-welfare-check-request

Please check Zonehaven AWARE for updates and evacuation zones at www.zonehaven.com.
The following zones remain under MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS:
SIS-3710
SIS-3713
SIS-3716
SIS-5108
SIS-5111
LST-5114
SIS-5117
LST-5218
LST-5221
SIS-5212
LST-5215
SIS-5120
SIS-5224
SIS-5304
SIS-5310
SIS-5405
WED-5408
WED-5420
WED-5509
SIS-5503

September 2, 2022 at 7:17 PM

Governor Gavin Newsom today proclaimed a state of emergency for Siskiyou County to support the response to the rapidly-spreading Mill Fire. California has secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the fire, which has caused civilian injuries and power outages, threatened critical infrastructure, destroyed homes and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.

September 2, 2022 at 6:52 PM

Mountain Air Attack reports the fire is looking good, hung up in the lines and the golf course. Releasing the VLAT back to McClellan.

September 2, 2022 at 6:21 PM

Per Caltrans: TRAFFIC ALERT: U.S. 97 is currently closed from the junction with State Route 265 in Weed to south of Macdoel (near Ball Mountain Road) due to the #MillFire. No ETO. Choose alternate routes.

September 2, 2022 at 6:03 PM

September 2, 2022 at 5:18 PM

Fire activity has moderated as the head of the fire is hung up at the Lake Shastina golf course.

September 2, 2022 at 5:08 PM Per Siskiyou County OES:

Animal Control is on standby as we set up Animal shelters. We are working on the following:
🐕 Dog Shelter- Oberlin
🐑 Large Animal – Fairgrounds
🐈 Animal Shelter- Rescue Ranch
🐱 Working on additional Cat Shelter

September 2, 2022 at 3:49 PM

Highway 97 is closed. Evacuation Order for All Zones east of HWY 5 from Weed to Highway A12, S. of A12 from Grenada to Hwy 97, West of Highway 97 from A12 to I-5. Evacuation Shelter at the Karuk Wellness Center in Yreka at 1403 Kahtishraam.

Any remaining students that were at Weed High school have been bussed to Mt. Shasta High School for pick up.