Willard Fire Destroys 7 Structures, 80 Percent Contained

Sep 12, 2016

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Friday, 9:58 a.m. update:

The Willard Fire outside Susanville is now 80 percent contained and emergency officials say fire activity remains minimal as crews work to improvement containment lines.

The fire started on Sunday and has burned nearly 2,600 acres, destroying two residences and five other structures. There has also been one minor injury. 

At this point, all evacuations and advisories have been lifted, but more than 1,600 personnel remain on site. 

Wednesday, 10:04 a.m. update:

The Willard Fire is now 60 percent contained, although the blaze has destroyed two residences and four other structures.

One person has also been injured.

Mandatory evacuations have been downgraded to advisory, and only residents with proper identification are allowed back into the area.

The Red Cross shelter has closed, but is prepared to re-open if conditions change. 

Find more fire information here. 

Tuesday, 11:51 a.m. update:  

The blaze, which began Sunday, is now 15 percent contained. Fire officials say that crews made progress overnight on strengthening containment lines, but steep terrain and dry conditions have made it difficult to fully contain the flames.

Mandatory evacuations remain in place for the Gold Run area, Hidden Valley Drive and the Cheney Creek Drainage, east of Devils Corral.

Monday, 6:30 p.m. update:

The Willard Fire outside Susanville has grown to 2,500 acres and is just 5 percent contained. There are mandatory evacuations in the Gold Run and Cheney Creek areas, as well as Hidden Hills Drive. There are also evacuation advisories in the Susan Hills area.

"There are 600 hundreds structures threatened by this fire, so this fire is definitely threatening a lot of structures and homes outside of the Susanville area itself," says Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for Cal Fire. "And as this fire does continues to progress in a southeasterly direction, there are other communities south of Susanville that are threatened by this fire."

 He says that windy conditions this week will increase fire risk in that area.  "Crews are still hitting this fire hard, trying to slow it down, but those winds that have slowed it down, that has definitely not been working in our favor and that high fire danger will continue to challenge firefighters on the Willard Fire." Berlant says that there are 11 large wildfired burning across California right now. The Williard Fire began Sunday and the cause is still under investigation.  An evacuation center is open at the Community Church of Susanville, located on Numa Road near the intersection of Cameron Way.