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30-acre brush fire reported near Lake Shastina

A helicopter drops water on a brush fire near Lake Shastina in Siskiyou County, California, Tuesday, that grew to 30 acres overnight. [Cal Fire photo]

A brush fire that broke out late Tuesday near Lake Shastina, California, was reported at 30 acres with 45% containment Wednesday.

The fire, called the 97 Fire, was burning near the intersection of Highway 97 and Big Springs Road, within sight of areas burned over Labor Day weekend by the Mill Fire, which killed two and destroyed hundreds of homes.

Cal Fire-Siskiyou Unit reported the fire was detected at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. The fire was burning in grass near Quarry Road, between the community of Lake Shastina and Highway 97. Evacuation orders were issued for areas near the fire Tuesday, but were lifted Wednesday afternoon.

Crews stopped the fire’s forward progress Wednesday morning when it bumped up against the burn scar from the 2021 Lava Fire, according to a report in the Mount Shasta Herald. The blaze burned a stretch of brush narrow enough for firefighters to see across its width, then it raced in a straight line for 30 acres, pushed by the wind.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.