Montgomery Creek evacuations ordered as firefighters continue battling blaze, now at 50 acres
MONTGOMERY CREEK — A fast-moving blaze burning in Montgomery Creek has forced the evacuation of the entire town, law enforcement and fire officials have advised.
According to a CHP incident log, Tuesday afternoon’s wildland fire was first reported around 3:20 p.m., and as of 4:30 p.m. had already charred more than 50 acres. According to Shasta-Trinity Cal Fire, the blaze began in the area of Crestline and Hunt Roads and is continuing to grow.
Today’s evacuation order was issued for all residents in the Intermountain community of Montgomery Creek; including Crestline Road, Dunn Moody Road, Hunt Road, Laura Lane, Manti Road, and Windy Point Road. Evacuees are being directed to an evacuation center that has been set up at Shasta High School, at 2500 Eureka Way in Redding.
Firefighters are battling a 50 acre fire at Crestline Rd & Hunt Rd in Montgomery Creek (Shasta County). Evacuations in progress. #CrestlineFire
— CAL FIRE SHU (@CALFIRESHU) July 24, 2018
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