The Town of Weed, which is no stranger to devastating fires, has suffered severe loss from the Mill Fire, which started Friday afternoon near the Roseburg Forest Products Mill in Weed and spread north to the Community of Lake Shastina, causing widespread damage there as well. The fire has killed two women in different areas of Weed, one 66-years-old and the other 73-years-old, and it’s injured 3 other civilians. Damage assessment is still underway but at least 89 homes are confirmed destroyed. The Mill Fire is 4,263 acres with 55% containment. The perimeter is not expected to grow a lot, and many previously evacuated areas have reopened to residents, though about 2,600 people remain evacuated.
To the west of the Mill Fire, 9 miles southwest of the Community of Gazelle, the Mountain Fire, which also started Friday afternoon, is just 20% contained after burning 11,690 acres. The Mountain Fire is burning in an area not nearly as populated as the Mill Fire zone, but the terrain makes containment much more difficult and fire activity is still very dangerous. Around 700 homes are threatened. Cal-Fire Law Enforcement in Siskiyou County have asked the public for help in identifying who or what started the Mountain Fire. They’ve established a tip line at 842-1022.