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Mountain Fire Grows Despite Cooler Weather, Mill Fire Nearing Full Containment

Evacuations have all been lifted from the Mill Fire, which is now 95% contained after burning 3,935 acres. 92 homes were destroyed and 26 outbuildings. Two women in weed were killed and 3 other civilians were injured. No official cause has been declared but the Mill Fire is believed to have started from an equipment malfunction at the Roseburg Mill in Weed September 2nd. It spread to Lake Shastina to the north and also caused a lot of damage in the Lincoln Heights community, which was established by employees of the mill in the 1920s. The Roseburg Forest Products Company is providing $50 Million for a community restoration fund and their insurers will set up a claims office in Weed. The company will announce details Wednesday.

A little bit of rain had no effect on the Mountain Fire west of Gazelle, which expanded a little bit Monday to 13,359 acres, now with 65% containment. Fuels remain critically dry and the fire is still very active in Macks Gulch and other areas at the north end of the fire. Two structures have been destroyed and 2 firefighters have been injured. Cal-Fire is still seeking help identifying what started the fire September 2nd, with a tip line at 842-1022.

The Coyote Fire 10 miles southwest of Dorris is now 90% contained after burning around 300 acres.

There are no longer any mandatory evacuations in effect for the Barnes Fire that started last Wednesday afternoon north of the Warner Mountains between Willow Ranch and Fort Bidwell in Modoc County. The Barnes Fire is now 44% contained after burning 5,840 acres. Crews are strengthening containment lines.