April 14, 2024
The Head Fire is one of at least 20 Siskiyou County wildfires that was sparked by lightning early this week.

The mandatory evacuation zone for the Head Fire was expanded on Thursday and now extends to within 8 miles of Interstate 5 near Yreka.

The order covers 465 square miles in the Klamath National Forest, including the communities of Seiad Valley, Hamburg and Horse Creek. Highway 96 is closed from just west of I-5 to the Fort Goff area.

The Head Fire is one of at least 20 Siskiyou County wildfires that was sparked by lightning early this week. As of Thursday evening, it had burned 4,000 acres (6.25 square miles), the national forest’s fire managers said. It is just west of the scar of last summer’s McKinney Fire, which burned 60,000 acres and killed four people.

The rapid spread of the Den Fire, north of Horse Creek, prompted Thursday evening’s new evacuation order.

The map above shows the mandatory evacuation area in red. The Head Fire is indicated by the large fire icon, with the approximate perimeter shown in black. The red dots indicate other fires of 15 acres and larger.

Updates and more details, including the boundaries of the warning area, can be found at:

The app and website of Genasys Protect (formerly Zonehaven)
Siskiyou County sheriff’s Facebook 
Klamath National Forest’s Facebook

To the west and south of the Klamath complex, lightning fires have also prompted evacuations in Del Norte and Trinity counties.

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