Gap Fire grows, Highway 96 re-opens

gapfirecrewUpdate (08/30 12:00 p.m.) — According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, the Gap Fire has destroyed 9 structures and 14 outbuildings so far. 6 of the structures were homes, 3 of which are believed to have been vacation homes.

Seiad Valley, Cal.- The Gap Fire burning in Seiad Valley, Cal. grew to 8,820 acres by Tuesday morning and was zero percent contained.

The Gap Fire started Saturday, Aug. 27 about 6 p.m., just north of the Oneil Campground on Highway 96. By Monday morning, the fire had increased to 5,000 acres and mandatory evacuations were in place for the communities of Hamburg and Horse Creek. Five homes in that area burned, as well as several outbuildings.

As of Tuesday morning, Highway 96 was open with controlled, piloted traffic through the fire area. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution because burned material, rocks, and vegetation loosened by the fire, may roll onto the road. The road may be closed at any time, should fire conditions change.

The cause of the Gap fire is under investigation. Anyone who has information on the cause of the fire is asked to contact U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement investigators at 530-841-4474. Please leave a message on the recorded line, along with a call back number, and an Officer will get back to you as soon as possible. Or you may contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 530-841-2900 and the information will be relayed.

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