Lava Fire reminds residents of 2014 Boles Fire

WEED, Cali. – NBC5 News is getting new information about the Lava Fire that’s burning near Weed and Lake Shastina, Cali. On Thursday it was 25% contained and roughly 19,780 acres.

Firefighters are aggressively attacking the Lava Fire. It’s been burning since Friday morning. Firefighters are battling not only the flames but hot weather and rough terrain.┬áThe land where it’s burning is so rough, the nearly 1,300 firefighters on the scene are limited on how they can fight the flames. The weather was in their favor Wednesday night, which allowed them to increase containment from 19% to 25%.

“We encountered a lot of lava rock in the ground, which prohibits bulldozers from establishing their line. We had to get in there with hand crews to manipulate that type of terrain,” said John DeYoe, Cal Incident Management Team 14.

A significant number of Weed residents have been evacuated. As of Thursday, firefighters say there are no reported structures lost.

While the Lava Fire continues to burn, many Weed residents have seen this story before.

Back in 2014, an abandoned campfire sparked the Boles Fire. It tore through the town of Weed burning over 150 structures. Now with many residents of Weed evacuating again for the Lava Fire, it’s bringing back some unwanted memories.

“I spent most of my time Monday night not sleeping but checking my ring cameras to see if I saw my house. About every 10 minutes I was checking it. Sometimes I could see the glow in the background of the flames. It’s a nauseating feeling,” said Tim Rundel, City Manager of Weed.

Rundel said it’s important to talk with friends and family during these stressful times. Staying busy or distracting yourself from non-fire-related activities may also help.

The City of Weed is asking residents to be patient and to stay vigilant during this time.

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Katie Streit
NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]