SHASTA COUNTY (CBS13) – Thousands of people have been evacuated as major wildfires rage in Northern California.
The lightning-sparked Lava Fire has burned nearly 20,000 acres since Friday and is just 19 percent contained.READ MORE: VIDEO: Firefighters Narrowly Escape Out Of Tamarack Fire Flames
Thirty-five hundred people were forced from their homes. The flames are within a few miles of weed and lake Shastina.
Illegal pot grows are making the firefight harder. Earlier this week, sheriff’s deputies shot a man dead. He was protecting a pot farm.READ MORE: Suspect Arrested After Woman, 42, Killed In Shooting At Arden Arcade Apartment Complex
A reporter with the Record Searchlight says the Salt Fire has now burned at least a dozen buildings — including homes. The 3,000-acre fire is burning east of Interstate 5 in the Salt Creek area, forcing it to close overnight. At last check, some lanes are still closed. Crews are trying to keep the flames from reaching the highway.MORE NEWS: Dixie Fire Update: 142,940 Acres Now Burned, 18 Percent Containment Reported
Evacuation warnings are in place for the Dotta Fire, which is burning in Plumas County east of Lake Davis and north of Beckwourth. It’s burned 350 acres so far and is 5 percent contained.