Mountain Fire grows in Siskiyou County | Evacuations, Maps

The cause of the Mountain Fire, which began Friday on Gazelle-Callahan Road east of Gazelle Mountain, is still under investigation, Cal Fire officials said.

GAZELLE, Calif. – Hundreds of people are still under evacuation orders near the town of Gazelle and the Mountain Fire is burning in Siskiyou County.

According to a Monday morning update, the Mountain Fire is mapped at 10,338 acres with only 10% containment.

The cause of the fire, which started Friday on Gazelle-Callahan Road east of Gazelle Mountain, is still under investigation, Cal Fire officials said.

Nearly 700 structures remained under threat Monday morning as 332 residents were evacuated.

Road closures

  • Gazelle Callahan Road to Highway 99
  • Gazelle Callahan Road to Highway 3

Evacuation centers

  • Karuk Wellness Center: 1403 Kahtishraam, Yreka, CA
  • For large animals: Siskiyou County Fairgrounds at 250 Sharps Road, Yreka, CA
  • For dogs: Rescue Ranch Adoption Center at 2216 E Oberlin Road, Yreka, CA
  • For cats: Siskiyou County Fairgrounds Armory at 1712 Fairlane Road, Yreka, California

Evacuation map

Here is a map of the areas with evacuation orders and evacuation warnings from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office.

Map of fires

This map from ESRI shows fire activity (may take a few seconds to load).

Forest fire preparations

According to Cal Fire, the 2021 fire season started earlier than previous years, but also ended earlier. In January 2021, just under 1,200 acres burned due to nearly 300 wildfires. The fires resumed in the summer when the Dixie Fire burned in five northern California counties – Butte, Plumas, Shasta, Lassen and Tehama. The Dixie Fire started on July 13 and was not brought under control until October 25, burning nearly a million acres. It has since become the second largest wildfire in state history and the largest non-complex fire.

Overall, 2.5 million acres were burned in 2021 from 8,835 wildfires. Over 3,600 structures were destroyed and 3 people were killed.

If you live in an area prone to wildfires, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. A defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely clear. At least 100 feet is recommended.

The Department of Homeland Security suggests putting together an emergency kit of important documents, N95 respirator masks, and supplies to take with you if you have to leave at any time. The agency also suggests signing up for local alert system notifications and learning the best about your community’s evacuation plans to prepare you and your family in the event of a wildfire.

Some counties use Nixle Alerts to notify residents of severe weather, wildfires, and other news. To sign up, visit or text your postcode to 888777 to start receiving alerts.

Read more: Are you ready for wildfires? Here’s what to do to prepare for fire season.

PG&E customers can also subscribe to alerts by SMS, email or phone call. If you are a PG&E customer, visit the Profile & Alerts section of your account to register.

What questions do you have about the latest wildfires? If you are affected by wildfires, what would you like to know? Text the ABC10 team at (916) 321-3310.

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