‘A raging Northern California wildfire sparked by lightning has scorched 1,000 acres and prompted mandatory evacuations because of weather forecasts.
‘The Saddle fire started about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, northwest of Hyampom, according to the U.S. Forest Service. It was sparked in a lightning storm brought on by remnants of Tropical Storm Blanca, and firefighters have not been able to contain it.
‘The fast-moving fire ran uphill Thursday, consuming logs and tall grass as it moved southwest.
‘The Trinity County Sheriff’s Department ordered evacuations for residents who live along Lower South Fork Road, north of Big Slide Campground to Manzanita Ranch. Hyampom residents were under advisory evacuation.
‘An evacuation center was set up at Hayfork High School.
‘Fire officials say they are concerned about a high-pressure system that will be building over the blaze for the next seven days, likely bringing north winds.’ This same article continues here: