Light rain helping fight against Eiler Fire

A light rain fell in eastern Shasta County Monday night, helping slow the spread of the Eiler Fire. But several lightning strikes were also reported in the area.

As of 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Eiler Fire had burned 28,600 acres and was at 20% containment. Fire lines cut to protect the town of Burney have held.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Hat Creek, Cassel, Big Eddy Estates and Johnson Park. Burney is under an advisory evacuation order.

Dan Rodriguez evacuated his home in Johnson Park. Rodriguez said previous experience with wildfires made the decision to go the shelter a lot easier.

"Some people have just never experienced fire," said Rodriguez. "I was in the Conservation Corps back in the '80s and we got stuck in a fire. It's unpredictable. You just don't know."

Rodriguez said he's concerned about what will happen if evacuations in Burney become mandatory. He said limited roads in the area could cause delays for people trying to leave the area.

The Red Cross has set up two shelters. One is at Fall River High School at 44215 Walnut St. in McArthur. The other shelter is at Foothill High School at 9733 Deschutes Rd. in Palo Cedro.

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