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Douglas City, Hayfork without power due to Browns Fire

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. - The Trinity Public Utility District said Douglas City and Hayfork are without power due to the fire.

According to officials with the utility district, there is a transmission line that provides power to Hayfork and Douglas City that is right in the path of the fire. They shut off the power to keep fire personnel safe because they are working underneath the power lines.

They added that they have received reports that some of their utility poles are burning. They don't know when power will be restored, but before the power is turned back on, utility crews will have to go out and evaluate the damage.

CAL FIRE said the blaze has grown to 35 acres.

According to Scott Wood with incident command, firefighters are trying to contain the blaze, which currently has no containment. He explained it is a series of fires that are trying to spread toward Weaverville.

The fire was making a run east, and they've been able to hold it at the top of the hill, Weaverville is to the west, Wood said.

He explained that there are structures threatened in the subdivision of Little Browns Creek, and he isn't aware of any structures damaged or burned.

He added that he expected Highway 299 to be closed for a while until firefighters can clear the area.

An evacuation center has been setup at the First Baptist Church at 1261 S. Main Street in Weaverville.

The Shasta College campus in Trinity County was evacuated around 4:45 p.m. as a precaution so students could get out due to Highway 299 being closed, according to college officials.

This is a breaking news story, check back for updates.


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