Mandatory Evac Ordered for California Town as McFarland Fire Expands to Over 50K Acres

A mandatory evacuation was issued for the California town of Platina as the McFarland Fire has grown to over 50,000 acres.

In a tweet on Monday, the Shasta County Sheriff's Office wrote, "For the #McFarlandFire. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office is issuing a mandatory evacuation ORDER for all residents within the township of Platina. The order includes all residences and roadways from the Trinity/Shasta County line east to the Shasta/Tehama County line."

"Residents are encouraged to use Platina Road as an evacuation route. There will be a temporary evacuation site at the Igo/Ono Elementary School," the Shasta County Sheriff's Office wrote in a subsequent tweet.

For the #McFarlandFire. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office is issuing a mandatory evacuation ORDER for all residents within the township of Platina. The order includes all residences and roadways from the Trinity/Shasta County line east to the Shasta/Tehama County line. pic.twitter.com/uwwNHsRRri

— Shasta Co. Sheriff (@ShastaSheriff) August 16, 2021

The mandatory evacuation comes as the McFarland Fire has burned at least 51,909 acres and is currently 68 percent contained, according to data from InciWeb, the national wildfire incident system. The fire was first reported on July 29 and officials listed its cause as "lightning/natural."

As of Sunday morning, the McFarland Fire burned 43,708 acres in the California counties of Trinity, Shasta and Tehama.

In an InciWeb update on Sunday, fire officials working to maintain the McFarland Fire said, "Yesterday the fire continued to spread to the east/southeast and burned to the west of Tedoc mountain. Fire crews worked on establishing control lines using the August Complex burn scar to protect the private lands to the east of Tedoc Mountain."

The update continued, "Today, dozer line construction continues and old dozer lines from the August Complex will be reopened along Tedoc Ridge to the south. Containment lines will be tested today with the forecasted near critical fire weather. Fire crews continue scouting the area between the fire's edge and Tedoc Mountain to locate holding features to prevent fire spread to the north."

The town of Platina was previously under an evacuation warning according to InciWeb, but as the fire has continued to grow the warning was changed to a mandatory evacuation order.

According to the Shasta County fire information website, areas that have been moved out of an evacuation warning include the communities of Wildwood, Post Mountain and Trinity Pines as well as residents located near Shields Road, White Rock Road and Harrison Gulch Road.

In addition to the McFarland Fire, California is also currently facing the Dixie Fire, which has grown to the second largest fire in state history, as it has burned more than 568,000 acres.

California Governor Gavin Newsom previously issued a state of emergency in the counties of Trinity, Shasta, and Tehama in response to the McFarland and Dixie Fires.

Newsweek reached out to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office for further comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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A mandatory evacuation was ordered for the California town of Platina as the McFarland Fire grew to over 50,000 acres. Above, a burned car remains on a property that was destroyed by the Dixie Fire on Wednesday in Greenville, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty