A fire in Happy Valley has grown to 50 acres and large areas are being evacuated. An evacuation center has been set up at Anderson High School.

According to emergency scanner data, emergency services on site have requested ten additional fire engines, four emergency services and supervisory crews to assist in extinguishing the fire.

“Right now it’s all hands on deck,” said Jas Shaw, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office had ordered evacuations for much of the area encompassing Happy Valley, from Olinda Road in the north to Cottonwood Creek in the south. The evacuation zone also included Happy Valley Road in the east and as far west as Gas Point Road.

Several roads into the area, including Olinda and Happy Valley Road, are closed as firefighters work to contain the blaze.

Shaw said the fire posed a threat to nearby homes, but it is unclear how many homes are affected.

The fire was initially reported at about 6 acres in the area of ​​Olinda and Happy Valley roads. It was spreading at a “moderate” rate, Shaw said.

Aircraft, including helicopters, as well as ground crews were sent to the fire, she said.

A Cal Fire employee at the fire reported around 5:35 p.m. that there had been no local fires in the past 15 minutes and that firefighters were making good progress extinguishing the fire.

Smoke from the Olinda fire in Happy Valley is seen on an outdoor camera from AlertCalifornia on Wednesday, July 3, 2024.Smoke from the Olinda fire in Happy Valley is seen on an outdoor camera from AlertCalifornia on Wednesday, July 3, 2024.

Smoke from the Olinda fire in Happy Valley is seen on an outdoor camera from AlertCalifornia on Wednesday, July 3, 2024.

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This article originally appeared on Redding Record Searchlight: 20-acre fire in Happy Valley threatens homes, forces evacuations