Monday, Sept 17th: Fires are done! No growth....76% contained (Update 81%). Come back to the lake!
Sunday. Sept 16th: Crazy 6 weeks with three different fires but fortunately it looks like they are finally behind us. The Delta fire has not increased in size the past couple days and is in great control with containment now over 60%. Looks like we can go back to just enjoying the lake. A lot less haze from smoke and lots of blue skies now. Time to go boating!
Wednesday, Sept 12th: Great progress on the Delta fire. Last night the fire did not expand and the key lines are holding pushing the containment up to 15% including some key lines on the south. Although still some haze, not as bad as a few days ago and seen some blue sky photos again. On our facebook pages shared some photo of a group having a great time on the lake. Soon we will be back to normal.
Monday, Sept 10th: Hirz fire is now 95% contained. The Delta fire is close to 50K acres now and fortunately burning mostly to the north away from Lakehead. The pace of the fire has slowed down based on conditions. We do not expect this fire will reach the Lakehead area and I sense they will start to get control of it. Hopefully they will contain it soon. As far as the air conditions, they are pretty poor currently at what are considered unhealthy for most. Although this can change very quickly with containment of the fire and wind direction, we are not recommending visitors this week. I believe the weekend of the 22nd and beyond might end up being very nice but we will stay in communications and stand behind our "No Worries Guarantee"
Friday, Sept 7th: Hirz fire now 80% contained with only remaining matters far from us. No risk to us. Delta fire expanded to 25K acres last night but fortunately for us, only burning (and wind blowing) in a Northwest direction. No spread toward Lakehead/Sugarloaf. Highway 5 still blocked for all except Lakehead residents with ID. Here are some photos taken by a neighbor last night at 6pm. Nice to see it looks normal at Sugarloaf. More updates on Facebook.
Thursday, Sept 6th: We just got back on Tuesday after a great weekend at the lake. It was nice seeing families return and have a great time. Then.....Just as I think everything is behind us with more and more clear skies, a new fire started yesterday about noon by people (what are they thinking?). This fire is called the Delta fire. It is located on both sides of Highway 5 about five miles north of our homes. It is about two miles North of the Lakehead exit off the 5 freeway. This fire
has now burned 15K acres. The highway appears to be closed to north and southbound traffic. The northbound is closed 10 miles north of Redding before you get to the lake and the southbound is closed south of Mt. Shasta City. This is the normal place they stop traffic when there is heavy snow, snow control, accidents, fires north of this area. The only positive things we have heard is that all the direction of the fires movement and smoke is away from us in the north direction since the fire started. According to reports last night the Highway patrol are letting people through the northbound check point if the can prove they live in Lakehead. I am not sure what this means for vacation renters or cleaners etc. Lakehead has not been evacuated based on location of fire and direction of travel. I will try to find out more information and keep you updated here on my website later today. We will continue to stand by our "No Worries Guarantee".
Monday, Sept 3rd: We have been enjoying the long weekend. We have had a mix of haze and blue skies. Yesterday afternoon was very nice on most places on the lake. Our guests next door said "we want to stay another day in paradise".
Friday, Aug 31st: Lots of great news....1. The Carr fire yesterday was officially proclaimed as 100% contained and out! 2. We arrived yesterday about noon and we saw 100% clear blue skies in every direction. Clear as we crossed the bridge and clear up at our homes in Lakehead/Sugarloaf. This morning there is some haze but nothing like mornings a week or two ago. I believe it will clear up by noon if not earlier. We also just heard from our guests that just checked out of Retreat 2 and they said they had a great time. I don't even recall them commenting about the fires. Please keep us in mind if you are one of the people who canceled a August booking because of concern about the smoke and want to make up for it in September. September is one of the nicest months on the lake. Tends to be plenty warm for water sports but just not as hot as July and August. It also is very quiet up here and you will have the lake to yourselves. More if conditions change. Time to put the boat in the water. :) Update at 2:50pm. Haze has not gone away today. Not bothering us but wanted to report. Thanks
Thursday, Aug 30th: As a family we are headed back up today to enjoy the long weekend. Based on reports and talking to people including guests....mostly blue skies with periods of haze or smoke usually in the morning. Carr is done. Hirz still burning but contained in the Lakehead direction. They expect to have fully contained in about a week. I will provide update in a day or two if the conditions are different than what I have stated. btw....Retreat 1 is available this weekend. Sad to see it go to a waste.
Monday, Aug 27th: Hirz fire backfire containment worked well. Fire is not advancing in the Lakehead/Sugarloaf direction. Only remaining area is to the north. Come enjoy the lake before summer is over.
Saturday, Aug 25th: Just got back. It was the best I have seen in over 5 weeks. Although some haze and smoke in morning, days were clear with blue skies and clear nights with stars and moon. Everyone is having a great time on the water. Come see for yourself.
Thursday, Aug 23rd: Carr Fire is done/contained. Hirz firebreak activity is working. Yesterday they stated they expected full containment by Sept 1. Haze in mornings, better in afternoon with mix of blue skies and haze. Lots of clear nights now with stars and moon out. NOTE: I am having computer issues so I will not update this until Saturday night again unless there is a negative change to the fire. If nothing = only improving as expected. I am head up there again and will let you know. Thanks for reading....glad this is mostly behind us. :)
Tuesday, Aug 21st: Carr Fire 90% contained no threat to area. Hirz fire containment up almost 20% with solid firebreak with back burning. We are not concerned about this fire. We are looking forward to going back up to enjoy the lake again very soon.
Monday, Aug 20th: Haze in morning and mostly blue skies yesterday on the lake. Posted some of the photos on facebook page. Carr fire is really done with the 88% containment. As the Cal Fire person said to us yesterday, you do not need to worry about the Carr fire. Hirz fire is main focus. They are building a big break with back burning as they did with the Carr. Bright white moon and stars out last night.
Sunday, Aug 19th: Another day of boating in flat 82 degree water. Containment now at 83% with no threat to Lakehead/Sugarloaf. Hirz fire is contained on a couple of its sides. There is a wide firebreak that has also been built to prevent the spread in a westward direction (toward us). Haze similar to past days/weeks.
Saturday, Aug 18th: We are back at the lake enjoying the weekend. Great flat water everywhere. Containment now is listed as almost 80% of Carr fire. As we wake surfed, we took the boat down to the fire area and saw only small areas of smoke left as they complete operations on this fire. We are so pleased with the efforts of all the firefighters to protect the Lakehead/Sugarloaf area and ~99% of the parameter of Shasta Lake in general. All this work they did will protect us also in the future. Yesterday was mostly haze and but blue skies at times. As has been the case for a month now, we do not smell smoke most of the time but at times it smells like someone has a campfire in the area. There is more of a smoke smell further south you go on the lake. No one in any of our parties have had their eyes or breathing impacted. We have been here 3 of the last 4 weekends. Although I would not recommend it for anyone with severe breathing issues or other risk factors, people outside of our group appear to be all having a great time also. It is odd as the smoke is much heavier down in Redding (the main city in the area 25 miles south). Although the Hirz fire is no real threat to this Sugarloaf area, it may be the one producing the most haze in the area. That fire is about 5% the size of what the Carr fire was and it appears they are starting to contain it. I will keep my guests updated on it.
Friday, Aug 17th: Containment increased to 75% and there has been no breach of the firebreaks to the north toward Lakehead and Sugarloaf. The main fire that is burning is inside the parameter where the fuel is just being removed but is no threat to its expansion. Mostly a haze in the air with some blue sky at times. The reduced the number of firefighter from 4500 to 3600 as they move to fires that are more of a threat in California. The Hirz fire over on the McCloud arm of the lake is not a threat to our homes in the Sugarloaf area. I will report tomorrow morning from the lake.
Thursday, Aug 16th: Great News! Containment now over 71% and the fire break has continued to hold. The updated fire map today shows that there are no active fires anywhere near the break anymore. The fuel has been removed and the remaining burning is in the center of the fire with no threat to spread. Also saw another blue sky photo from another neighbor at Antlers Marina. Although I am sharing these blue sky photos as they are nice to see and hopefully will become the norm again, I am not implying it is now like this most of the time. Yesterday they announced there are no longer any evacuated areas remaining for the Carr Fire. I will be back up this weekend enjoying the lake and reporting on it.
Wednesday, Aug 15th: Back burning continues to go well as they burn up all the fuel. Firebreak lines have been holding. I am very comfortable this fire is going to be stopped. Containment is at 65% and they are starting to move some of the resources on to other fires. There is another fire in the general area called the Hirz fire which is on the McCloud arm of the lake. This fire is much smaller and still far from our house with the entire Sacramento arm of the lake between us if it ever got out of control. I will go back up this weekend to report first hand some more....and enjoy the lake :). Here is a photo taken by a neighbor showing a break in the haze. More photos on our Facebook Page. AFTERNOON UPDATE: Nice to see the following NEWS Posting......
Tuesday, Aug 14th: It was great to listen to the Cal Fire briefing yesterday as the main message was the firebreak closest to Lakehead has been very successful and the fuel has been removed by the back burning activities. They said they expect to be done in this area in about 5 days. It was also nice to hear that most of the meeting was on restoration of the impacted forest, not on stopping the fire. I posted this recorded meeting on our facebook page yesterday @shastalakeshoreretreat. If things continue the way they are headed, visitors of Shasta Lake will be amazed how little of the damage they will see from any part of the lake. The haze continues and although can vary from blue skies or stars at night to heavier haze, in general it looks like the photo below. We have had some cancellation requests that we have honored for refunds, but also have continued to see guests have a good time during their visit if they decided to show up. My guess is that we are about a week away from the Carr fire being a non-issue for the area.
Monday, Aug 13th: According to Cal Fire reports this morning the fire was listed at now 61% contained. Winds have calmed down and there is constant focus by many brave firefighters on the back burn area to make sure it does not spread. From what I have read and from talking to people, it appears this strategy of the back burn is working. We had a great time this past weekend and look forward to heading back up 2 of the next 3 weekends.
Sunday, Aug 12th: Another great day on the lake. It was a little different yesterday as the winds picked up in a westward direction which was perfect for the back-burn activities. We were able to go down the lake to the south to watch some of the controlled burn activity. It was amazing to be able to sit in a boat totally safe watching the burn in a perfect direction to widen the control line. It appears it was doing exactly what they wanted in a perfect line to the west toward Trinity Lake. The wind also cleared the air especially down the lake. We would do that for a while and then go back to wake surfing. Last night we could see lots of stars which was nice. The fire is at 59% containment. We are pleased with the great progress they have made. Looking at the maps it appears all the other fire lines are holding protecting Shasta and Trinity lake. No one is our party has complained about smoke or eye irritation. Any questions....just ask us. Lori 925-200-6938 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Aug 11th: While we enjoyed a day on the lake we drove the boat down to the back-burn area. This controlled burning about 3+ miles away was interesting to watch as they successfully widened the firebreak to about a 1/2 mile wide. Fortunately from what we can tell the high winds did not develop. While they widened this break we watched the many helicopters scope up water to drop on the edges and any hot spots. It was amazing to watch how they had this perfect line running from the lake up into the mountains. We would wake surf a little and then watch them for while. Conditions remain about the same as they have for a couple weeks. The smoke is not bothering anyone in the party. We all agree you really can't smell it (other than when we were right next to it where it smelled like a camp fire) and there is no burning of the eyes. The haze and occasional ash is not impacting our stay. While they build this break that may never be needed the main fire in the north did not grow much. Containment is now at 55% and the fire is still 8-10 miles away.
Friday, Aug 10th: Conditions have not changed. Very similar to recent weeks. The back-burn 3 to 4 miles from here has been reported as successful and complete. Winds have been very light which helps the firefighters. This makes the firebreak very wide if the fire gets this far. Containment is now listed at 52%. We are looking forward to going out on the lake today.
Thursday, Aug 9th: I decided to drive up last night to evaluate for myself a day earlier than planned. My entire drive from the bay area to our homes had the haze from the smoke. Very little if any blue skies. The haze at the homes are similar to what I experienced two weeks ago when I was up here and is about the same as the photo at the bottom. The reports this morning say containment at 49% and the fire has not grown much in the last 24 hours. The scale on the map still puts the fire at 8-10 miles away. Fortunately the firefighters have been making the big firebreak much larger by doing some back burning to eliminate more of the fuel to protect this area. They did this through the night. This major firebreak is about half way between us and the fires edge. None of this is in sight of our placed but you see a higher population of firetrucks and fireman in the area going up to the firebreak. Although the haze is about the same, I do smell a little smoke from this back burning this morning. It does not bother me but might someone that is very sensitive to it. My guess is that this will go away but don't know. Will report later. Unfortunately the weather conditions for the next 3 days will make fighting the fires harder (winds and low humidity). I talked to our wonderful guests next door last night. They have been here since the past weekend. They said they have had a great time and other than some ash at times, they have not had issues. They were out on the deck playing games on the patio table as a family last night. Our plan is to enjoy the lake and home with family and friends unless something changes significantly or they recommend an evacuation. I will keep you posted.
Wednesday, Aug. 8th: Latest reports say containment is at 47%. Looking at the maps this morning and comparing to a few days ago, it appears the firebreaks are holding for the most part on the Shasta side of the fire. The one area at the most Northwest point has grown a little in the direction of Trinity lake but not Shasta (if I am reading correctly). The video posted yesterday on facebook had the firefighter talking about the new firebreak they put in this area. The distance to our homes remains at 8-10 miles with multiple firebreaks in-between if it does expand. I will be up there with my family and friends tomorrow and will post later in the day what we see on the ground. Although I will confirm this weekend when I am there, I do not believe you can see any of the burned areas from Shasta Lake, even down by the dam. Hopefully this thing will be put out and you will actually not see any signs of it on your way here, on the lake or at our house.
Tuesday, Aug 7th: Continue to review as much information as I can through the day. We remain fortunate vs. many other areas but still keep a close eye on the fire. The different sources of information report containment at 47% now and one of the sources is predicting the fire will be eliminated within 10 days. Haze continues from some clearing at times to heavy haze. We posted a video on our facebook page that is an interview with a fire chief after the community meeting last night. If interested, he explains the current location of the fire relative to Lakehead/Sugarloaf, the mutliple firebreaks and steps being taken. Click the facebook icon below if interested. I will be back up there on Thursday to report first hand and to enjoy the lake with family and friends.
Monday, Aug 6th: Containment has increased to 45% but the fire continues to burn with close to 5,000 firefighters. Based on the maps and scales, the fire is still about 8-10 miles as the crow flies from the Lakehead/Sugarloaf area. Have heard from different people that sun tends to come out for periods of time especially in the morning but the haze from the smoke is present much of the day. Our current guests report that it is hazy and there is some ash as we have been having but it does not smell like smoke. Although the lake is not as busy as it normally would be, there are still many people enjoying the lake, especially up in the northern parts like Lakehead/Sugarloaf. We continue to look for new information that might be helpful.
Sunday, Aug 5th: Unfortunately the fire continues to grow but fortunately NOT in the direction of Shasta Lake. The local TV station reported "For those in the City of Shasta Lake and Lakehead, there has been little to no growth on the east side of the fire meaning there is no new threat to those communities." Containment remains at 41%. Another video I watched shows the first set of fire-lines in place that are protecting the growth of the fire toward Shasta Lake have been working for about a week showing really no growth toward Shasta Lake or Lakehead. As I may have commented there is another larger firebreak that the firefighters built as backup that is in between the current firebreak and Lakehead. The fire remains about 8-10 miles away. We offered to our current guests (as we will with all until fire is out) the ability to leave at any time and we would work with them on a refund. They elected to stay the entire time. We will continue to work with guests to make sure they have a great time. We will honor cancellations. Our latest guests are checking in today and we are looking forward to arriving with some friends and my father on Thursday. Please note we are also posting information at our Facebook page @shastalakeshoreretreat
Saturday, Aug 4th: Containment now 41% but fire has now burned 140K acres. Lori exchange messages with our current guests who said they continue to have a good time. They say the mornings are the nicest with the sun out and less haze. Late in the day the haze gets heavier and there are times with ash coming down. The photo they sent us looks like it did last weekend. The fire maps show most of the expansion of the fire is in a Northwest direction toward Trinity Lake and a Southwest direction. Per the map the fire has moved toward us also but not as much as other areas and it still has not hit any part of Shasta Lake. We have been told there are multiple mountain ranges and firebreaks between our home and the fire. We are planning to go up and stay on Thursday of this week. Hopefully this will end soon.
Friday, Aug 3rd: Containment continues to grow with 39% reported this morning. Fire maps indicate the fire is not moving much in the North direction as winds continue to be southward. Some communities who evacuated have gone back to their homes. Still no fire has reached any part of Shasta Lake. Haze continues. Some report it started clearing up and then went back to haze. Hopefully we will be back to clear blue skies soon. I want to thank all the brave firefighters and others helping with this fire.
Thursday, Aug 2nd: Reviewed maps and news this morning. Appears the main fire lines closest to our home have not moved much when compared to the map below. Containment is at 35%. No issues other than the haze and occasional ash reported by guests. All roads and facilities open in Lakehead/Sugarloaf.
Wednesday, Aug 1st: Based on information from news sources, "The wind isn't as strong as it was a week ago," Cal Fire's John Clingingsmith said. The Carr Fire is now considered 35 percent contained, according to Cal Fire up from 23% yesterday and 2% over the past weekend. The current fire map looks similar to the one below. Hopefully this containment will continue to increase and be over soon.
Tuesday, July 31st: Although I am back now in the bay area working, I try to keep updating what I know. All the burn maps that I have been able to find appear to be the same as the one from yesterday. It appears the fire has not progressed toward the Lakehead/Sugarloaf area. We currently have guests in both homes enjoying Shasta although with a haze from the smoke. The containment was about 2% a few days ago and now they are saying 23%. No additional info at this time.
Monday, July 30th: After some time on the water yesterday, we needed to head back to the bay area to work on Monday. As we drove through Redding, we could see trucks and helicopters but could not see any flames or burned areas from the freeway. There was no issues on the highway. The haze and occasional ash continued on Sunday. Personally, I still did not smell smoke. Per the fire map, it still has not reached Shasta Lake but it has moved more Northwest than before toward Trinity Lake. We talked to some of the firefighters and they said that they have been working on a large firebreak between the current fire and Lakehead/Sugarloaf where our two vacation rentals are located.
Sunday, July 29th: We are still up here at Lakehead at the Shasta Lakeshore Retreat. Conditions remain approximately the same. According to the news it appears all expansion of the fire continues to be southward for the most part. The air continues to be hazy from the smoke. I still do personally smell the smoke but it might be different for someone very sensitive to people with health issues. Hwy 5 is open with no issues. Yesterday at times blue sky showed without any haze. We have had some ash coming down at times. We plan to go boating again today but stay in this area rather than going south. The fire has not hit any of Shasta Lake.
Saturday, 7-28th: Yesterday we took the boat to the Dam which is the part of the lake that is closest to the fire. It definitely was more smokey there and although no flames around the lake, we could see the glow from the fire slightly over the mountains/hills. This morning in Lakehead we are sitting out on deck and plan to go out on the lake again. There is a haze which is slightly more than yesterday. We do not smell the smoke but the haze makes visibility of the mountains in the far distance not as clear. Based on the local news it appears the winds continue to blow in a Southern direction away from us. It appears it is not closer to Shasta Lake. For those sensitive to air quality (elderly, etc), the Redding area is pretty bad and there is definitely more smoke near the dam.
Friday, 7-27th: I am sure you have had some questions about the fires in Northern California. I am currently up here (July 26-29) and the fire is approximately 30+ miles away. There is no threat to this area currently. We do have some smoke which varies depending on the wind direction. This usually happens (smoke in area) a couple times each summer because wild fires are common in Northern California. Fortunately Lakehead is located at the far North part of the lake of the Sacramento Arm. The fire is Southwest of the lake. If the fire continues, I am sure at times the wind will blow and visibility will not be as good. Everyone is still on the lake having a good time even at the other far end of the lake closest to the fire (a 30 minute plus boat ride from here). There is also an entire other arm of the lake between the fire and Lakehead. Currently there is no fire directly on the lake even in the most Southwest part. In the unlikely event the fire continue to grow and somehow gets to this general area they will call an evaluation with plenty of notice. In the event of a forced evacuation, we will refund without any doubt any days you lost in your vacation. In the very unlikely event our home is damaged from the fire we will also offer a full refund. If you have any questions, please let me know. If something changes materially I will post it here.
Time to go out on the lake :).
If you have any questions, please reach out via e-mail or Cell/Text.
Lori and David Raun
Shasta Lakeshore Retreat
Lori Cell/Text: 925-200-6934