SUMMARY:  NO FIRE CONCERNS or IMPACT CURRENTLY

OVERVIEW:

As we communicate with our guests, fires are unfortunately common in this area and more frequently throughout California.  Fires in the general area can bring smoke in at times and you should plan for this during the summer and fall as it is unpredictable.  Although most days are beautiful blue skies, your stay may include smoke.  People sensitive to smoke should avoid booking our homes and other places in the area during the summer/fall.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  We are providing this as additional information for our guests and other people that use our web site as a source of information.  We are not experts, please use other sources of information as desired.  We can’t be liable for the information we provide.

We want to thank all the hard working firefighters and first responders for their service and our thoughts are with those impacted by this fire.

Current fires in the area with some impact or potential impact:

  1. Salt Fire (No impact anymore.  Contained.  See Past Updates Below)
  2. Lava Fire (No impact to area as it is 1 hour by freeway north)

July 9 , Salt Fire UPDATE (1:30pm) 

NOTE:  This will be my last update as the fire is not an issue at all now.  I will resume updates if something changes.

All good to report.  Fire has not expanded for multiple days.  The entire west facing side is fully contained.  No smoke or haze in the area.  All good and all blue.

See more information below.

We want to thank the brave firefighters and first responders for their service and our thoughts are with those impacted by this fire.

July 8, Salt Fire UPDATE (10:00am) 

The fire is no longer moving or expanding.  Smoke from the fire has been limited even in the area of the fire.  We are getting a little smoke and haze in morning from 6am to 10am but then only blue skies and stars at night.  No issue at all for the Sugarloaf area where we are or anywhere on the lake.  All great conditions now but weather remains warm.

See more information below.

We want to thank the brave firefighters and first responders for their service and our thoughts are with those impacted by this fire.

 

July 7, Salt Fire UPDATE (11:20am)

Great progress on the fire.  They have it contained all along the west side and southern side which is closest to Lakehead.  Lakehead is safe.  The fire grew very little last night only to the north.  Last night we could not even see smoke in the direction of the fire and this morning we woke to blue skies and very little haze.   Although the days have all been blue skies, past mornings we had some smoke and haze that blew out by 11am.  This fire looks well under control and expect to continue to be contained.  Looks real good.  We continue to have a great time.  The fire has not been an issue.

July 6, Salt Fire UPDATE (10:15am)

Same pattern as previous days.  Some smoke and haze in morning then blue skies.   According to forest department reports, the entire western part of the fire, except the most northern part is now marked as black on the maps (meaning contained).   The far north part of the fire is now slowed down as it is in the scar of the fires from 2018 making it easier to fight. Appears risk to Lakhead is close to zero and they have a handle on this fire.

July 5, Salt Fire UPDATE (9:30am)

Same pattern as previous days.  Some smoke and haze in morning then blue skies.   Fire moving slowly to north away from us.  Nothing on west of highway or lake.  For more information read updates below.

We want to thank all the hard working firefighters and first responders for their service and our thoughts are with those impacted by this fire.

July 4, Salt Fire UPDATE (10:30am)

Happy 4th of July.  Please be smart about fireworks…we do not need more fires.  Please do not use them here in the Shasta area.

Similar pattern since we have been here with some haze/smoke in morning then blue skies rest of day and thousands of stars at night.  Yesterday was the same with very little haze after about noon.  There was no haze south of the gooseneck.  There are two significant fire breaks between us and the fire (highway 5 and the lake).  The fire has failed to jump either of them.  They have been placing fire retardant on the west side to keep it this way incase somehow a spark travels across. They are also getting relief from the other man made fire breaks had left over fire retardant put in place during the Hirz and Delta fires of 2019.   The Salt fires progress to the north is limited now because it is now at the scar of the Hirz and Delta fire (limited fuel).  All lanes of Highway 5 are now open to normal traffic.  The fire has continued to push north but now is slowing down (scar).

We expect today will be very similar to  yesterday with blue skies and great weather (although warm).  Lake temperature ranged from 88-90 degrees.  Yes, 90 degrees.  Awesome.  We are headed back out shortly for another great day.

Businesses (store, gas station, restaurants, marinas and boat ramps are open in the Lakehead area west of highway 5.

We want to thank all the hard working firefighters and first responders for their service and our thoughts are with those impacted by this fire.

July 3, UPDATE (10am)

We had a great day on the lake yesterday staying most of the time in the Sacramento arm.  The smoke/haze that was around in the morning blew out leaving blue skies on most of the lake.  In the distance you could see the smoke from the fire and there was lots of activity with planes and helicopters scooping up water for the fire.  This morning is very similar to yesterday with haze/smoke which is likely to blow out as the winds continue to push northward.  According to information we saw from the fire service, the fire has not made progress in a west or southern direction but has continued to grow to the north (farther from us).  We heard it is getting close to the scar of the Hirz and Delta fire of a few years ago.  This should help firefighters as there is only 2 years of growth in those areas (limited fuel).  Information is limited on this fire as most of the attention is the larger fire an hour north called the Lava Fire.  This is not impacting us and again is a 1 hour drive from our homes.  We have not heard of an highway 5 closures for several days but there is traffic at times as they bring it down to one lane.  Businesses (store, gas station, restaurants, marinas and boat ramps are open in the Lakehead area west of highway 5.

 July 2, UPDATE (10am)

Woke up this morning to some haze in the area settled around the ridges but blue sky as you look up.  There is a slight smell of smoke but nothing like some of the fires we have experienced in the past.  Fortunately the fire continues to burn only in a north direction continuing to move farther from our location and remains on the other side of the highway and lake.   I expect we will find most of the lake to be all clear skies once we get on the boat and head south.  We will update you on this topic later today.  We heard winds will pick up to the north tomorrow likely pushing the haze/smoke out of the area.  We also heard that the Antlers Campground and Cabins are currently closed.  Please see updates below for more information.

July 1, UPDATE (7:08pm)

Just arrived in Lakehead.   Blue skies!  Blue Skies!  I would say 95% of the lake has blue skies and no smoke.  There is heavy smoke North of Antlers Camp ground area beyond the lake.  From our homes all blues skies except some smoke/haze/clouds as you look to the north.  We are happy to be here.  None of the fire has spread to the west of Highway 5 or the west side of the lake.  I am looking out at the lake and can’t see any burned areas in our view.  Looking forward to a great day of blue skies and boating tomorrow.   Although the smoke can change direction I think we are going to have a great week and we are very safe from the fire.  We did hit traffic as we got close to Lakehead.  I have heard the traffic is light in the morning but heavier in late afternoon.  It took us an extra 45 minutes.  Please read additional details below from earlier.

July 1, 2021 UPDATE (4:30pm)

Prior to yesterday there have been no fires in the area.  No smoke or impact by the different fires in California.  The largest fire called the Lava fire is far north of this area and it has not impacted Shasta in any way and is half way to the Oregon border.  Again no issue.

Yesterday, June 30th a fire started east of Highway 5 near the salt creek area exit.  This is an area between the Sacramento and McCloud arms of the lake and is actually considered part of Lakehead (but not the town as you know it).  This resulted in the evacuation of some homes in that area.

The origination of the fire is about 4-5 miles from our homes as the crow flies.  The lake and highway 5 are two very significant barriers between our homes and the fire.  The fire and the smoke have been fortunately going in the north direction which makes it further and further from our homes.  As of yesterday, we were told by friends in the area that the smoke is not in the area as it is heading north.  This morning we learned that there is some smoke now in the area.  Later today we learned the skies are pretty clear but anyone visiting should assume some smoke.   Fortunately all the lake is south of this area so you get further and further from the fire as you go down the Sacramento Arm of the lake.

If the fire continues to burn north it will run into the burned areas of the big fires of a few years ago where the fuel is limited.  If the winds shift to the west, the fire would have to jump the wide lake/channel which is not likely as this is bigger than any manmade fire break.

Highway 5 has been closed at times to provide better access for the crews fighting the fires.  So far they close for a while and then open up.  It is currently open both ways.

There is no evacuation order for Lakehead west of the highway or the west side of the lake where we are.  There is in place an evacuation warning (meaning, if the fires spreads, they may order an evacuation).  Power is on at the homes.

We are in constant contact with people in the area and we are headed up today (July 1st) as planned for our July 4th week holiday.  We will arrive about 6pm.

In the event you have a booking with us and an evacuation is mandatory , we will refund you for any days not used.

We will update this information as we learn new information but nothing less than daily.

We communicate in the spirit of trying to pass on the best information we have at the time.  Please seek other sources of information to compliment ours.

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