304-acre fire in Shasta County destroys 12 structures, forces evacuations

Flames consume a home and other structures as black smoke rises from the fire
The Peter fire destroys a home in Anderson, Calif., on Thursday. The blaze broke out around midafternoon in Shasta County, just south of Redding, fire officials said.
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A brush fire near a small city in Shasta County that prompted evacuation orders Thursday afternoon had destroyed multiple structures and was threatening more, officials said.

The Peter fire broke out around 3 p.m. in the area of Peter Pan Gulch and Olinda roads near Anderson, south of Redding, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire has burned 304 acres and was 25% contained, Cal Fire said Thursday night.


There were 497 personnel assigned to the blaze, which had destroyed 12 structures, according to Cal Fire. No injuries were reported.

A dispatcher with Cal Fire said the fire was threatening additional structures.

An evacuation center was being set up at West Valley High School in Cottonwood, according to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered from Third Street at Highway 273 and all roads west of the highway to the northwest, to Anna and Spring Gulch roads, the Sheriff’s Office said.

An evacuation warning was issued for all streets off Parallel Road and Jacqueline Street.

Authorities closed all roads connected to Spring Gulch Road west of Missouri Lane, Cal Fire said.

Shasta County residents can call 211 for information about the fire. An information line for people living outside the county has been set up at (855) 211-7822.

Further information about the fire was not available.