Tehama County Red Bank fire up to 6,500 acres

The fire has not threatened structures or caused injuries

The lightning-caused Red Bank Fire burning west of Red Bluff is pictured from a PG&E fire camera west of Redding. (Contributed)
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RED BLUFF — The lightning-caused Red Bank fire is up to 6,500 acres, as of 7:15 a.m. Friday.

Burning in a remote area of Tehama County, west of Red Bluff, the fire is not threatening structures or has caused injuries.

Roughly 650 fire personnel are fighting the fire, and containment is at 5 percent.

Evacuations were ordered Thursday night for Pettyjohn Road to Forest Service Boundary, and for Red Bank Oaks subdivision, along with R-Wild Horse Ranch, according to Cal Fire-Tehama County.

The Red Bank Fire sent a plume of smoke northward through Redding. There was 0 percent containment as of the 10 p.m. update. No structures had been destroyed and there were no injuries reported.

A second fire, the South Fire, was burning further west and south of the Red Bank Fire and sent up a second plume of smoke around 7 p.m. At 8 p.m. it was listed at 200 acres by Cal Fire.

The Red Bank Fire was initially reported as a 10 acre vegetation fire in the Red Bank area. As of about 12:50 p.m., the fire was in a remote enough area that aircraft was fighting it, but ground crews had not made it to the scene, Cal Fire Public Information Officer Kevin Colburn said.

South southwest winds of 10 mph gusting to 29 mph fanned the flames Thursday afternoon.

The fire jumped to 20 acres by 1 p.m., reaching 40 acres by 2 p.m. At least five additional engines were requested at 3 p.m., according to scanner reports.

The fire exploded to 1,000 acres around 3:30 p.m. and grew through the afternoon and evening to reach 6,000 acres by 10 p.m.

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