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Gulch Fire Alert
Update: 9.11.14 - 9:30 a.m.
GulchFire east of Bella Vista (North of HWY 299) is now 1,200 acres & 15% contained. http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=1053
Update: 9.10.14 - 4:30 p.m.
Gulch Fire east of Bella Vista now at 500 acres. Highway 299 open, but evacuations still in effect, Cal Fire says.
Original Post: 9.10.14 - 3:30 p.m.
Simpson employees, students and parents:
We are aware of and monitoring the Gulch Fire that started spreading this afternoon in the Bella Vista area about 8 miles northeast of campus, on the north side of Highway 299.
The fire grew from 50 to 300 acres in less than three hours and is forcing evacuations of homes in the area. Firefighters have started a backburn off Blue Sky Road, and air tankers are attacking the flames.
We are in contact with nearby Shasta College and fire officials and will update you if the situation escalates in a way that would impact us. At this time, there is no cause for concern.
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