A fire that started Tuesday afternoon in the Democrat Gulch area west of Weaverville caused evacuations and threatens communications towers on Oregon Mountain.

The fire reported shortly after 2 p.m. had burned 180 acres a few hours later and still had no containment. It was being aggressively attacked by air and by ground, Cal Fire said. Embers starting spots away from the main fire was creating a challenge.

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office conducted mandatory evacuations on the west side of Oregon Mountain down to Highway 299. There is a hard closure on Oregon Street at Democrat Gulch to the top of Oregon Mountain. To the south of the fire, Steiner Flat Road in Douglas City is under voluntary evacuation.

The fire cause is under investigation.

An evacuation center will be set-up at the First Baptist Church at 1261 S. Main Street in Weaverville.

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