04September2015

Fire History and Resources

Fire History and Resources

This section provides fire history and resource information for Humboldt County and surrounding counties. Major fires reported on KMUD News are posted here and this section will serve as an archive for notable fires in our area.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Fire update Friday, August 21

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The Horse Incident burning about 6 miles north-east of Shelter Cove in the BLM King Range National Conservation Area, was estimated to be burning 250 acres earlier this week, but after a fly-over on Thursday, better mapping downgraded the acreage to 150 acres burning between Buck Creek and Gitchell Creek.   

The fire ignited Tuesday and 3 days later, this Friday the new Calfire Incident Management Team 5 is taking over, that means personnel are getting mandated breaks and information is being exchanged and updated, so there are a few discrepancies that will be ironed out this Friday.  For example, the Calfire website still says the fire is burning 250 acres, they haven’t updated it yet this morning.

During the 7 am Calfire briefing, firefighters were told to keep the fire North of Rancho Lane and Kahluna Cliff; West of the South Fork of Bear Creek; East of Miller Ridge and of course NE of the Pacific Ocean. Firemap

The Horse Incident is divided into 4 divisions.  Looking at the King Range Map, defining the fire operations from west in a circle around the fire…

-Division A is in the upper headwaters of Buck Creek. 

-Division K, kilo, is in the north, upper end of Gitchell Creek drainage.

There is a Drop Point at the northern tip of the fire where Division A & K meet near Saddle Mountain Road around 3200 feet. 

-Division P is the southern tip of the fire, including the lower section of Buck Creek Trail where it hits 1800 feet.  There is a helicopter “helispot” H-2 just south of Divison P.  Calfire also moved a “clump pump” to H-2 capable of moving 2,000 gallons of water. 

-Division D is miles north of the fire zone.  Bulldozers are working in Division D on a northern contingency line along Saddle Mountain Road, they have already constructed dozer line near Fire Hill.    

Meanwhile, if needed, the southern contingency line will be constructed using King Peak Road, tying into Horse Mountain down to the Pacific Ocean just south of Gitchell Creek.

Fire Map Horse IncidentThe Calfire Night Operations Chief said firefighters got a hoselay all the way around on Division K, the east side of the fire.  They got a hoselay on Division P, the south edge on the bottom to Buck’s Creek Trail.  And on the west side of the fire, they started at the top with direct line at Drop Point 1 near Saddle Mountain Road, the line goes to the division break between A and P on the southern edge of the fire.   

Fire Behavior Analyst Scott Jones said re-growth from the Saddle burn means firefighters should expect flame lengths of 12 feet.  The relative humidity is forecast at 40% so timber is actively burning.  

Calfire Humboldt-Del Norte Division Chief Hugh Scanlon said the 2nd shift did a great job.  But he told firefighters who might are not from the area that locals will remember the 1988 Saddle Fire that burned 5,700 acres and almost burned Shelter Cove.  The seriousness of getting the job done was underlined. 

There will be a Calfire structure defense group assigned to the town of Shelter Cove starting today.    

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Moving east to the Mad River Complex, specifically the Lassic Fire burning about 2 miles east of the Humboldt Complex Pine Fire.  Southern Humboldt residents saw the Lassic Fire burn hot and emit a huge cloud of smoke Thursday night.   The smoke and visible flames prompted residents to call in what they thought were new fires at 10 pm.  Firefighters responded, got to ridgelines, and determined that the Lassic Fire was creating a huge fire show.  Calfire Command got word that firing operations were ongoing near Goat Rock in the Lassic Fire zone at 10:30 pm.  So NO new fire, but the Lassic Fire did visibility grow. 

Overview Horse Incident FireUSFS says they flew an infrared flight Thursday night at 9 pm, the fire is now burning 11,976 acres, it grew 1100 acres on Thursday.   

According to the USFS, “Expected growth occurred on the fire yesterday as crews worked to establish contingency lines and limit the fire’s spread to the east and southeast. Dozer line is in place on the western side to keep the fire from spreading to the west. Structure protection is in place in the Rutledge Area.”

Road Closures

-Highway 36 at the South Fork Mountain Summit (mile post 9.29) east to Lower Rattlesnake Road (mile marker 22).

-Forest Route 1, 5 miles north of Highway 36 at Forest Service Road 2N12. Forest Service Road 4N18. And the end of Kerlin Road in the Hyampom community.

-Forest Service Roads 1S07, 1S08, 1S11, 2S08 and 1S23 from Van Duzen Road.

Evacuations

 -Mandatory evacuations are now in effect east of the Lassic Fire due to fire activity. The area includes the 8 residences along the 1S14 Rd. south of the 1S07 Rd., west of Van Duzen Rd. Residents in the Forest Glen area remain under a mandatory evacuation order.

-Mandatory evacuation at the end of Kerlin Creek Road. Voluntary evacuations include the St Johns Road, Wintoon Flat, Waldorf Flat, Grel Ranch and Oak Flat.

-Advisory Evacuation: Residents in the Swayback Ridge area remain under an evacuation advisory.

STATEWIDE:

Over 12,000 firefighters are battling 15 active wildfires across California. The southern edge of a weak trough will be Northern California today, and then the high pressure ridge will return for the weekend. There won't be a lot of difference in the overall weather through the weekend with fairly light winds most areas. A trough over the Pacific Northwest will continue to bring westerly winds to Southern California of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph to the desert passes through this evening. While temperatures will be cooler statewide, very warm and dry conditions will maintain an elevated threat for large fire across the foothills and mountains.

Fires of Interest:

 **CAL FIRE Incidents**

Tesla Fire, Alameda County  (more info…)

Tesla Road, near the community of Livermore

*2,500 acres – 60% contained

*Evacuations still in effect

Horse Fire, Humboldt County (more info…)

Saddle Mountain Road, Northeast of Shelter Cove

*250 acres – 12% contained

Jerusalem Fire, Lake & Napa Counties (more info…)

Jerusalem Grade Road northeast of Middleton

*25,118 acres – 97% contained

 

 

**Local Incidents**

Flat Fire, Kern County (more info…) NEW

Southeast of Woody

*166 acres – 40% contained

*CAL FIRE resources assigned

 

 

**Unified Command Incidents**

Cuesta Fire, San Luis Obispo County (more info…)

CAL FIRE / US Forest Service – Los Padres National Forest

Cuesta Grade, north of San Luis Obispo

*3,500 acres – 35% contained

 

Fork Complex, Trinity County (more info…)

US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest / CAL FIRE

Near the Hayfork area

*36,473 acres – 68% contained (40 fires)

**Federal Incidents**

Prairie Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…) NEW

US Forest Service – Klamath National Forest

northeast of the community of Tennant

*100 acres

Cabin Fire, Los Angeles County (more info…)

US Forest Service – Angeles National Forest

Off Hwy 39, 6 miles north of Glendora

*1,723 acres – 98% contained

Walker Fire, Mono County (more info…)

US Forest Service – Inyo National Forest

North of Walker Lake

*3,678 acres – 50% contained

 

River Complex, Trinity County (more info…)

US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest

New River Drainage, near Denny

*50,424 acres – 22% contained (3 active fires)

South Complex, Trinity County (more info…)

US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Near Hyampom, south of Hwy 299

*23,565 acres – 50% contained (6 active fires)

Route Complex, Humboldt & Trinity Counties (more info…)

US Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest

West of Hyampom

*34,543 acres – 37% contained

Mad River Complex, Trinity County (more info…)

US Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest

Near Ruth Lake

*31,190 acres – 65% contained

Nickowitz Fire, Del Norte County (more info…)

U.S. Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest

*4,818 acres – 53% contained

Gasquet Complex, Del Norte County (more info…)

U.S. Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest

on the Gasquet Ranger District

*12,180 acres – 17% containment (6 fires remain active)

Cabin Fire, Tulare County (more info…)

US Forest Service - Sequoia National Forest

8 miles northeast of Camp Nelson

*6,940 acres – 96% contained

Rough Fire, Fresno County (more info…)

US Forest Service - Sierra National Forest

2 miles north of the Kings Wild and Scenic River

*39,400 acres – 3% contained

Thanks for listening to KMUD for fire updates at 9 am, 11 am and 3 pm.

updated 9 am Friday, August 21, 2015

The photo shows the Mad River Complex and Humboldt Lightning Complex Fires as of Aug. 11, 2015. Click here for a larger, pdf version of the map.

Update, Sun., Aug. 16, 10:00 am: Information from a report by Terri Klemetson, KMUD News:

The Humboldt Complex fires burning near Alderpoint, Blocksburg, Bridgeville, Zenia and Fort Seward have consumed 4,883 acres and are now 90% contained, according to Cal Fire data. Fire growth is not anticipated on the Blocksburg , Dobbyn, Steelhead, Wildcat or Winchester Fires.  

The Bluford Fire is still putting off smokes, meaning trees and brush inside the containment zone are igniting and burning, so Calfire will continue to patrol the Bluford Fire.

At this Sunday morning 7 am Calfire briefing, firefighters were told to stay vigilant as operations wind down on the Humboldt Complex.

The Pine Mountain Fire is looking good. Firefighters will continue to improve the containment line around the fire. Division L & C. West Side of Pine. Firehose is being picked up.  Firefighters are in patrol status and they will begin suppression repair today.  Suppression repair means bulldozers and handcrews will repair any damage to bridges, roads and culverts that happened during the firefighting operation. Division R, on the East Side of the Pine Fire, is getting cleaned up today.  Lots of firehose will be pulled out and the pumps will come out of Dobbyn Creek.  

There is a new firing operation team heading to the northern containment line.  They will evaluate the Lassic Fire’s movement toward the Pine Fire and decide whether or not they need to set fires along the northern containment line.  As of this Sunday morning, the Lassic Fire is backing down into Little Van Duzen Creek. It’s a slow moving backing fire but has the potential to impact the Humboldt Complex, so firefighters were told that, “The firing team needs to be ready in case it pushes our hand.”  

Demobilization is underway.  Bulldozers that completed the northern contingency line are being sent to other fires.  At the briefing it was mentioned, “There will be a lot of iron on the road today.”  Everyone driving Alderpoint Road today and tomorrow is asked to use extreme caution.  There will be a lot of heavy equipment on the local roads.  

Incident Commander, Tom Nix, reminded firefighters of the weeks of work put into containing the Humboldt Complex fires, “It started as 75 fires, you need to continue the good work. Get it done and head to your next assignment.”  

Turning to the latest news from the Mad River Complex Fires, managed by the US Forest Service, including the Lassic Fire burning 2 miles north of the Humboldt Complex Pine Fire, according to the USFS Sunday morning 8 am update, the Mad River Complex burning near Ruth Lake has consumed 22, 807 acres and is 60% contained. There are 14 crews, 146 engines, 4 helicopters, 14 dozers and 22 water tenders committed to the Mad River Complex.
That’s a 400 acre increase in a day and two dozen more engines added to the complex operations. Of the three fires in the Mad River Complex, the Lassic Fire burning 2 miles north of the Humboldt Complex is the least contained, and it’s burning without containment on the west side which is moving toward the Humboldt Complex contingency line which is 4 blades wide.  

USFS CURRENT FIRE SITUATION/MAD RIVER COMPLEX:

The Lassic Fire is burning 3,968 acres; it is 24 percent contained.  Last night the fire was not very active. The fire has not spread north out of the Blanket Creek drainage. If the fire jumps, Blanket Creek residents will be under a mandatory evacuation.   Today, crews will continue constructing fire-line on the west side in the Little Van Duzen River drainage.

Moving east on the map, the Gobbler Fire is 8,287 acres along the west side of Ruth Lake; it is 100 percent contained.  Today, residents might see smoke coming from the interior, but USFS wants everyone to know, “The containment line is secure”.  Crews will continue to monitor and patrol the fire’s perimeter to ensure that it remains secure.  Crews will also be removing equipment, hose, and trash from the fire-lines.  The suppression-rehabilitation process has begun, with a road-grader improving roads south of the fire.

Pickett Fire is burning 10,552acres on the east side of Ruth Lake. It is  50 percent contained.  
Last night, crews conducted defensive firing operations south of Highway 36 near Granite Canyon.  The goal is to finish that operation today to prevent the fire from spreading to Highway 36. Many large rocks and trees are rolling onto Highway 36, posing a safety hazard, and Highway 36remains closed to the public. Smoke is expected to linger over the fire area throughout the day and will likely prevent helicopters from supporting firefighters on the ground.  On the southwest side of the fire, along Lower Mad River Road, firefighters will patrol the perimeter.
 
WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR
Today will be hot and dry with temperatures in the 90s, and the relative humidity could drop into the teens. These are the warmest and driest conditions in the area since the fire started, which could lead to increased fire activity.  Fire behavior will be minimal in smoke-shaded areas.

ROAD CLOSURES, EVACUATIONS, AND FOREST AREA CLOSURES
The Van Duzen Road and Lower Mad River Road are now open to all traffic.  Firefighters are still working along these roads, so please slow down when you are in the fire area.
Due to continued fire activity in the Ruth Lake area, the Forest Glen area, and the Mt. Lassic Wilderness, many Forest Service roads and campgrounds remain closed.

Hard Closure (no one allowed to travel, including residents): Highway 36 will remain closed from South Fork Mountain Summit (mile marker 9.29) east to Lower Rattlesnake Road (mile marker 22). Route 23 is closed from Highway36 to Cedar Gap. Forest Road 2S02 is closed from Route 23 west to Forest Road 2S54.

Mandatory Evacuation:  Residents in the Forest Glen area remain under a mandatory evacuation order.

Advisory Evacuation:  Residents in the Swayback Ridge Area remain under an evacuation advisory.  

Turning to Statewide Fire News, this is the latest information, issued by Calfire on Saturday: 17 active wildfires continue to burn in California, with over 13,000 firefighters on the frontlines.  On Friday, crews were able to fully contain the largest wildfire of the year, the Rocky Fire, which burned just under 70,000 acres. Temperatures this weekend are on the rise, which combined with gusty north winds in the Sacramento Valley will elevate the fire risk.  Wind speeds are expected between 8-18 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. In Southern California, record heat is expected.
 
This weekend CAL FIRE is again urging the public to careful with outdoor activities. Whether it’s camping, barbequing or off-road driving, conditions are ripe for a simple spark to ignite a wildfire. One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire. Learn more at www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

CAL FIRE Incidents
Jerusalem Fire, Lake & Napa Counties
Jerusalem Grade Road northeast of Middleton
25,146 acres – 78% contained
Evacuations in effect

Anza Fire, Riverside County
Off Hwy 74, east of Hwy 371 in Anza
543 acres – 95% contained

Humboldt Lightning Fires, Humboldt County
Throughout Humboldt County
75 fires totaling 4,883 acres – 80% contained
 
Mark Fire, Calaveras County
South of Angeles Camp
114 acres – 85% contained
 
Rocky Fire, Lake, Colusa & Yolo Counties
East of Lower Lake
69,438 acres – 100% contained
 
Local Incidents
Rustic Fire, Ventura County
Ventura County Fire Department
Simi Valley area -198 acres – 50% contained

Unified Command Incidents
Fork Complex, Trinity County
US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest / CAL FIRE
Near the Hayfork area - 32,009 acres – 39% contained (40 fires)

Federal Incidents
Cabin Fire, Los Angeles County (NEW)
US Forest Service – Angeles National Forest
Off Hwy 39, 6 miles north of Glendora
2,500 acres – 0% contained
CAL FIRE is assisting
 
Horno Fire, San Diego County
Department of Defense
On Camp Pendleton - 1,850 acres – 80% contained
 
River Complex, Trinity County
US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
New River Drainage, near Denny
*35,794 acres – 18% contained

South Complex, Trinity County
US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Near Hyampom, south of Hwy 299
*17,653 acres – 20% contained (6 active fires)
 
Route Complex, Humboldt & Trinity Counties
US Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest
West of Hyampom - 26,960 acres – 28% contained
 
Mad River Complex, Trinity County
US Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest
Near Ruth Lake - 22,415 acres – 55% contained
 
Dodge Fire, Lassen County
Bureau of Land Management – Northern California District - 10,570 acres – 95% contained

Nickowitz Fire, Del Norte County
U.S. Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest - 2,254 acres – 53% contained
 
Gasquet Complex, Del Norte County
U.S. Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest -on the Gasquet Ranger District - 3,192 acres – 29% containment (6 fires remain active)
 
Cabin Fire, Tulare County
US Forest Service - Sequoia National Forest - 8 miles northeast of Camp Nelson - 6,672 acres – 96% contained
 
Rough Fire, Fresno County
US Forest Service - Sierra National Forest - 2 miles north of the Kings Wild and Scenic River - 13,346 acres – 0% contained
 
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 Update, Fri., Aug. 14, 9:30 am: Information from a report by Terri Klemetson, KMUD News:

The Humboldt Complex fires burning near Alderpoint, Blocksburg, Bridgeville, Zenia and Fort Seward have consumed 4,883 acres and are now 70% contained, according to Cal Fire data. Fire growth is not anticipated on the Blocksburg , Bluford, Dobbyn, Steelhead, Wildcat or Winchester Fires.  

Calfire’s Incident Update Sheet states, “Fires are burning in steep, rugged terrain with poor access and heavy timber fuels. Fires threaten Mount Lassic Wilderness, as well as commercial timberland. Much of the timberland is owned by small timberland and rangeland owners, who rely on timber and range revenue for a steady source of income. Fires threaten habitat for threatened and endangered species. There are several fires burning near the Humboldt Complex in United States Forest Service jurisdiction, including in the Shasta/Trinity National Forest. CAL FIRE is coordinating with the USFS to implement control lines on some of these fires. For information on the USFS fires contact: 530-628-0039.”  

“Don’t get complacent” that was the message at this Friday morning’s 7 am Calfire briefing.   Night Operations Chief Vince Bergland said everything is looking good. "Firehose is being taken off the Blocksburg, Steelhead and Dobbyn fires.  The Winchester and Wildcat Fires are in patrol status and suppression repair is underway.  The Bluford Fire did have a couple of smokes yesterday but it’s staying in patrol status.   

Operations Chief, Felix Berbena, focused on the Pine Fire: The west side, Division C & L, have islands of timber burning inside the containment line.  There is firehose on Division C, and firefighters are still working it.  The “pocket” is looking better every day; that’s the irregularly shaped containment line along the south-west corner of the Pine Fire.  Hot spots on the east side, Division R, are being worked.  

The bulldozers traveled out to the 08 road at 5 am this Friday morning.  They’re focused on the contingency line north, making sure everyone is ready for the Lassic Fire movement our direction.  

Air Operations Branch Director, Matt Stanford, said 11 helicopters are working the Humboldt Complex today. As ground crews start to de-mobilize, air ops is ramping up activity. Hot deck was at 8 am.  

Calfire Fire Behavior Specialist, Scott Jones, explained the FIRE BEHAVIOR FORECAST: Yesterday, Thurs., Aug. 13, reported minimal levels of fire activity throughout the complex.  During a firing operation, fire held to the brush fuels with little to no extension into the canopy.  The diversity of fuel types can create varying levels of intensity if a fire makes a run.  The opportunity for fire to climb the ladder fuels into the canopy does remain a concern.

Specifically, Branch 1 & II (Wildcat, Winchester, Steelhead, Blocksburg, and Dobbyn Fires): Minimal levels of fire activity are expected.  Wind should not factor in, creating an optimal alignment event.  Lower relative humidity may allow for sleepers to begin to become active.  

Branch III (Pine & Bluford Fires):  The Pine has the most potential currently.  DIV R has open and smoldering areas of fire from yesterday’s black line operation.  Steep terrain, and a diverse fuel load emphasize the need to maintain situational awareness to changing fire conditions.  Any fires in the canyon or into the canopy can become active and increase in intensity with little or no notice.  

And in the Mad River Complex:  According to the fire behavior forecast,“the current weather pattern may enhance a higher level of fire intensity.  The good news…..The current fuel load is not supporting a sustained run and it is keeping the current fire confined to ground fuels with individual tree torching and heavy smoke production.”   

Calfire’s Humboldt Del Norte Unit Chief, Hugh Scanlon, said he traveled to the Mad Complex and other USFS fires yesterday.  Calfire is working with the USFS on contingency plans for the Lassic Fire movement.  He said, “The work you have done is really helpful.  We will be using the Calfire-created bulldozer line as the contingency line as the Lassic Fire moves our way. The models show it’ll be two days.   Our line will be the line.  And I really appreciate that.”  

Turning to the latest news from the Mad River Complex Fires managed by the US Forest Service, including the Lassic Fire burning 2 miles north of the Humboldt Complex Pine Fire.   

According to this Friday morning’s 8 am USFS update, the Mad River Complex is burning 21,955 acres in total with 50% containment.  

The Lassic Fire is burning 3,507acres.  Crews held the fire-lines last night. Today, Friday, crews will look for opportunities to build line adjacent to the fire’s edge where the fire has crept over Blanket Creek. The goal is to limit fire growth toward the northwest and the populated Swayback Ridge area to the north. Firefighters are prepared to use defensive firing to limit the fire’s spread to the east along Forest Road 01S07.

The Pickett Fire is burning 10,161acres.   Night crews held the fire line on the northeast side of the fire near Forest Glen where day crews had conducted defensive firing operations. The fire spotted across Highway 36 yesterday afternoon in a few areas, which the night crews successfully mopped up. Today crews will continue to monitor the fire as it slowly backs down slope toward Highway 36. Structure protection crews will remain in the Forest Glen area.

The Gobbler Fire is burning 8,287 acres.  Last night crews patrolled the fire, which is largely contained and not active around its perimeter. Today, crews will continue to mop up and begin suppression-rehabilitation work in preparation for road closures and evacuations being lifted in the near future.  Fire weakened trees falling on roads continues to be a safety concern.

EVACUATIONS AND NATIONAL FOREST AREA CLOSURES

Mandatory:  A mandatory evacuation order is in place for residents in the Forest Glen area and Ruth Lake. The evacuation includes the Lower Mad River Road (County Road 501) from Highway 36 to the Three Forks Road and the southwest side of the lake from Ruth/Zenia Road north to the Ruth Dam.

Advisory:  An evacuation advisory is in place for the Swayback Ridge area as well as the residents along the Van Duzen Road from the dump south to the intersection of the Ruth/Zenia Road.

ROAD CLOSURES
Hard Closure (no one allowed to travel, including residents): Highway 36 from Forest Glen to the junction with Van Duzen Road(County Road 511).

Soft Closure(residents with IDs allowed to travel): The Van Duzen Road (County Road 511) from the junction of Highway 36 to the Ruth/Zenia Road (County Road 502). As well as Lower Mad River Road (County Road 501) from the junction with Highway 36 to the Flying Double A Ranch.

The Public Information Number for all fires burning in the Mad River Complex, including the Lassic Fire is:  707-574-6289
For evacuation and road closure information please call the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at: (530) 623-2611.

A quick note, the South Complex Fires are burning 17,234 acres with 20% containment in the Shasta Trinity National Forest.  

A public meeting will be held in Hyampom at the Hyampom VFD at 4pm TODAY

A public meeting will be held in Burnt Ranch at the Burnt Ranch School at 6pm TODAY

And in Lake County:

RockyFire [update] east of Lower Lake (Lake, Yolo & Colusa Co.) remains 69,438 acres and 95% contained.

JerusalemFire [update] northeast of Middletown (Lake & Napa counties) is now 24,555 acres and 52% contained.

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Update, Thurs., Aug. 13, 9:30 am: Information from a report by Terri Klemetson, KMUD News:
The Humboldt Complex fires burning near Alderpoint, Blocksburg, Bridgeville, Zenia and Fort Seward have consumed 4,799 acres and are now 65% contained, according to Cal Fire data.

At this Thursday morning’s 7 am Calfire briefing, firefighters were warned that winds are picking up. That means there’s more fire activity inside all contained fires and more smoke which is worrying local residents. Firefighters were told to stay vigilant because of the increased fire potential and the constant hazard tree threat inside all contained fires in the Humboldt Complex. Crews were also warned that the Lassic Fire, burning just 3 miles north of the Pine Mountain Fire, is starting to merge with Calfire’s operations in the Humboldt Complex. During the briefing it was said,“Our federal brothers are working the Mad River Complex north-east of us; we are starting to merge our operations.”

Operations Chief, Felix Berbena, focused on the Pine Fire. The bulldozer lines around both the west side (Division C) and the northern edge of the Pine Fire (Div L) are looking good. Fire-hose was installed, and crews continue to monitor the fire activity. Division R on the east side of the Pine Fire is still the most active. Crews conducted a successful firing operation along the eastern flank Wednesday night. Firefighters were told to “keep your heads on a swivel; safety is key.”

Calfire Fire Behavior Specialist, Scott Jones, explained the Fire Behavior Forecast:
Yesterday reported lower levels of fire activity throughout the Humboldt Complex. During the firing operation, fire held to the brush fuels with little to no extension into the canopy. The diversity of fuel types can create varying levels of intensity if a fire makes a run. The opportunity for fire to climb the ladder fuels into the canopy does remain a concern. With steep canyons and heavy 4 year drought stressed fuel loads, any established fire making a run should be considered to have the potential to show signs of extreme fire behavior.

Here’s the fire behavior forecast for today:
Branch I. The Wildcat, Winchester and Steelhead Fires - Lower levels of fire activity expected. Wind should not factor in creating an optimal alignment event.

Branch II. Blocksburg & Dobbyn Fires - Lower levels of fire activity expected. Wind should not factor in creating an optimal alignment event. Lower relative humidity may allow sleepers to begin to become active.

Branch III. Pine & Bluford Fires - The Pine has the most potential currently. DIV. R has open and smoldering areas of the fire from yesterday’s black line operation. Steep terrain, and a diverse fuel load emphasize the need to maintain situational awareness to changing fire conditions. Any fires in the canyon, or into the canopy, can become active and increase in intensity with little or no notice.

In the Mad River Complex (The Mad River Complex Fires are burning north east of the Humboldt Complex Fires.) - The current weather pattern should not enhance any higher levels of fire intensity. The current fire is remaining confined to ground fuels, with individual tree torching and heavy smoke production.

Incident Commander Deputy Chief, Mark McKey, thanked all of the crews for their hard work saying, “You’ve turned this fire complex from a system of chaos into a system of control.”

There are several fires burning near the Humboldt Complex in United States Forest Service jurisdiction, including in the Shasta/Trinity National Forest.

According to this Thursday morning’s 8 am USFS update, firefighters continued to make good progress in the overall containment efforts of the complex overnight. Smoke or clouds over the fire has had a dampening effect on fire behavior. The forecast of clearing skies will be an indicator of increased fire behavior. Fire officials are evaluating the possibility of lifting some of the mandatory evacuation areas.

Lassic Fire (3,323 acres) - Crews will be utilizing direct and indirect line construction and defensive firing operations as appropriate to contain the fire northwest of Forest Road 01S07. Contingency lines are being established in the surrounding area to assist the stop of fire spread. An additional goal is to provide structure protection in Swayback area as conditions dictate.

Gobbler Fire (8,280 acres) - Good progress was made in holding the fire within the established lines. Crews will continue to patrol and mop up to secure the perimeter, protect structures and monitor unburned island adjacent to the fires edge and continue to identify and eliminate hazard trees adjacent to structures.

Pickett Fire (9,662 acres) - Crews will monitor and patrol along Highway 36 to limit fire spread potential north of Highway 36 and east of the 1S26 Rd. and construct direct and indirect line as appropriate and perform firing operations as the fire dictates and conditions allow. Structure protection engines and hose-lays are in place for the Forest Glen area.

WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR:
Near critical fire weather conditions with gusty winds and low humidity are expected in the area through Thursday. With these conditions the fire is expected to remain active.

EVACUATIONS AND NATIONAL FOREST AREA CLOSURES:
Mandatory: A mandatory evacuation order is in place for residents in the Forest Glen area and Ruth Lake. The evacuation includes the Lower Mad River Road (County Road 501) from Highway 36 to the Three Forks Road and the southwest side of the lake from Ruth/Zenia Road north to the Ruth Dam.

Advisory: An evacuation advisory is in place for the Swayback Ridge area as well as the residents along the Van Duzen Road from the dump south to the intersection of the Ruth/Zenia Road.

On August 8, 2015 the Shasta-Trinity National Forest issued a Fire Closure for the Forest Glen area south of Highway 36 to the forest boundary to provide for public and firefighter safety.

ROAD CLOSURES:
Hard Closure (no one allowed to travel, including residents) Highway 36 from Forest Glen to the junction with Van Duzen Road (County Road 511).

Soft Closure (residents with IDs allowed to travel) is in effect on the Van Duzen Road (County Road 511) from the junction of Highway 36 to the Ruth/Zenia Road (County Road 502), as well as Lower Mad River Road (County Road 501) from the junction with Highway 36 to the Flying Double A Ranch.

For information or questions on evacuation and road closure status of the area call the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at: (530) 623-2611.

STATEWIDE:

‪‎JerusalemFire‬ northeast of Middletown (Lake & Napa counties) is now 23,500 acres & 33% contained.

‪RockyFire‬ [update] east of Lower Lake (Lake, Yolo & Colusa Co.) is now 69,438 acres & 95% contained.

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Update, Tues., Aug. 11, 9:30 am: Information from Terri Klemetson, KMUD News, indicates:
The Humboldt Complex fires burning near Alderpoint, Blocksburg and Fort Seward have consumed 4,665 acres and are 50% contained (Calfire’s Monday night data).

At this Tuesday morning’s 7 am Calfire briefing, Night Operations Chief Vince Bergland said firefighters continue to work hot spots within the smaller five fires burning in the complex and night crews have started pulling fire-hose off of some fires. The primary focus is the Pine Fire and Chief Bergland said night crews “turned the corner on the west side.”  They are now actively mopping up on the west side of the Pine Fire.  Crews are working on handline on the east side.  A tree did fall on an inmate Monday night around 10 pm. He was working on the Pine Fire’s H-2 south-east section. The injured man was treated for injuries and has been released from the hospital.  

Pine R is of primary concern on the east side of the fire, called “the critical piece of the line”. Firefighters were strictly told to use situational awareness; hazard trees are of major concern on the Pine Fire.   Crews will continue to make direct line around the Pine Fire, where possible, mopping up along the way.   

This Tuesday morning, for the first time, Calfire’s Humboldt-Del Norte Unit Chief, Hugh Scanlon, spoke to the firefighters heading out to battle the blaze.  He said, “I’ve lived here since 1982 and this is the driest it’s been.   We appreciate all of your help.”  He also re-iterated the overall safety message, “This is very steep terrain, be careful, stay safe and do good work.”

Calfire Deputy Incident Command Mark McKey reminded the firefighers, “You were fighting 70 fires, you’ve gotten it down to 7 and now it’s one main focus on the Pine Fire.  We haven’t lost ground in a couple of shifts.  Don’t worry about the Lassic Fire; we’ve made contingency plans for that.  Focus on our fire and get it done.”  

The Control Objectives remain the same: keep the Bluford and Pine Fires North of Zenia Bluff Road; south of Forest Service Road 02S08, Goat Rock & Moutain Creek; east of Alderpoint Road and West of Big Meadow.  

The weather forecast for today’s operational period:  Gusty southerly winds will develop at the ridge-tops with slightly stronger up valley winds at lower elevations.  With warm and dry conditions continuing, there is the possibility of near critical fore weather conditions across the ridges this evening. Meanwhile, firefighters working the other fires in the Humboldt Complex were told to stay vigilant.  

 The Winchester Fire is burning 147 acres. Operations Chief, Felix Berbena, said: “There’s still lots of work to do on this one”.  The Wildcat Fire is burning 304 acres.  Berbena said, “There’s lots of work to do, cut out the islands.”

The Steelhead Fire is burning 1,338 acres. Firefighters “made good progress on the East side but need to continue to improve the line”.

The Dobbyn Fire is burning 820 acres. Firefighters have started to pull hose out, but were told, “don’t get in a big hurry, we’re expecting more wind and we don’t want to have to put hose back in.”  

The Blocksburg Fire is burning 271 acres. Firefighters continue tactical patrols and continue to improve and hold existing hand and dozer line.  All firefighters were reminded numerous times to, “Notify your supervisor of any safety hazards (trees) and ensure the area has been flagged off, request a faller if required.”  

The Bluford Fire is burning 207 acres.  Resources are being re-assessed, crews might go back in.    

The Pine Fire is burning 1,421 acres (as of Monday night). Bulldozer crews continue to carve a new line north of the Pine Fire on the north-west side. The bulldozer line is a contingency line north, so that Calfire is ready in case the Lassic Fire and fires burning in the Mount Lassic Wilderness continue to move south toward Humboldt County’s State Responsibility Areas. The bulldozer crews successfully completed a line “4 blades wide to Charles Mountain” and they are now coming back down the line.  Mop-up continues along the firing operation lines on the Pine Fire.  Tree fallers are working the edges.  

11 helicopters are working the Humboldt Complex today.  Air Operations Chief Matt Stanford said, “Hot deck started at 8:30 am.”  Firefighters working on the ground were told to be extremely cautious and aware of aircraft activity.    

Cooperating Agencies include California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, PG&E, California Conservation Corps, CALTRANS, Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services, and the California National Guard. You will see all of them on Alderpoint Road and the narrow roads that join the Humboldt Complex fires.

All local drivers are asked to use extreme caution as fire crews navigate large, heavy equipment in southern Humboldt.

Humboldt Complex Public Information   707-418-0411
USFS Mad River Complex or Lassic Fire  707-574-6289

The Lassic Fire is burning 3 miles north-east of the Pine Fire in the Humboldt Complex.  The Lassic Fire was burning 2,043 acres on Monday, according to the USFS the fire was very active during the night and grew to 2,491 acres.   There are homes threatened outside of the wilderness area on the north edge of the Lassic Fire. The USFS is in charge of the fire operations, and they are coordinating with the sheriff’s office.   There is already an evacuation advisory for people living in the Swayback Ridge area, and firefighters said that if the fire crosses Blanket Creek, which it is expected to do, then a mandatory evacuation will be in place.  Air support hit the fire hard on Monday and will continue, both fixed wing aircraft & rotary helicopters dropped retardant & water.

The Lassic Fire is burning in rugged, steep, heavily timbered wilderness. USFS says, “Our biggest concern is that we don’t have solid lines around the fire.  And weather conditions are changing, we expect more wind.” The north side of the Lassic Fire is Blanket Creek. If the fire crosses Blanket creek, mandatory evacuations will be enforced. Seven fire engines are on the northern edge of the fire, ahead of the fire near Blanket Creek. One engine is on Swayback Ridge Road. Handcrews are working the southern and western flanks in the Mount Lassic Wilderness, because bulldozers and chainsaws are not allowed in Wilderness areas.   

Reminders:

Forest Glen:  A mandatory evacuation order is in place for residents in the Forest Glen area, which is on Highway 36 west of Trinity Pines.  A forest fire closure for the Forest Glen area begins at the intersection of Highway 36 and Rattlesnake Road (Forest Road 29N58) and continues west and south along Highway 36 to the intersection with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest boundary.  

Swayback Ridge: An evacuation advisory is in place for the Swayback Ridge area.  

Ruth Lake: Residents around Ruth Lake are under a mandatory evacuation. The evacuation includes the Lower Mad River Road (County Road 501) from Highway 36 to the Three Forks Road and the southwest side of the lake from Ruth/Zenia Road north to the Ruth Dam.

Van Duzen Road: Residents along the Van Duzen Road from the dump south to the intersection of the Ruth/Zenia Road are under an advisory evacuation.

To remain informed on evacuation status of the area call the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at: (530) 623-2611.

Road Closures:

Highway 36 is under a hard closure (no one allowed to travel, including residents) from Lower Rattlesnake Road to the junction with Van Duzen Road (County Road 511).  

A soft closure (residents with IDs allowed to travel) is in effect on the Van Duzen Road (County Road 511) from the junction of Highway 36 to the Ruth/Zenia Road (County Road 502).

A soft closure is also in effect on Lower Mad River Road (County Road 501) from the junction with Highway 36 to the Flying Double A Ranch.

USFS Mad River Complex or Lassic Fire  707-574-6289

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 Update, Sun, Aug. 9, 9:30 am - Information from Terri Klemetson, KMUD News, indicates:
The Humboldt Complex fires burning near Alderpoint, Blocksburg and Fort Seward have now consumed 4,615 acres and are 45% contained. Calfire is now stating they expect full containment on the Humboldt Complex Fires on August 23, 2015.

At this Sunday morning’s 7 am Calfire briefing, Night Operations Chief Vince Bergland said the 6 fires to the south and west of the Pine Fire are “keeping quiet”, but there’s still a lot of mop up to do and firefighters have to stay vigilant to make sure nothing re-ignites. Operations Chief, Felix Berbena, said: "Branch I is turning the corner, but isn’t out of the woods yet.” Firefighters were told to continue to improve and hold existing hand and dozer lines, construct direct line where possible and mop up 300 feet inside the line on the Winchester, Wildcat, Steelhead, Dobbyn and Blocksburg fires. They were also told to eliminate re-burn potential and evaluate all islands of unburned fuels inside burned areas. The General Control Objectives are still focused on the Bluford and Pine fires. Specifically to keep the Bluford and Pine fires: North of Zenia Bluff Road; South of Forest Service Road 02S08, Goat Rock and Mountain Creek; East of Alderpoint Road and West of Big Meadow.

Overall good news on the Pine Fire was that crews successfully completed a hose lay around the whole fire. Now, firefighters need to hold the top line and continue to mop up the northern flank, making sure it doesn’t spill into the Mount Lassic Wilderness.The Pine Fire has been separated into multiple divisions of attack.
-Pine C is is the western flank: The western plan of attack is to prevent lateral movement of the fire. Dozer crews are working hard to carve out a line on the west side. Crews were told to anchor the fire and continue direct line construction. Firing operations continue to the west and south in hopes of keeping the fire in the projected containment zone. Once the inversion layer lifts this Sunday afternoon, air operations will assist ground crews.
-Pine L is north and a bit east: Crews on the north-east side of the fire will continue direct line construction.
-Pine R is the new division on the eastern flank: Calfire says, “The east side is a hand crew show; it’s a tough line.” Very steep terrain makes firefighting and direct line construction difficult on the Pine Fire. Firefighters will continue to implement contingency lines to get more containment on the Pine Fire.

Meanwhile, bulldozer crews started a new line north of the Pine Fire on the west side. The bulldozer line is a contingency line north so the Calfire is ready in case the Lassic Fire and fires burning in the Mount Lassic Wilderness continue to move south toward Humboldt County’s State Responsibility Areas. Firefighters were told to, “Mitigate the Lassic, get ahead of the game!”

Fire growth is not anticipated on the Blocksburg , Bluford, Dobbyn, Wildcat or Winchester Fires. Minimal growth is expected within existing containment lines on the Steelhead Fire.

There are now 155 engines working the Humboldt Complex, 31 water tenders traveling the narrow, windy Alderpoint Road, 12 helicopters dropping water on the fire, 42 handcrews working on mop up and handlines around the containment zones, and 25 dozers plowing around the Humboldt Complex fires. Air Operations Chief, Matt Stanford, said that “In addition to water drops there might be retardant drops today. Multiple air tankers are scheduled to work this Sunday depending on weather conditions, aircraft will probably start flying around 1 pm.” Cooperating Agencies include California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, PG&E, California Conservation Corps, CALTRANS, Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services, and the California National Guard. You will see all of them on Alderpoint Road and the narrow roads that join the Humboldt Complex fires. All local drivers are asked to use extreme caution as fire crews navigate large, heavy equipment in southern Humboldt.

Meanwhile, The South Complex is burning thousands of acres in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest:

A public meeting will be held on TODAY, August 9, 2015 at 4pm at the Hyampom Volunteer Fire Department.
A public meeting will be held Monday, August 10, 2015 at 4pm at the Burnt Ranch School.
A public CAMP TOUR will be held at the Hyampom Airport Incident Command Post at 11am on Monday, August 10, 2015. Please call 530/628-0093 to indicate you plan to attend this!

Firefighters will be in the fire area and on the Hyampom Road today between the 3N16 and Hayfork assessing structures. Residents in the area are advised that this is for planning purposes, and is not a sign of imminent threat.  Should the fire threaten structures, residents will receive further notification.  A yellow Wildland Urban Interface placard advising firefighters and residents of the water sources, structure type, defensible space, and hazards that exist will be left at the property.  Residents are advised to call the fire information line if they have questions. The fire was active all night, although cold air helped moderate activity after midnight.

Containment lines held at the South Fork of the Trinity River in the area of Wintoon and Walforff Flats, and crews continue to mop up and improve lines in that area as they see opportunities.  

Crews successfully fired from the containment line at the back of the structures in the Kerlin Creek Area, merging that line with the advancing fire. The fire was active around Skunk Ranch, the Miller Place, and the Wigdon Place, and firefighters worked to suppress spot fires, extinguishing or tying them back into the main fire.

As of this morning, all of them have been either contained or put out. Containment lines on the west and northern sides of the Castle Fire held well through the night. The York Fire, which was treated with retardant late in the day yesterday as air cleared on the northern portion of the fire, held at those retardant lines, and crews will be out today taking advantage of that cooled edge to construct and improve containment lines.  Engines patrolled the 5N60 Road and into Corral Bottoms all night, looking for rollout from the steep slope above and holding the fireline at the road.

Fires by Acre (acreages adjusted due to aerial mapping):
Castle:  8,187
Johnson (Formerly known as Pelletreau):  4,367
Pattison:  3,442
Clark:  589
Olson: 240
Springer, York, Mill Combined:  139 acres

Evacuations and Closures:

The Red Cross has established an evacuation center at the Solid Rock Christian Church at the intersection of State Route 3 and Tule Creek Road in Hayfork. The Salvation Army is also offering water and meals to residents at the Church, whether or not they are staying at the evacuation center.

A Forest Closure (Order No. 14-15-03) (which includes areas inside the South Complex) is currently in effect. The closure prohibits going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Fork, South, Route and Mad River Complex Fire Closure Areas on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. For more information on the Forest Closure, click here.

THE FOLLOWING LIST INCLUDES ALL CURRENT HYAMPOM AREA EVACUATIONS AND CLOSURES:

Mandatory Evacuations as of 6 p.m. on August 8 include:
•    Skunk Ranch area
•    End of Kerlin Creek Road
•    Corral Bottom Road west of the intersection with the 16 continuing onto the 60 road to the Four Corners area.
•    Castle Rock Area-residences in the area of Underwood Mountain Road, Castle Rock and Hog Ranch including 5N40 Road, 5N07 Road, 5N09 Road, Big Lake, Hidden Lake, to 5N60 Road to Mill Creek Road.

Voluntary Evacuations:
•    St Johns Road
•    Wintoon Flat, Waldorf Flat, Grel Ranch, Oak Flat
•    Manzanita Ranch Area (reduced to voluntary)

Road Closures:

Hyampom Area: (In case of evacuation, these routes will not be accessible.)
•    Corral Bottom Road west of the 16
•    On the Underwood Mountain Road, Four Corners area
60 Road north of Hyampom (closed past the school)

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office is assisting firefighting efforts in evacuation zones.  The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office has conducted evacuations in the following areas:

FORK COMPLEX:  Communities of Hayfork, Post Mountain, Wildwood, Trinity Pines & Post Mountain

Mandatory Evacuations:
-    Kingsbury Gulch Road past the pavement
-    Mill Gulch Area
-    13 Dips Road
-    Wildwood Road (Rd 302) from Gemmil Gulch to East Fork Road and all of East Fork Road
-    Shiell Ranch

Voluntary Evacuations:
-    Morgan Hill Road
-    Pine Avenue
-    Center Street
-    Madrone Avenue
-    Barker Creek Road
-    Farmer Ranch Road
-    Wildwood Road (Rd 302) from Hwy 36 to Gemmil Gulch including the town of Wildwood
-    Trinity Pines

Road Closures:
-    Hwy 3 is closed from the Trinity County Fairgrounds to 13 Dips Road.  The roadblock is located at Rattlesnake Road
-    Kingsbury Gulch Road is closed from the end of the pavement
-    Wildwood Road (302) – Closed from the north side of Carrier Gulch Road (31N49) at Stafford Crossing, south to the Gemmil Gulch picnic area (30N04)
-    Hwy 36 – Closed at Forest Glen west to Lower Mad River Road


MAD RIVER COMPLEX:  Communities of Ruth Lake and Mad River

Mandatory Evacuations:
-    Ruth Lake Area -  Lower Mad River Road (County Road 501) from Hwy 36 to the Three Forks Road and the southwest side of the lake from Ruth/Zenia Road north to the Ruth Dam

Voluntary Evacuations:
-    Forest Glen Area which is on Hwy 36 west of Trinity Pines
-    Swayback Ridge Area

Advisory Evacuations:
-    Van Duzen Road -  Along Van Duzen Road from the Van Duzen Dump Road south to the intersection of the Ruth/Zenia Road

Road Closures:
-    Hwy 36 – Hard closure from the junction with the Lower Mad River Road (County Road 501) east to the community of Forest Glen
-    Van Duzen Road (County Road 511) – Soft closure from Browns Canyon south to the Ruth/Zenia Road
-    Lower Mad River Road (County Road 501) – Soft closure from the junction with Hwy 36

RIVER COMPLEX:  Communities of Dailey Ranch, Hoboken, Denny, Trinity Village and Quinby

Mandatory Evacuations:
-    Denny Area
-    Dailey Area
-    Hoboken Area
-    Bell Flat Area

Voluntary Evacuations:
-    None to report at this time

Road Closures:
-    Denny Road – Hard closure at the junction of Forest Road 7N26 at Onion Saddle

ROUTE COMPLEX:  Communities of Hyampom, South Fork Mountain and west of Van Duzen

Mandatory Evacuations:
-    End of Kerlin Creek Road

Voluntary Evacuations:
-    Not applicable for Trinity County at this time

Road Closures:
-    Forest Service Route 1 – Closed approximately 5 miles north of Hwy 36 at Forest Service Road 2N12 to north of the fire at Forest Service Road 4N18
-    Van Duzen Road (County Road 511) – Soft closure from Browns Canyon south to the Ruth/Zenia Road
 
SOUTH COMPLEX:  Communities of Hyampom, Corral Bottom and Underwood Mountain area

Mandatory Evacuations:
-    Skunk Ranch Area
-    End of Kerlin Creek Road
-    Corral Bottom Road (Rte 47) west of the intersection with the 16 continuing onto the 60 Road to the Four Corners area
-    Corral Bottom Road (Rte 60) north of Hyampom to the intersection of Underwood Mountain Road (Rte 47)
-    Castle Rock Area – Residences in the area of Underwood Mountain Road, Castle Rock and Hog Ranch including 5N40 Road, 5N07 Road, 5N09 Road, Big Lake, Hidden Lake to 5N60 Road to Mill Creek Road

Voluntary Evacuations:
-    St. Johns Road
-    Wintoon Flat, Waldorf Flat, Grel Ranch and Oak Flat
-    Manzanita Ranch Area
-    Mill Creek Road – Hwy 299 about 1 mile down Mill Creek Road


Road Closures:  (Hyampom Area)
-    Corral Bottom Road west of the 16 (Intersection of Rte 16 and Rte 47)
-    Underwood Mountain Road at the intersection of Road 5N09 (Four Corners)
-    Corral Bottom Road (Rte 60) north of Hyampom, closed just past the school
-    Intersection of Road 16 and Road 47 and Kerlin Creek Road at Lower South Fork Road

SHELTER INFORMATION:

The Red Cross has set-up an evacuation center at the Solid Rock Christian Church at the intersection of Hwy 3 and Tule Creek Road in Hayfork.  The Salvation Army is also offering water and meals at the Solid Rock Christian Church.

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 Update, Fri., Aug. 7, 5:25 pm - A press release, dated Aug. 7, 5:25 pm, from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, indicates the following evacuations and closures:

Down River Area Evacuations:

Denny Area Mandatory Evacuations:
Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences in the area of Denny and anyone using Denny Road to leave the area. At the request of California Interagency Management Team 3, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department is initiating a mandatory evacuation of the Denny, Dailey, Hoboken and Bell Flat areas due to increased fire activity and limited resources to provide structure protection. A hard road closure is in effect on Denny Road at the junction of Forest Road 7N26 at Onion Saddle. Denny Road is passable but use caution due to falling fire debris and rocks.

Castle Rock Area Mandatory Evacuations:
Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences in the area of Underwood Mountain Rd, Castle Rock and Hog Ranch including 5N40 road, 5N07 Road, 5N09 Road, Big Lake, Hidden Lake, to 5N60 Road to Mill Creek Road.

Mill Creek Rd Voluntary Evacuations:
Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for the following area from Highway 299 about 1 mile down Mill Creek Rd.

Road Closures for Down River Area:
Hard Closure: Denny Road @ 7N26 Road. Underwood Mountain Road @ intersection of Road 5N09 (Four Corners)
No Evacuation Center at this time

Mad River/Ruth Area Evacuations:

Ruth Lake Area Mandatory Evacuations:
Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences in the area of Mad River Rd from Highway 36 to Three Forks Road area and the backside of the lake on Ruth/Zenia Road to the Ruth Dam.

Van Duzen Road Advisory:
Advisory Notifications have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences in the area of Van Duzen Road from the dump to the intersection of the Ruth Zenia Road. There is potential fire activity moving into this area. Please be prepared for notifications to evacuate.

Road Closures for Mad River Area:
Hard Closure: Hwy 36 from just East of Forest Glen (Hell Gate) to Mad River Road and Lower Mad River Rd to Ruth/Zenia Rd.
Soft Closure: Ruth/Zenia Road to Three Forks Area and Van Duzen Road from the Dump to X of Ruth/Zenia Road
No evacuation Center at this time.

Wildwood Area Evacuations:

Wildwood Area Mandatory Evacuations:
Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for Wildwood Road (Rd302) from Gemmill Gulch to the east side of East Fork Road and all of East Fork Road. Shiell Ranch has been upgraded from Voluntary to a Mandatory Evacuation.
Voluntary Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences in the area of Wildwood Road (Rd302) from Gemmill Gulch to Hwy 36 including the town of Wildwood and all of its residents.

Road Closures of Wildwood Area:
Hard Closure: Wildwood Road (302) is closed from the north side of Carrier Gulch (31N49) at Stafford Crossing, south to the Gemmill Gulch picnic area (30N04)
**All of Hwy 36 is closed just east of Forest Glen at Hell Gate campground to the intersection of Hwy 36 and Mad River Road**

Hayfork Area Evacuations:

Kingsbury Gulch Mandatory Evacuations:
Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences on Kingsbury Gulch Road past the pavement.

Mill Gulch Mandatory Evacuations:
Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for the Mill Gulch area.

Morgan Hill Road Voluntary Evacuations:
Voluntary Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences in the area of Morgan Hill Road including Pine Avenue, Center Street and Madrone Avenue.

Forest Glen Voluntary Evacuations:
Voluntary evacuation have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department for residences in the Forest Glen area, which on Hwy 36 West of Trinity Pines.

Trinity Pines Voluntary Evacuations:
Voluntary Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences in the Trinity Pines.

Barker Creek Road Voluntary Evacuations:
The Mandatory Evacuations which have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences in the area of Barker Creek Road have been downgraded to Voluntary.

Farmer Ranch Road Voluntary Evacuations:
Voluntary Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences in the area of Farmer Ranch Road.

13 Dips Road Mandatory Evacuations:
The Mandatory Evacuations which have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences on 13 Dips Road.
Road Closures for Hayfork Area:

Hard Closure: Kingsbury Rd where the pavement ends. Hwy 3 from the intersection of Hwy 36 into Hayfork is still closed *including Rattlesnake Rd* & *13 Dips Road*, Hwy 36 from just east of Forest Glen (Hell Gate) to Mad River Road is still closed.
**Hwy 36 to Red Bluff/Redding is open and Road 10 into Hayfork is open for Trinity Pines residents to use.
Red Cross Evacuation Center for Hayfork is at: Solid Rock Christian Church, 66 Tule Creek Rd, Hayfork

Hyampom Area Evacuations:

Corral Bottom Mandatory Evacuations:
Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for the following areas from the intersection of Road 16 and Road 47 to Road 47 to Road 60 and Road 60 into Hyampom.

Corral Bottom Road Area Voluntary Evacuations:
At the intersection of Corral Bottom Road and the five-way cross of 47 Road, all privately owned residences south to the 60 Road and on the 60 Road all private residences in the area of Hidden Lake to Chaparall Mountain.

St. Johns Road Area Voluntary Evacuations:
Voluntary Evacuations have been ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for the area of St. Johns Road to the end of South Fork River Trail starting at about Mile Marker 4.

End of Kerlin Creek
Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences at the end of Kerlin Creek Rd.

Skunk Ranch Area
Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for the Skunk Ranch Area.

Voluntary Evacuation Notices for the Hyampom Area
Property Areas listed below are for the private property owners in the area of:
~Wintu Flat
~Waldorf Flat
~Grel Ranch
~Oak Flat
~Manzanita Ranch

Road Closures for Hyampom Area:
As a result of extreme fire danger and evacuations orders in the Hyampom Area, if you are a resident of and are evacuating, you will need to leave the area using Hyampom Road into Hayfork as Road 60 and Road 47 are closed due to fire activity.
Hard Closure: Intersection of Road 16 & Road 47 and Kerlin Creek Road @ Lower South Fork Road.

Red Cross Evacuation Center for Hayfork is at: Solid Rock Christian Church, 66 Tule Creek Rd, Hayfork.

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Update, Fri., Aug. 7, 9:30 am - Information from Terri Klemetson, KMUD News, indicates:
Wildland near Bridgeville, Blocksburg, Alderpoint and Zenia continues to burn as firefighters from around the state work to suppress the Humboldt Complex fires.  4,062 acres are on fire with 35% containment. Four outbuildings have been destroyed, cattle continue to run from fire and millions of dollars of private timberland is threatened.  There are 7 active fires, and spot fires continue to flare up.  

At this morning’s Calfire briefing, Night Operations Chief Vince Bergland said the good news is that the fire lines in the southern portion of the Humboldt Complex are holding.  But spot fires continue to flare up, so firefighters need to stay vigilant. There are 11 aircraft working the Humboldt Complex today; those include 3 National Guard aircraft, 3 Type II helicopters as well as air tankers.  

The Pine Fire in the Humboldt Complex (click here to see location on CalFire map) is now 1,275 acres and considered priority #1. Firefighters worked hard to suppress spot fires Thursday night. Firefighters conducted firing operations on the top to secure the northern flank last night. Dozers, aircraft and hand crews will continue to "button up" the east flank today.  

North of the Pine Fire in the Mount Lassic Wilderness area the Lassic fire, managed by the Forest Service, is growing; it’s now at 1,359 acres.   

The Bluford fire, to the east of the Pine Fire, is 207 acres.  Calfire’s control objectives are focused on the Pine and Bluford fires, specifically to keep the fires: north of Zenia Bluff Road; south of Forest Service Road 02S08, Goat Rock and Mountain, and to keep them east of Alderpoint Road and west of Big Meadow.  

The Dobbyn Fire is 819 acres. There was a half acre spot fire at the Dobbyn fire that was contained.

The Steelhead Fire is 1,337 acres.  Firefighters did conduct fire operations Thursday night, brought the fireline back to the river.  Everyone needs to keep their eyes on the southern edge where a previous spot fire occurred.   

The Winchester Fire is 147 acres.  Firefighters were told to go the extra mile, mop up the normal 100 feet but, if possible, to 300 feet and “don’t lose any real estate”.   

The Wildcat Fire is 304 acres. Night Operations Chief, Vince Bergland, said there was spotting last night, but firefighters are starting to make good progress on containment.  

The Blocksburg Fire is 269 acres.  Firefighters were told to “put it to bed” in hopes of easing the minds of the 40 homeowners nearby.  

Road Information:
Highway 36 is closed from the Humboldt/Trinity county line to State Route 3 in Trinity County. Caltrans says Highway 20 will reopen this morning at 10 a.m. There’s still a lot of fire activity, and CHP will have extra enforcement present. Motorists are asked to use caution when traveling these routes, as fire workers and vehicles will be active.
 
Shasta Trinity National Forest, South Complex, update as of 8 am this Friday morning: 
A heavy smoke inversion in the area moderated fire growth overnight, and helped firefighters continue to hold and improve containment lines. On the Pelletreau Fire, firefighters completed their overnight goal for strategic firing operations and held the fire perimeter around Waldorff and Wintoon Flats. Today they will continue mopping up and firing as conditions permit to secure the line at the river. Firefighters held and mopped up burning operations along Pelletreau Creek and across Forest Road 3N14, and they will be in the area today creating containment line with dozers behind the structures in the Kerlin Creek Area. Some isolated flare-ups were observed in the area around Skunk Ranch, and those were addressed and monitored overnight. Resources will remain in the area today, providing point protection and working to build containment lines on the western side of the fire. Drought- and disease-stressed trees along Route 60 continue to fall as the fire reaches them, causing a safety concern for firefighters and residents in the fire area. Tree fallers will be in the area today felling and removing trees.

Weather today is expected to be warm, with high temperatures around the Complex, predicted to be in the upper 80s to low 90s. A chance of isolated lightning is possible, as a storm moves through to our south.
 
Fires by Acre:
Castle: 7100
Pelletreau: 4350
Pattison: 2800
Clark: 450
Olson: 215
Springer, Hill, York, Mill Combined: 111 acres
 
Evacuations and Closures - The Red Cross has established an evacuation center at the Solid Rock Christian Church at the intersection of State Route 3 and Tule Creek Road in Hayfork. The Salvation Army is also offering water and meals to residents at the Church, whether or not they are staying at the evacuation center.

Mandatory Evacuations as of 8 a.m. on August 7 include residences along:
1. Skunk Ranch area
2. End of Kerlin Creek Road
3. Corral Bottom area from the intersection of Road 16 and Road 47 to Road 47 to Road 60 and Road 60 into Hyampom

Voluntary Evacuations:
1. Castle Rock Area-residences in the area of Underwood Mountain Road, Castle Rock and Hog Ranch including 5N40 Road, 5N07 Road, 5N09 Road, Big Lake, Hidden Lake, to 5N60 Road to Mill Creek Road.
2. Corral Bottom-- From the intersection of Corral Bottom Road and the five-way cross of 47 Road, all privately owned residences south to the 60 Road and on the 60 Road all private residences in the area of Hidden Lake to Chaparral Mountain.
3. Wintoon Flat
4. Waldorf Flat
5. Grel Ranch
6. Oak Flat
7. Manzanita Ranch Area (reduced to voluntary)

Road Closures:
Hyampom Area: (In case of evacuation, these routes will not be accessible.)
1.  Intersection of Road 47 and Road 60
2.  Intersection of Road 16 and Road 47
3.  On the Underwood Mountain Road, Four Corners area

Hayfork Area:
1. The Wildwood Road (302) is closed from the north side of Carrier Gulch Road (31N49) at Stafford Crossing, south to the Gemmil Gulch picnic area (30N04)
2. Highway 3 from the south entrance of the Hayfork fairgrounds south to the junction of highway 36
3. Highway 36 is closed at Forest Glen west to Lower Mad River Road.
 
There are public information lines set up for all community members: Humboldt Complex Info:  707-418-0411. USFS Fire Info for Mad River Complex, Mount Lassic Wilderness or Ruth Lake: 707-574-6289.

Please see the KMUD News Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/KmudNews

The photo below is a satellite image, taken Aug. 6, from NASA's Earth Observatory showing the large plume of light to heavy smoke from the California fires moving eastward. The plumes at the top of the photo are from fires burning in Alaska and Canada.


Update, Thurs., Aug 6, 9:30 am -Brief updates on the Rocky Fire in Lake County and air quality in our region can be viewed at the bottom of this update. The following information is from a report by Terri Klemetson, KMUD News:

Humboldt Lightning Complex 7 am Calfire Briefing August 6, 2015:
It’s been a week since lightning sparked the Humboldt Complex fires, and Calfire says they’re making good progress getting containment lines around the 8 blazes still burning. As of this Thursday morning, Calfire says the Humboldt Complex is burning 3,962 acres and yesterday’s containment estimate was 35%. At this morning’s Calfire briefing, Night Operations Chief Vince Bergland said that the southern section fires laid down nicely, but the Bluford Fire needs more tightening up. Firefighters did ignite fire as a defensive firing operation on the West side of the Pine Mountain Fire last night, Wednesday, to keep the fire from burning out of it’s projected containment lines.

Night operations reported one accident; a water tender slipped off a spur road near Pine Mountain Lane, so crews will be in the area cleaning up the traffic accident and re-opening that water supply. Bulldozers containment line construction will continue, and Calfire said they will assess the forest to start a new chipping operation to cut back on ladder fuels in the forest. The National Guard sent dozens of personnel to help on the Humboldt Complex fires, trucks, communications satellite ops and aircraft rolled into southern Humboldt this Thursday morning.

Today’s specific control objectives are to: identify and map all new fires, contain all new fires and mop-up within the fire perimeter, provide for the safety of crews, reduce the potential for heat-related injuries and to specifically keep the Bluford and Pine Fires: North of Zenia Bluff Road, South of Forest Service Road 02S08, Goat Rock and Mountain Creek, East of Alderpoint Road and West of Big Meadow.

Fire by fire objectives are as follows:
Winchester Fire #47 burning 147 acres: Continue to improve and hold existing hand and dozer line. Construct direct line where possible and mop up 100 feet inside the line.

Wildcat Fire #51 burning 304 acres: Continue to improve and hold existing hand and dozer line. Construct direct line where possible.

Steelhead Fire #54 burning 1,255 acres: Continue to improve and hold existing hand and dozer line. Construct direct line where possible. Crews reportedly made good progress last night.

Dobbyn Fire #57 burning 819 acres: Improve and hold existing line, complete direct line. Night ops reports minimal growth, continue to mop up.

Blocksburg Fire #58 K & T burning 1255 acres: Continue to improve and hold existing hand and dozer lines. Construct direct line where possible. Cut out island, if possible, meaning: assess the unburned fuels inside each containment zone and decide how to address them. Mop up.

Pine Fire #44 C & L Burning 964 acres:This fire is the #1 Priority today, Thursday. Eight bulldozers are assigned to the Pine Fire along with engines and crews. Additionally, there will be multiple helicopters flying the area including National Guard air resources.

Bluford Fire #65 now burning 204 acres: Night operations said they started bulldozing a secondary line between the Pine and Bluford Fires, in addition to bulldozing around each fire’s anticipated containment zone. Control operations today are: continue improving existing line; mop up 50 feet inside line; complete direct line (if any); implement contingency line; hold, and mop up.

Firefighters were told to slow down on the local roads. People living in the Alderpoint Road area have complained about fast driving firefighters. Firefighters were warned that today is supposed to be the driest and hottest day of the week. All fires might show more burning activity, and firefighters need to keep safety at the forefront of all planning and attack.

The official Public Information Officer phone number for the Humboldt Complex is 707-418-0411. The official USFS public information number for the fires burning in Trinity County, including Black Lassic is 707-574-6289

Rocky Fire information from a CalFire incident report update:
As our local fires continue to be managed, the Rocky Fire in Lake County has now burned around 70,000 acres of mixed forest and chaparral east of Clearlake, near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road.  According to a CalFire incident update, dated, August 6, 2015 9:45 am, this fire started on July 29, 2015 3:29 pm and is currently 40% contained. The report indicates that 43 residences and 53 outbuildings have been destroyed and 8 structures damaged. A long list of mandatory and advisory evacuations is in force, and several road closures have been announced - click here to see more details. Also, click here to read about how the intense burning of this fire has created its own weather.

Air Quality continues to be a concern for many in our area. Here's the latest from North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District in Eureka:
Continued areas of smoke, haze, and degraded air quality are being experienced throughout Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity Counties due to numerous wildfires.  Smoke from the Rocky Fire in Lake County continues to head northward and add to the smoke from local fires.
Weather forecasts indicate warm and dry conditions with increased smoke dispersion and fire activity. An upper level low pressure system is approaching the area and will bring dry lightning today through Friday.  The Trinity River Valley can expect smoke for the next few days.  Smoke will likely settle in nearby canyons, valleys, and basins causing poor air quality. Air quality monitors in the Eureka area continue to show good to moderate air quality.


Update, Wed., Aug. 5, 9:30 am- Interview submitted by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson, updating the status of the Lightning Complex Fires.
Use the SoundCloud Player below to hear this interview done Tues., Aug. 4 and broadcast that evening on the KMUD Local News.

Also, according to an update from CalFire, dated Wed., Aug 5 at 8:30 am, the Humboldt Lightning Fires in the Alder Point-Blocksburg area, comprised of over 70 fires, have burned 3,702 acres and are 30% contained.  An advisory evacuation for the community of Blocksburg was lifted at 6:00 p.m. Monday August 3, 2015, but Highway 36 is still closed from the Humboldt/Trinity county line to 3.5 miles west of the Trinity/Shasta county line. The report describes current conditions as follows: After a damage assessment, it was determined that no residence was destroyed. Four outbuildings were destroyed in the Dobbyn Fire. A total of 7 fires over 100 acres have burned 3,242 acres. Active fires range in size from 142 to 953 acres. Threat continues to commercial timberland. Much of the timberland is owned by small timberland and rangeland owners, who rely on timber and range revenue for a steady source of income. Fires threaten habitat for threatened and endangered species.

Additional information from KMUD News Facebook Page reads as follows:
Dozer crews headed out to the Pine Mountain fire again this Wednesday morning to tie in more of the northern side. That fire has grown to 804 acres and Calfire says they want to keep it away from the Black Lassic wilderness area.The Dobbyn Fire grew to 785 acres, but bulldozers made good progress on Tuesday tying in the eastern boundary of the fire. Firefighters will continue to mop up and tie in the line around the fire.

Meanwhile, the Steelhead fire united with a fire burning to the south. Calfire said that was the plan in order to complete the ridgeline contingency line as they work to mop up the hot spots dotting the perimeter. The Steelhead Fire is now 1,191 acres and is the largest fire in the complex.

 


 

Update, 9:30 am, Tues., Aug. 4 (information from Terri Klemetson, KMUD News): The big news at this Tuesday morning’s Calfire briefing for the Humboldt Lightning Complex was the evacuation advisory being lifted in the Blocksburg area.  That being said, firefighters were told to work hard and make containment lines a reality on the 8 fires still burning near Alderpoint and Blocksburg.

Calfire says the Humboldt Lightning Complex is burning 2,895 acres with only 20% containment. 200 structures are still threatened.  Incident Commander, Tom Nix, said he was proud of the crew's incredible work taking the fire count from 75 fires to 8 fires still burning actively in the complex, but he stressed the need to attack them hard today.      

Firefighting crews stayed on the scene Monday night and conducted another firing operation on fire #1-58 near Cemetery Road. The fire operation reportedly went well, and that fire is now burning 266 acres.  

Meanwhile, fires #44 and #65 were active fires until after sundown.  Fire #44, burning on Pine Mountain, has consumed 613 acres. Dozer crews are headed out to the Pine Mountain Fire today, and air resources have been assigned to attack the fire on Pine Mountain as well.  Fire #65 is burning just south of Black Lassic, in the Six Rivers National Forest, NW of Zenia Road; it has consumed 185 acres.

Firefighters were told to improve the dozer line around fire #47, the fire near Winchester Ridge, which is now burning 142 acres. Fire #51 is the fire near Willow Draw, flanked by the Eel River on it’s northern edge, west of Fort Seward.   Crews reported good progress on #51 but were told to continue to improve and expand the bulldozer lines around the fire, which is burning 280 acres.  

On Monday, fire #54 was a big priority, burning 502 acres south of Fort Seward with the Eel River flanking it’s west side, but at Tuesday’s meeting it wasn’t mentioned as a priority, and the new maps show the fire is now burning 579 acres.  The largest fire, #57 near Dobbyn’s creek, is still holding at 749 acres.  

Calfire’s website states, “threat continues to commercial timberland with an estimated value of $15,000,000. Much of the timberland is owned by small timberland and rangeland owners.”

Please see the KMUD News Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/KmudNews?fref=nf for more updates.


 

Update, Noon/Monday, Aug. 3: As of 10 this morning the Humboldt lightning complex fires have burned approximately 2,692 acres. Cal Fire says they have 15% containment on more than 70 separate fires. Firefighters continue to arrive at the Eel River Conservation camp near Redway to help contain the blaze. Cal Fire says there are now 1,232 firefighters and 86 engines, along with numerous helicopters and water tankers.

At this morning’s 7 am briefing, three priority fires were outlined. Priority #1 is the fire called #1-54 (click here to see a Calfire map showing its location).  This fire is burning 396 acres south of Fort Seward with the Eel River flanking it’s west side. The other priorities are fire #1-47 and #1-51. Fire #47 (click here to see map) is burning 119 acres in steep terrain near Winchester Ridge and Fire #51 (click here to view map) is burning 173 acres near Willow Draw flanked by the Eel River on its northern edge, west of Fort Seward. Calfire said they did discover 4 new fires yesterday Sunday and are advising crews to be vigilant, lightning could still strike and ignite more vegetation.

 Firefighters made good progress on fire #58 burning 232 acres near Cemetery Road as of midnight last night. The dozer line expanded and they are tying it into the Conley Creek burn area.

More firefighters are being sent to 3 fires burning near the Humboldt Trinity county line, technically burning on Forest Service Land. Calfire is running operations, as all state resources are taxed at this time. Those fires include #44, a fire burning 277 acres near Pine Mountain and fire #65 burning 110 acres just south of Black Lassic, in the Six Rivers National Forest.

 In Shasta-Trinity National Forest:
The Trinity Alps Wilderness is being consumed two fires. The Groves Fire is burning at 722 acres and the Elk Fire at 607 acres.

The River Complex, is located north of Burnt Ranch, west of Denny. This complex has been burning since Thursday, July 30th.  As of 6:45 am., the River Complex is estimated at 3,745 acres, with no containment. There are 241 firefighters working to contain the blaze. The complex started as 18 fires that have now conjoined into 7. These 7 are Groves Fire, Dyer Fire, Onion Fire, Look Fire, Smokey Fire, Elk Fire, and Happy Fire.  Today’s focus for the River Complex, is to defend and protect structures in the areas of Denny, Dailey and Hoboken. It is in these areas that there are voluntary evacuations.

The Fork Complex burning near the communities of Hayfork, Hyampom and Harrison Gulch, is now at approximately 25, 313 acres . As of 7 am, US Forest Service has reported 5% containment. The Complex consists of 40 fires, and has caused a variety of mandatory evacuations.

In Six Rivers National Forest:
The Mad River Complex, located along Ruth Lake and the Mad River communities, has been burning since July 30th, with what was originally 25 fires. Now down to seven, the total burned area is approximated at 13,127 acres, with a 5% containment. This complex is composed of the following seven fires: the Lassic Fire, the Jack Fire, the Swayback, the Tierney Fire, the Buck Fire. the Gobbler Fire, and the Pickett Fire.

Mandatory Evacuations as of 4pm on August 2 go as follows:

In the Hyampom area:
•    Skunk Ranch
•    Manzanita Ranch
•    End of Kerlin Creek Road
•    Corral Bottom area from the intersection of Road 16 and Road 47 to Road 47 to Road 60 and Road 60 into Hyampom
•    Underwood Mountain Road (Forest Road 4N09) and Forest Road 4N09 )

In the Hayfork area:
•    Residences at Trinity Pines
•    Residences in the area of Barker Creek Road
•    Mill Gulch—Gulch Road (Highway 3 north to Hayfork)
•    Kingsbury Gulch Road in the area of Morgan Hill Rd from Pine St to Kingsbury Gulch Rd, including Kingsbury Rd, Center St, Dirt Rd.

Voluntary Evacuations are in place for Residences in the area of Farmer Ranch Rd.

Current Road Closures for Hyampom Area:
•    Hard Closure - Intersection of Road 47 and Road 60
•    Hard Closure - Intersection of Road 16 and Road 47

Road Closures for Hayfork Area:
•    Hard Closure - Hwy 3 at Fairgrounds south on Hwy 3 to Hwy 36
•    Hwy 36 at Wildwood Rd to all westbound Traffic

Please see the KMUD News Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/KmudNews?fref=nf for more updates.


 Update, 9 am/Mon., Aug 3 (information from Terri Klemetson, KMUD News-Humboldt Lightning Complex 7 am briefing):
The Humboldt Lightning Complex fires have burned approximately 2,692 acres since Thursday July 30th. Calfire says they have 15% containment on the more than 70 separate fires. Firefighters continue to arrive at the Eel River Conservation Camp near Redway to help contain the blazes. Calfire says there are now 1,153 firefighters and 72 engines along with numerous helicopters and water tankers fighting the Humboldt Lighting Complex.

At this morning’s 7 am briefing, three priority fires were outlined. Priority #1 is the fire called #1-54 (click here to see a Calfire map showing its location).  This fire is burning 396 acres south of Fort Seward with the Eel River flanking it’s west side.

The other priorities are fire #1-47 and #1-51. #47 (click here to see map) is burning 119 acres in steep terrain near Winchester Ridge and Fire #51 (click here to view map) is burning 173 acres near Willow Draw flanked by the Eel River on its northern edge, west of Fort Seward.

Calfire said they did discover 4 new fires yesterday, Sunday, Aug. 2, and are advising crews to be vigilant, lightning could still strike and ignite more vegetation.

Firefighters made good progress on fire #58 burning 232 acres near Cemetery Road, the dozer line expanded and they are tying it into the Conley Creek burn area.

More firefighters are being sent to 3 fires burning near the Humboldt Trinity county line, technically burning on Forest Service land.  Calfire is running operations, as all state resources are taxed at this time. Those fires include #1-44 a fire burning 277 acres near Pine Mountain and fire #65 burning 110 acres just south of Black Lassic, in the Six Rivers National Forest.

Fire #43 is still burning 303 acres near Steelhead Road. Meanwhile Fire #57, in the Dobbyn’s Creek area, is burning 516 acres. This fire is holding well and firefighters said they will be assessing overall containment of the fire near Dobbyn’s Creek this afternoon "to evaluate whether they can lift the evacuation advisory by 6 pm tonight, Monday."

An advisory evacuation is in place for the community of Blocksburg. A temporary evacuation center and informational center has been set up at the Alderpoint Volunteer Fire Department at 17440 Alderpoint Road.

Links to other CAL FIRE maps are found at the bottom of this page. For more updates, please see the KMUD News Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/KmudNews?fref=nf

Update, 9:50 am/Sun., August 2 -: Two community meetings will be held today, Sun., August 2: the first will begin at 1pm at the Hayfork Community Church in Hayfork, and the second will start at 4pm in Hyampom, at the Volunteer Fire Department. Fire management staff will provide operational updates and provide closure and evacuation information.

The Humboldt Lightning Complex fires burning in southern Humboldt have consumed approximately 2,300 acres, according to Incident Commander Tom Nix as of this Sunday, morning’s 7 am briefing. Firefighters will continue to mop up dozens of fires that sparked during Thursday’s lightning event.  Meanwhile, crews will attack 5 fires in the now-designated Branch I. Those fires are burning between 30-100 acres each.   

 Branch III, just a couple of miles north of Branch I, includes the 400 acre fire near Blocksburg.  Calfire crews will continue to monitor the firing operation that was conducted Saturday night, keeping the fire within the perimeter control lines.  The rest of Branch III is in patrol status, Calfire and local agency crews will be checking on all contained fires to make sure they are not re-igniting. The Infrared Mapping located 4 hot spots from the North to South on the map, they are: 173 acres north of Willow Draw Creek and south of the Eel River; 119 acres just north of and touching Winchester Ridge; 396 acres burning Hamner Flat east; and 166 acres burning near Steelhead Road. The Blocksburg area is under an evacuation warning. If anyone needs shelter, the Alderpoint Volunteer Fire Station is open to the community. Click here to see the the CAL FiIRE map showing Branch 1, 2 and 3. Links to other CAL FIRE maps are found at the bottom of this page.

Please see the KMUD News Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/KmudNews?fref=nf for more updates.

Update, Noon/Sat., August 1: There is an informational meeting about the southern Humboldt evacuations at 6 pm at the Baptist Church in Bridgeville (48215 Alderpoint Road) tonight, August 1st. See below for other updates:

Down River Area Evacuations
~Denny Area Voluntary Evacuations: For the town of Denny and surrounding area US Forest Service is recommending voluntary evacuations at this time. Multiple fires are threatening Denny Road and the ability to evacuate the area.
~Castle Rock Area Mandatory Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences in the area of Underwood Mountain Rd, Castle Rock and Hog Ranch  including 5 N 40 road, 5 N 07 Road, 5 N 09 Road, Big Lake, hidden Lake, to 5 N 60 Road to Mill Creek Road
~Mill Creek Rd Voluntary Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for the following area from Highway 299 about 1 mile down Mill Creek Rd

Road Closures for Down River Area: Soft Closures Hwy 299 @ Underwood Mountain Rd. No Evacuation Center at this time

Mad River/Ruth Area Evacuations:
~Ruth Lake Area Mandatory Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences in the area of Mad River Rd from Highway 36 to Three Forks Road area and the back side of the lake on Ruth/Zenia Road to the Ruth Dam

Road Closures for Mad River Area: Hard Closure: Hwy 36 @ Forest Glen west to Lower Mad River Rd and Lower Mad River Rd to Ruth/Zenia Rd - Soft Closure: Ruth/Zenia Rd to Three Forks Area

Red Cross Evacuation Center for Mad River/Ruth is at:  Van Duzen Community Center, Van Duzen Road, Mad River.

Hayfork Area Evacuations:
~
Kingsbury Gulch Mandatory Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences in the area of Morgan Hill Rd from Pine St to Kingsbury Gulch Rd, including Kingsbury Rd, Center St, Dirt Rd

Mill Gulch Mandatory Evacuations:
~Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for the Mill Gulch area

Trinity Pines Mandatory Evacuations:
~Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for residences in the area of Trinity Pines you will need to evacuate to Post Mountain Road to Highway 36 to Red Bluff or Highway 36 to Highway 3 to Hayfork.

Road Closures for Hayfork Area: Hard Closure: Hwy 3 @ Fairgrounds south on Hwy 3 to Hwy 36 and Hwy 36 @ Wildwood Rd to all W/B Traffic
Red Cross Evacuation Center for Hayfork is at: Solid Rock Christian Church, 66 Tule Creek Rd, Hayfork

Hyampom Area Evacuations:
~Corral Bottom Mandatory Evacuations
~Mandatory Evacuations have been requested by US Forest Service and ordered by the Trinity County Sheriff's Department for the following areas from the intersection of Road 16 and Road 47 to Road 47 to Road 60 and Road 60 into Hyampom
    ~End of Kerlin Creek Rd
    ~Skunk Ranch Area
    ~Manzanita Ranch Area

 Road Closures for Hyampom Area: Soft Closure: Hwy 299 @ Corral Bottom Rd

See the original post on this story below. Links to the current fire maps are located at bottom of the page.

In response to the many fires raging in California, exacerbated by drought and extreme weather, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency to help mobilize additional firefighting and disaster response resources. In a statement made yesterday, July 31, 2015, Brown said, “California’s severe drought and extreme weather have turned much of the state into a tinderbox,” and added that, “Our courageous firefighters are on the front lines and we’ll do everything we can to help them.”

The following is a KMUD News Special Bulletin about fires in our area, as of Sat., August 1, 2015:

Humboldt County:

Calfire says fires in Humboldt county are now burning 900 acres and growing with only 5% containment. Sheriff Downey has issued a precautionary evacuation advisory for Blocksburg, due to wildfire. No mandatory evacuation orders are in effect. Residents of Blocksburg are being told to get ready for evacuation. Meanwhile, firefighters on the ground and in the air continue to battle fires in the Alderpoint & Blocksburg area.  

The good news in Humboldt… ‪The QueenFire‬ off Hwy 169 & McKinnon Hill Rd, 5 miles SE of Pecwan, (Humboldt County) is now 158 acres & 90% contained.

Mendocino County:

Calfire says the 6 fires started by the Mendocino Lightning Fires burned 50 acres and are 80 % contained.  The Cahto Fire is now 30 acres and 40% contained.

Trinity County:
 Multiple fires are burning and growing so mandatory evacuations were extended.

The Pickett Fire burning around Ruth Lake is now 750 acres and growing.  Meanwhile, there are multiple lightning-caused fires burning near Hayfork and fires near Hettenshaw Valley.  

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a Mandatory Evacuation for the following areas:

Hyampom - The end of Kerlin Creek Road, 3N44 & 3N50, Road 16, Road 47, and Road 60.

Hayfork - The end of Barker Creek Road, the Mill Gulch area, mile marker 3.18 Highway 3 all the way to the Hayfork dump, Morgan Hill Road, Kingsbury Road, Pine Street, and Dirt Street.

Mad River – Mad River Road from Highway 36 to Three Forks.

Voluntary Evacuations are still in place for the Denny area, in Hayfork Farmer Ranch/Big Creek Road, in Ruth on Lower Mad River Road from the Ruth Marina/Journey’s Inn to the Ruth/Zenia Road.

Highway 3 south bound is closed from Hyampom Road to Highway 36.

The Red Cross is setting up evacuation centers in Hayfork at the Solid Rock Christian Church, 66 Tule Creek Road, and in Mad River at the Van Duzen Elementary School, 680 County Road 511.

CAL FIRE Operational Shift Maps (current as of Sat., July 1) can be viewed using the links below:

IAP_11x17__24k_Portrait_Page1 (Ft. Seward Area)
IAP_11x17__24k_Portrait_Page2 (Pine Mt./Casterlin Rd. Area)
IAP_11x17__24k_Portrait_Page3 (Northwest of Alderpoint)
IAP_11x17__24k_Portrait_Page4 (Pratt Mt./Winchester Ridge Area)
IAP_11x17__24k_Portrait_Page5 (Reed Mt./Panther Peak/Pratt Mt. Area)
IAP_11x17_Portrait_Page1_2015_7_31_HUU_LCA_3_CAHUU_005606_Day (Overview map showing Branches and Staging Areas)

Road Closures:
Hyampom Area: (In case of evacuation, these routes will not be accessible.)
1.  Intersection of Road 47 and Road 60
2.  Intersection of Road 16 and Road 47
3.  On the Underwood Mountain Road, Four Corners area

Special KMUD News programming aired today giving updates on the latest news about the Lodge Lightning Complex, including homeowners reacting to ‪the ‎Lodge Lightning Complex‬ Evacuation Order given last night (Friday, Aug., 8). Use the SoundCloud player below to hear this program.

 

The following information and maps were supplied by Bob Barsotti, dated Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 9:43 AM:

"The fire has crossed the fire line on Brushy Mountain and has burned approx 200acres on the east side of the line. They are hitting it hard w/ aircraft today, both heli & fixed wing. They have two new heli's here called sky cranes that are dipping at the gel plant set up at Alder Springs Vineyards pond and dumping the retardant on the fires. Today they are focussing on creating a new fire break through the rangeland east of the fire and west of Hwy 101 trying to make a disconnect if the fire heads further east today. The fire has also crossed the Eel at the mouth of 10 Mile canyon and will probably burn up to Camp Seabow today. They are pretty confidant they can stop it there, but they also felt that way yesterday on Brushy Mt. They are also focusing on stopping it from spreading towards Tan Oak Park by using the fixed wing aircraft dropping retardant all along the line there."

"Here are three maps showing the fire perimeter, the air ops, and the section map. I was especially impressed in the briefing of the pilots this AM when Calfire told them that after dipping in the gel plant, if they aren't sent right back for another load they need to go to their clean out dip to clean their tanks and hoses in case their next mission is to the river, as they cannot dip in the river with retardant in their systems. Hat's off to Calfire for their extreme attention to detail in the  midst of chaos."

 

 

 

Update: From CalFire, posted at 7:00 AM, Aug. 9, 2014: An Evacuation Order has been issued for the area around the eastern boundary of the Lodge Fire in the following areas: Camp Seabow, Elder Place, Tan Oak Park, Bald Mountain Ranch, Mad Creek, Elk Creek east of Brush Mountain.

According to the update, the Lodge Complex has burned 7100 acres, is 30% contained and has involved 11 injuries with 58 structures threatened.

The CalFire Incident update describes the current situation as:
"The fire continues to burn in heavy timber. Firefighters are challenged by steep, rugged terrain with difficult access. Late yesterday afternoon the fire made significant runs on the eastern portion of the fire. Eight firefighters were injured as the fire crested a portion of Brush Mountain. All eight firefighters were transported to burn centers and treated for burns; they remain in stable condition."

An evacuation shelter has been set up by the American Red Cross at the Leggett School, 1 School Way

Please visit www.wildlandfirersg.org for information on how to prepare for an evacuation.

Community meetings will be held today (Sat., Aug 9), in Leggett and Laytonville. The meeting in Leggett will begin at 1:00PM at Leggett School, 1 School Way. The meeting in Laytonville will begin at 5:00PM at the Harwood Hall, 44400 Willis Ave.

The original post on this announcement appears below.


 

Update Friday evening, Aug. 8: CalFire has now issued an Evacuation Order for the area around the eastern boundary of the Lodge Complex Fire in the area of Elk Creek east of Brush Mountain.

An “Evacuation Order,” means there is an imminent threat to life and property in the affected areas and people in these areas should leave the affected area immediately.

For information Contact: Lodge Complex Information Line, (626) 622-7927

In a previous Media Advisory this area was described as:
Near Camp Seabow, Bowman Ranch Rd, Peterson and Grubb Creeks as well as residences in the areas of:
- Big Bend - Grizzly Creek
- Cedar Flat - Hermitage
- Cummings/Little Red Mountain - Little Dann Creek
- Dann Valley - Tan Oak Park

Please visit www.wildlandfirersg.org for information on how to prepare for an evacuation.

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Our Mission and Vision

Vision Statement: Redwood Community Radio envisions a community of listeners who, guided by example of RCR programming, work together to create better, more just and sustainable world systems to ensure that all human and other living species on earth move toward higher quality of life and are able to survive the challenges in the times ahead.

Mission Statement: Redwood Community Radio will encourage a communication center of open airways (KMUD) for all voices to inform, educate, entertain and inspire the listening community through quality programming.

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Redwood Community Radio, Inc. • PO Box 135 - 1144 Redway Dr. • Redway, CA 95560 • Office (707) 923-2513 • News (707) 923-2605 • Studio (707) 923-3911