CAMP Assisted Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies in Whitethorn Raid Today

Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 3:34 p.m. / Crime ,  marijuana

According to Steve Knight of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) assisted his department in a marijuana related raid today. Knight said that a helicopter was used to access the site of an illegal garden on private timber lands in the Whitethorn area of Southern Humboldt.

Knight said that CAMP is temporarily helping eradicate cannabis gardens that the Sheriff’s Department has identified as sites of interest. CAMP will be working with the Sheriff’s Department in other raids but Knight declined to state how long that agency will be in the area aiding local officers.

Yesterday, CAMP assisted the Sheriff’s Office in a raid in the Blocksburg area.


10,276 Marijuana Plants Eradicated by Sheriff’s Department and CAMP North of Blocksburg

Andrew Goff / Yesterday @ 3:12 p.m. /  marijuana

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On 8-26-2014, at approximately 10:00 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, assisted by members of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting and the Humboldt County Drug Task Force drove to an area just north of Blocksburg. At the open field location, deputies eradicated 10,276 growing marijuana plants ranging from 6” to 9’ tall. The plants were grown on three different parcels, all on private property. There were no residences or structure in the area. Deputies also located two large water lines drafting water from a nearby creek to water the marijuana plants.

No suspects were located at the scene, and the investigation is ongoing. The case is also being referred to the California Fish and Wildlife for an investigation into possible environmental crimes.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

PREVIOUSLYCAMP — Yes, CAMP! — Conducting Raids in Blocksburg Today

Orleans Student Goes Missing on His Way to Montana College

Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Aug. 26 @ 11:47 a.m. /  Missing

Lucius Robbi on the left. His Suburu, packed for college, on the right

A Humboldt County man, Lucius Robbi, has disappeared between Horseshoe Bend, Idaho and Missoula, Montana on his way to college. The 21 year old, who grew up near Orleans, had been working as a guide for a kayaking/rafting company in Idaho this summer. He left his place of work on Tuesday the 19th in the afternoon and was supposed to arrive for orientation the next day at the University of Montana.

Robbi told friends he planned to camp that night in a tent somewhere along the way. He was driving his 1997 green Subaru Outback with two unusual kayaks strapped on top. One is an orange Zet Raptor creekboat. That Kayak is extremely rare. Another is an orange Fluid Nemesis which is relatively uncommon.

These are not the kayaks (both Robbi’s are orange.) However, they are photos of kayaks like his. [Photo from the Facebook page Finding Lucius.]

There have been numerous searches by law enforcement and volunteers in the area Robbi is believed to have been traveling. Friends and family say it is extremely unlike him to not show up for his first day of school.

The family is requesting more volunteers to search the area. (Go here to volunteer.) A GoFundMe site has been set up for those who would like to financially support the search. A Finding Lucius page has been set up on Facebook with more information.

Below is a flyer that can be printed out and distributed. Also friends and family are encouraging sharing information about Robbi being missing via social networking sites. 

Garberville Man Claims to Own Gingerbread Mansion, Police Arrest Him

Kym Kemp / Monday, Aug. 25 @ 1:39 p.m. /  Crime

Ferndale Police Department press release:

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 1:30 pm, Ferndale police officers responded to the Gingerbread Mansion Bed and Breakfast, 400 Berding Street, regarding a suspicious male acting strangely.  Upon the officer’s arrival at the Gingerbread Mansion, the Ferndale police Officer contacted Dan Craig Dobbs, 40 years old, Garberville, CA, outside the establishment on the porch.

Dobbs claimed he was a past guest of the Gingerbread Mansion and wanted to rent a room. Dobbs said he entered the bed and breakfast and walked to the third floor in order to look at a room he wanted to rent. Dobbs claimed he had “only” had a sip of wine from a wine bottle located next to the establishment’s guest registration log book, on the first floor. 

The officer spoke with management and learned Dobbs had actually walked upstairs, entered two separate private hotel rooms.  While Dobbs was inside the first private unoccupied hotel room, he stole a bottle of wine from the room and exited the room.  Dobbs then immediately walked into another unoccupied private hotel room and opened the sealed bottle of wine.  Dobbs exited the second room, walked to the first floor, retrieved a wine glass and returned to the second private hotel room.  While inside the hotel room, he began drinking the wine.  The wine was valued at approximately 40-50 dollars. 

Furthermore, Dobbs claimed to be the owner of the establishment to management and staff.  At some point, Dobbs walked into the kitchen area, and without permission, began opening and looking through kitchen drawers and cabinets along with the refrigerator and freezer. During Dobbs’ visit, he walked into one of the rooms reserved for staff and began pointing at things within the room and claimed they were stolen from him.

After the officer conducted a full investigation, Dobbs was arrested for burglary.  Ultimately Dobbs was transported to the Humboldt County Jail where he was booked for burglary. 

Rio Dell Resident Dies in Motorcycle Accident

Kym Kemp / Monday, Aug. 25 @ 9:41 a.m. /  News

California Highway Patrol press release:

On August 23, 2014, at approximately 6:20 PM, a 2001 Honda motorcycle driven by a 42 year old resident of Rio Dell, CA was traveling west on Mattole Road, west of the Honeydew Cal-Fire Station.  For reasons still under investigation, the motorcycle left the roadway and the driver was ejected.  The driver sustained fatal injuries upon coming in contact with the ground. 

Passing motorists came upon the collision scene and contacted emergency personnel.  Garberville CHP, Honeydew Volunteer Fire Department, and Mattole Cal-Fire responded to the scene. 

The driver of the motorcycle was wearing his helmet at the time of the collision.  It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the cause of this collision. 

This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Area.

Fatal ATV Accident near Laytonville

Kym Kemp / Monday, Aug. 25 @ 9:38 a.m. /  News

California Highway Patrol press release:

On August 24, 2014, at approximately 9:00 AM, Mr. Travis Edwin Lee, of Dattledoro, North Carolina, was operating a borrowed, highly modified racing ATV.  Lee was traveling on a private asphalt roadway and entered a right hand curve at a high rate of speed.  Lee was unable to negotiate the curve and the ATV drifted to the outside of the curve and contacted a boulder.  The ATV was thrust into the air, as was Lee, who was ejected.  Lee contacted the grass covered dirt shoulder with his head and suffered significant trauma to both his torso, as well as his head.  Lee was not discovered immediately.  A passerby observed Lee on the side of the road and contacted a nearby resident, who called 911.

Lee was transported from the scene by the Long Valley Fire Department ambulance, to Howard Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.  Next of kin has been notified.

Assisting at the collision scene were the Laytonville Volunteer Fire Department, Laytonville Ambulance, and McCaffrey’s Automotive Towing.

The cause of this collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Area.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the cause of this collision.

[UPDATED 6:55 p.m.] Fire West of Weaverville

Kym Kemp / Sunday, Aug. 24 @ 6:16 p.m. /  Fire!

UPDATE 6:58 p.m.: Cal Fire has revised its estimate of acreage burned downwards to 580 acres. According to the Oregon Fire Incident Information report, the fire is now considered 45% contained. One structure was destroyed. There were two injuries.

Below is a rough map from Wildland Fire that shows the approximate area of the fire including where it began on Hwy 299.

UPDATE 5:55 p.m.: The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office just issued the following information:

As of 6:00PM, all evacuations will be lifted. The evacuation center will be closing.

Cal Fire states, “Favorable weather conditions with decreased winds allowed firefighters to make good progress overnight. Ground and air resources will continue to work toward strengthening and increasing containment lines today in addition to mopping up.”

UPDATE 12:14 p.m.: Caltrans issued a statement:

SR 299 from Weaverville to the Oregon Mountain summit is OPEN! Short closure in westbound #2 lane for emergency equipment at postmile 49.65-49.85.

UPDATE 11:35 a.m.:  Photographer Jed Medin has a series of frightening shots from last night’s windblown blaze. Here’s one below. See more of his photos by clicking here.

Fire engulfs a hill west of Weaverville. [Photo by Jed Medin.]

UPDATE 9:45 a.m.: Trinity County Sheriff’s Department updated information. They issued the following statement:

As of 8:00AM, all areas that were under a mandatory evacuation have been put on an advisory evacuation. 

The evacuation center at the Weaverville First Baptist Church will remain open until further notice.

UPDATE 8:01 a.m.: Red Cross tweeted,

UPDATE 8/25 7:03 a.m.: Cal Fire released information  a few minutes before seven a.m. that the fire is still 650 acres and 25% contained. They write that the following evacuations are still in effect and and evacuated people are welcome at the following place:

Evacuations: Mandatory for Weaver Bally Estates, Easter Ave.,Ridge Road, Weeks Road, Leslie Lane, Airport Road, East Weaver Creek, Red Hill Road, Barbara Road, 5 Cent Gulch Street, Red River Road, Browns Ranch Road and Brooks Road North of Highway 3 and Highway 299

Evacuation Center: Weaverville Elementary School, 31020 Highway 3 Weaverville, CA

Cal Trans says there is one lane piloted traffic through the affected area of 299—three miles west of Weaverville and to the junction with State Route 3..

UPDATE 10:44 p.m.:

UPDATE 9:55 p.m.: The Red Cross tweeted,

UPDATE 9:38 p.m.:  Video of earlier this evening from reader Megan Siebold‎,

UPDATE 9:16 p.m.: A Facebook page has started for Weaverville residents threatened by the fire. You can follow it here.

UPDATE 9:11 p.m.: KRCR News is reporting at least one structure burnt. For more information and photos, click here.

UPDATE 8:41 p.m.: Cal Fire is saying,

The fire is currently burning at a rapid rate of spread. Extremely steep terrain and winds are making containment difficult for firefighters. Numerous ground and air resources are working on the fire with additional units responding.  

UPDATE 8:39 p.m.: Here is an image that shows the fire right after it started about 4:30 p.m..

Just after the fire started around 4:30 p.m. [Photo provided by Rebekah Gobin Harmon]

UPDATE 8:32 p.m.: is listing the fire at 650 acres.

UPDATE 8:27 p.m.: Rachel Dhe posted a photo on our Facebook and the following explanation, “We are sitting at the west end of town, we can see the fire. Cal Trans says we will be escorted through by CHP.”


UPDATE 8:23 p.m.: KRCR Reporter tweeted,

UPDATE 8:14 p.m.: Trinity County Sheriff just sent out this information,

On August 25, 2014 starting at 8:00AM, the Red Cross evacuation center will be moving to the Weaverville First Baptist Church located on Highway 299 across from Mountain View Rd.

UPDATE 8:11 p.m.: Incredible video shot by KRCR News. Click here.

UPDATE 8:04 p.m.: Caltrans in the area is tweeting,

UPDATE 7:44 p.m.: Trinity County Sheriff’s Office just added additional evacuations. They wrote,

Additional MANDATORY evacuations are as follows: Kelso St, Mulligan St, Willow Ave, Manzanita St, Reservoir Rd, Town Reservoir Rd, Tom Bell Rd, Angel Hill Rd, Brashaw Rd, Benoist Ln. 

UPDATE 7:33 p.m.: Cal Fire tweet:

UPDATE 7:26 p.m.: Wildland Fire says scanner reports are indicating, “Per [Incident Commander,] 450 ac burning toward area of Weaverville Airport and Hwy 3 at this time. 30 to 45 min before Airport is expected to be impacted by the fire.” 

UPDATE 7:17 p.m.: Reports from readers indicating that some traffic is getting through. Pilot cars are escorting traffic.

UPDATE 7:08 p.m.: Two photos provided by Jim Irving who is stuck on Oregon Summit. The view is looking east.


UPDATE 7:05 p.m.: Smoke on the Satellite and radar. Image provided by the US National Weather Service.


UPDATE 7:01 p.m.: Caltrans says, State Route 299 is closed from three miles west of Weaverville to the Junction of State Route 3 in Weaverville.

UPDATE 6:43 p.m.: Aircraft fighting the Oregon Fire: 

From a reader.

UPDATE 6:39 p.m.: Trinity County Sheriff press release:

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a mandatory fire evacuations for the following Weaverville areas: 

Leslie Lane, Weaver Bally Rd, Weaver Bally Estates, Fisher Price Lane, Ridge Rd, Easter Avenue, Barbara Avenue, Garden Gulch, Browns Ranch Rd, Squires Lane, East Weaver Creek Rd, Airport Rd, Brooks Lane, Squires Lane. 

The Red Cross evacuation center is located at the Weaverville Elementary School.

UPDATE 6:34 p.m.: Cal Fire tweet:

Homes threatened by the fast growing fire.[Photo provided by a reader.]

UPDATE 6:27 p.m.: Map from here.

UPDATE 6:22 p.m.: Cal Fire is now saying 200 acres! Hwy 299 now closed.


Original post:

A fast growing blaze has blown up two miles west of Weaverville. The first report came at 4:25 today. Cal Fire says the burn (known as the Oregon Fire) is already 40 acres. CHP dispatch reports that a boat may have come off its trailer sending up a spark that started the incident. The dispatch also says that evacuation notice is going out to some residents in the area.

According to CHP, eastbound 299 is being closed at the Oregon Summit.

Smoke seen from the main street of Weaverville. [Photo provided by a reader.]