Lightning Ignites more than 100 Fires in Humboldt/Mendocino
Smoke from fire extinguished yesterday
CAL FIRE INCIDENTS summary
Normally each incident is reported separately on this site but the numerous amounts overwhelmed both the fire fighters and the incident collectors. Thus, the fires are all grouped by county.
Summary of Fires by Unit
Siskiyou Unit: 8 fires reporting minor acreage
Humboldt Unit: 50 fires for more than 200 acres
Mendicino Unit: 60 fires mapped, more than 30 additional observed; fires range in size from 1-125 acres
San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit: 15 fires up to 2 acres in size
Amador-El Dorado Unit:8 fires for approximately 75 acres
Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit: 7 fires all less than 1 acre each
Butte Unit: 21 fires for a total of over 60 acres. Butte County Sheriff’s department is effecting a Precautionary Evacuation Advisory for the Lake Concow Area for a lighting fire in excess of 100 acres burning off of Rim Rd. (Also referred to as Andy Mountain Rd.) in the Concow area. The American Red Cross is setting up an evacuation shelter at the Spring Valley School at 2771 Pentz Rd. off of Hwy 70. There are four road closures in effect: Concow Rd. from Yellow Wood Rd. north to the end of the pavement on Concow Rd, Concow Rd. from Nelson Bar to end of pavement, Rim Rd. (also known as Andy Mtn. Rd) from Hwy 70 to end of Rim Rd., Deadwood from Hwy 70 to Concow Rd.
Tehama-Glen Unit: 34 fires for a total of 550 acres.
Shasta-Trinity Unit: 62 fires up to 50 acres in size.
Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit: 5 fires with 4 contained and one burning near Napa West of Fairfield at 300 acres.
Lassen-Modoc Unit: 27 fires for a total of 25 acres.
Tuolumne-Calavares Unit: 15 fires for a total of 140 acres.
Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit:15 fires reported
The Cunningham Complex (5 fires total) are burning 3,150 acres total, the Stumpfield Fire is burning 2 acres, the Indian Peak Fire is burning 60 acres, and the Oliver Fire is burning in the Sequoia National Forest. The Sequoia National Forest has reported 25 fires.
Now might be a good time to do that weed whacking you were thinking about!
UPDATE: Humboldt – Del Norte Unit: 50 fires for more than 200 acres. The Paradise Fire is Northeast of Shelter Cove and is 500 acres and 5% contained, The Redcrest Fire is 30 acres, the High Fire is in Humboldt Redwood State Park with unknown acreage or containment, the Carson Fire is 40 acres and 50% contained, the Hansen Fire is 2 acres with unknown containment, the Williams Fire is 25 acres and 50% contained, In the BLM Headwaters Forest there are three additional small fires burning.
Mendicino Unit: 90 fires have been reported for a total of more than 5,000 acres. The Orr Fire is 200 acres and has evacuations of the Orr Springs Resort and 20 homes in the area, the Navarro Fire is 1,400 acres and 5% contained, the Foster Fire is 60 acres with 0% containment, the Table Mtn. Fire is 1,000 acres and 5% contained, the Mallo Pass Fire is 600 acres, and the Juan Creek fires (2)are at 100 acres each. There are 8 additional fires at 30 acres each.
STORIES in the Media:
Eureka Reporter: “2,000 cloud-to-ground lighting strikes”
Times Standard: “No injuries have been reported and no structures have been affected.”
Willits News: “resources have been scarce because of the high number of fires in the area.”
Ukiah Daily Journal: “a PG and E worker on the way to one of the fires said several electrical transformers had been hit during the storm.”
Thanks to Matt Stark, local fire crew member for pointing me to the Cal Fire link.