Shelter Cove Events
Paradise Ridge Fire several days ago
Diane Harper, resident of Shelter Cove, explains in detail what is happening in her area as a result of the lightning caused fire on Paradise Ridge in Humboldt county.
We have about 18 fire trucks from all over California with 10 bulldozers and 4 helicopters. The fire is about 4 miles from us and has burned 600 acres and is 25% contained. They were worried about the wind changing direction which could complicate things. They told us what we should be prepared for in case of evacuation. They also said they would be staying here until they were no longer needed and wouldn’t go to other locations that are also burning. That made us feel better to know they will stay no matter what. A lot of questions were asked and answered but many citizens were very stressed who live up above closer to the fire of course. If we were ever to be evacuated we could never leave by Shelter Cove Rd. We would all go down to the Lower Pacific Dr. which is where the light house is. I don’t think this will ever take place but we are nevertheless ready if it happens.
They are feeding about 65 firefighters at the community center every day and last night they were going to have crews working through the night. Oh, also, they have a fire line across one end and at one point the fire was jumping across in spots but those were all put out luckily.
They will have meetings every day at 5:00pm at the community center to update us on how things are progressing. Even with having that many engines here to put out structure fires they said that if the fire came into where all the houses are that that many trucks would not be a fraction of what they would need. That surprised me but they can only get a few here due to the fact there are other fires in the state that are also a concern. We are lucky to be at the lower end of the Cove and we would just have to hope for the best and not worry about the house!
…the fire is heading in the opposite direction of the Cove which is great! It is in an area that has very little structures near the fire. The few homes around there are in direct communication with the fire fighters and are safe for now. They said they have a few more trucks here but now the fires in Mendocino County are much worse than the Paradise fire. I’m sure you have heard that they have evacuated people from Leggett and some parts of Laytonville. They are also predicting high humidity in the next 24 hours which is a great help to us here. He mentioned that they are most likely staying through the week-end due to a weather report expecting some more lightning.:-( He said they have had reports claiming lightning is expected more inland and then another saying close to the coast. Who knows when and where they will hit.
We can still hear the helicopters in the distance and they are having great success retrieving the water from the ocean. They have brought in big trucks with fuel for the helicopters located at staging areas closer to the fire. I am amazed at how well they are managing things and we appreciate all they’re doing.
It was so cute, they begged us to help ourselves to the cookies on the table stating they had too many to eat and weren’t wanting to go home having gained 10 pounds.
Thanks Diane for keeping us updated!
Does anyone have any idea why the Leggett fire would be so understaffed that they are calling for volunteers and Shelter Cove has 18 engines just sitting there. I know the residents there are grateful but I don’t understand the priorities. Could it be because Shelter Cove is hard to exit and Leggett allows for safe evacuation?