[UPDATE 10:08 p.m.] Structure Fire Burning Into Vegetation East of Garberville

scannerAccording to scanner traffic at approximately 5:30 p.m., there is a confirmed structure fire out Alderpoint Road which is spreading into the surrounding vegetation. We haven’t been able to determine location yet.

UPDATE 5:58 p.m.: The fire is reported to be on Little Buck Mountain Road. According to the scanner, the structure is fully involved.

UPDATE 6:22 p.m.: According to the scanner, at least one structure and several vehicles lost. Five acres and not contained. But there are currently three fires being fought in Humboldt County. One at Bear River near Ferndale, one at Little Buck Mountain and one at Shelter Cove. It is difficult to determine which scanner traffic goes with which fire.

UPDATE 6:31 p.m.: Photo shows tanker near top of image. Smoke on the horizon.


UPDATE 6:44 p.m.: 


Buck Incident as seen from Salmon Creek.

Update 6:53 p.m.: Photo from reader Jayded.


UPDATE 7:17 p.m.: Cal Fire spokesperson Laura Coleman is asking all individuals on Little Buck Mountain Road to “Stay very vigilant. Get your stuff packed in your cars and ready to go.” Please be aware of fire traffic as large equipment is moving on the road.

UPDATE 7:42 p.m.: Cal Fire spokesperson Laura Coleman writes, The fire is 25 acres with a “potential 50 acres; 2 structures lost; multiple vehicles lost.”

UPDATE 7:48 p.m.: More photos

buck3 buck2 buck1UPDATE 8:33 p.m.:  Scanner traffic is now saying this fire is covering thirty-five acres. Below is an aerial photo from Cal Fire:

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UPDATE 8:42 p.m.: Screen grab of a map of the approximate area covered by the Buck Incident provided by Cal Fire. According to Laura Coleman the fire is burning south to southeast.

mapUPDATE 9:58 p.m.: Laura Coleman from Cal Fire tells us that the Little Buck Mt. Fire “isn’t growing but it isn’t contained.” There are close to 200 personnel battling the blaze overnight, she explained. “They are aggressively suppressing the fire but it is not contained.” Extra water tenders and strike teams are being brought to fight the flames, she said.

Residents should “stay extremely vigilant” tonight, Coleman warned. She asks that people in the area have their vehicles packed and ready for evacuation. “If they are asked to evacuate, they need to do that,” she stated.

Coleman said that Cal Fire had “a lot of helpful people” call in with gate combos and information. This allowed her agency to concentrate on getting to the fire. Unfortunately, a few locks had to be cut.




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