[UPDATE 9:03 p.m.] Lightning Fire Day 4

The Emerald Counties continue to battle some of the worst wildfires in our history. Nature isn’t helping though. Lots of lightning could be headed our way. Call 911 if you spot a blaze without fire crews on site.

Here’s what the National Weather Service tweeted this morning. (Stay updated with tweets from our area, including some of the latest news from the fires, on the tweet feed embedded in our site. Scroll down.)


Here’s what we know about the Humboldt Lightning Fires:

Many of the residents of the little village of Blocksburg (see photo of the town below) spent the night watching the fires around them. Cal Fire had burned a backfire up Conley Creek to help protect the town.


Blocksburg in the haze of yesterday’s smoke. [Photo by Kristin Windbigler]

Kristin Windbigler was one of the residents who spent the night watching the flames around her town. She wrote,

This morning I can see flames back behind the cemetery on the South Kneeland, but I think there are ground crews over there to fight them. I can also hear trees collapsing. I am hesitant to say the strategy worked because it’s been so hard to understand what’s going on the past few days, but I think the situation seems improved? Keep your fingers crossed for us.

Tony, the Raider-loving firefighter who is stationed in Blocksburg, was manning the pump on the backfiring done to protect the small town. Here’s what he tweeted,


The Rocky Fire in Lake County is expanding quickly. Mike McGuire, our State Senator, tweeted this,


Here’s news from the Fork Fire in Trinity County:

There will be two public community meetings held today, 08/02/2015 in Hayfork and Hyampom.
The first public community meeting will be held at the Hayfork Community Church at 1:00pm. The church is located at 7450 Highway 3 in Hayfork.
The second public meeting will be held at Hyampom Volunteer Fire Hall in Hyampom at 4:00pm.

Go here for more on the Fork Fire

Road Closures: Hwy 36 is closed from the Humboldt/Trinity County line to the Junction of State Route 3 in Susanville due to the wildfires.

road closures

Red triangles show where the roads are closed. [Information from Caltrans here]


Here’s what we know about the MENDOCINO Fires

UPDATE 9:05 a.m.: 

Click on this link for an update on the Trinity County Fires.

UPDATE 9:50 a.m.:

Looking for ways to understand where the fires are located. Here’s an excellent map tool to look closely at where individual fires are in relation to landmarks and a very simple explanation of how to use it. 

UPDATE 10:02 a.m.:


Terri Klemetson from KMUD attended this morning’s briefing at Blocksburg and shared with us the following information:

The Humboldt Lightning Complex fires burning in southern Humboldt have consumed approximately 2,300 acres, that’s according to Incident Commander Tom Nix as of this Sunday morning’s 7 am briefing.

Firefighters will continue to mop of 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.

Meanwhile, 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.tk1

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.




Now you can listen to the interview:

UPDATE 10:35 a.m.:  Want to help?  Here’s a page that has sprung up in support of the firefighter’s and the communities affected by the incidents:

UPDATE 10:57 a.m.: Click this link to watch Cal Fire describing the dire situation facing the town of Blocksburg yesterday.


UPDATE 1:01 p.m.: The Mad River Complex information has just been updated. The map is below. Click here to read.


UPDATE 1:16 p.m.: The latest information on the fires threatening Denny. The map is below.

Click here to read and see a larger version of the map.


UPDATE 2:09 p.m.: Scanner traffic says, two new fires. One unclear where. One in East Benbow. Bottom of Tooby Ranch. The fire crews are trying to get a helicopter. The Benbow is called 1-66 if you are listening on the scanner.

UPDATE 3:21 p.m.:

UPDATE 9:03 p.m.:

Press release provided by the Trinity County Sheriff:

TCSOAs  a result of extreme fire danger and evacuation 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 & Road 47 are closed due to fire activity.


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