UPDATES on Trinity Fires From John Fenley Dist. Five Supervisor of That County
Here’s the update on the Trinity County Fires as sent out from John Fenley Dist. Five Supervisor of that County:
By now I am sure you have heard that many of the north state has received lightning and is dealing with fire activity. Every forest in the north is battling fires.
Today we welcomed Norm Walker and his Type 2 team to the Mad River District to help out with all of our fires down there. Our in brief took place at 1800 at the Mad River District Office. I used that time to check in with our firefighters and community members. I personally toured the Ruth Lake area with our District Ranger Dan Dill and witnessed many hard working folks trying to protect the community down there. I was amazed at how much fire was visible from the highway and the district office. Many in the law enforcement community was assisting with traffic and evacuations. The air was filled with smoke and there was ash coming down everywhere. Even though the fire scene seemed dire…..I was inspired and encouraged to see the determination and effort that our multi-agency firefighting community was putting out. It was obvious that these folks are well trained and love their job. They are all heroes in my book.
I will share more info as I learn more……. Thanks.
[Here’s the info that was on the attachment.]
Fire News Release
Media Contact: Fire Information
530-226-2500 (8 am to 4:30 pm)
August 2, 2015, 8:00am
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
A community meeting will be held today, August 2, at 1pm at the Hayfork Community Church in Hayfork.
A community meeting will be held today, August 2, at 4pm in Hyampom, at the Volunteer Fire Department.
Fire management staff will provide operational updates and provide closure and evacuation information.
Current fire situation:
The Fork Complex consists of approximately 40 fires, all of which were ignited by lightning between July 29 and 31, 2015. Operational priorities are to provide for firefighter and public safety, provide community and infrastructure defense, and protect natural and cultural resources.
Most growth overnight was observed on the Rail Fire. Firefighters made progress overnight preparing structures and conducting burning operations for structure protection. The fire area experienced good humidity recovery overnight, and crews were able to take advantage of conditions to continue to scout and construct fire containment lines. Crews will continue today to prioritize structure protection around the affected communities. A Red Flag Watch (downgraded from a full Red Flag Warning this morning) has been issued for the fire area today for isolated thunderstorms, which could produce gusty and erratic winds. Temperatures are predicted to moderate in the coming days, with a chance of thunderstorms remaining in the forecast into next week.
Additional overhead has been ordered to more effectively manage the large number of fires in the area, and the Fork Complex will be split into three separate complexes. A Type I Incident Management Team (Oplinger) will assume command of the Fork Complex on Monday morning. The Fork Complex will now include the fires around Hayfork, including the Blue, Deer, Rail, Farmer, and Barker Fires (which will remain in Unified Command with CalFIRE.)
Another Type 2 Incident Management Team (Walker) will assume command of the fires around Hyampom, including the Pelleteau/ Pell/Pell2, Kerlin, and Gates fires.
As of 6A.M. on Monday, Northern California Interagency IMT 2 will take command of the South Complex which includes the Castle Fire, and all fires east of the South Fork of the Trinity River All firefighting resources associated with these will be based at the Hyanpon Airport.
Public meetings and information will be coordinated between all three of these large Complexes.
A Red Cross has established an evacuation center has been established at the Solid Rock Christian Church at the intersection of State Route 3 and Tule Creek Road in Hayfork. The Salvation Army is also offering water and meals to residents at the Church, whether or not they are staying at the evacuation center.
Evacuation areas listed more specifically; no additional evacuations have been issued.
Mandatory Evacuations* as of 6am on August 2 include residences along:
End of Kerlin Creek Road (Hyampom area) Skunk Ranch Area (Hyampom area) Manzanita Ranch Area (Hyampom area) Residences along Forest Roads 3N44 and 3N50 (Hyampom area) Underwood Mountain Road (Forest Road 5N60) and Forest Roads 4N09 and 4N24 (Hyampom area) Residences at Post Mountain Ranch Residences along Barker Creek Road
Morgan Hill Road from Pine Street to Kingsbury Gulch Road, including Kingsbury Road, Center Street, and Dirt Road.
Mill Gulch (Highway 3 north to Hayfork)
Kingsbury Gulch Road (Hayfork area)
Closures associated* with the fires as of 6am on August 2
State route 3 from State Route 36 to Hyampom Road
State Route 36 from the junction with State Route 3 to Post Mountain
State Route 3 south of the Hayfork Fairgrounds
All roads associated with the residences listed above
A Forest closure is anticipated for the fire areas. The forest closure will include all roads and land within the closure boundary. The closure will be posted when it is complete.