[UPDATE 10:48 p.m.] Day 5: Lightning Fires


Flag flies in the smoke of the Humboldt Lightning Fires. [Photo by LaDonna Auxier]

As smoke and fog blanket much of Humboldt County, residents wonder how much burned overnight? are the neighbors okay? where are the firefighters? What is happening? And we’ll be updating you as fast as possible with information.

First, at the bottom under Earlier Chapters are links to our previous coverage. Much of it still very relevant. Particularly note our newest fire maps.

Next, the twitter feed near the bottom right of our home page is continuously updated with the latest tweets from Cal Fire, other local news organizations, weather, etc.

Above that is a scanner feed that will take you to Eureka and north coverage. Later today we hope to have one that takes you to Eureka and south. Meanwhile, you can follow the Eureka and south coverage here. (Just click the little arrow below the 00:00 in the black box.)

UPDATE 9:40 a.m.: Smoke covers much of the Emerald homelands.

UPDATE 9:41 a.m: Here’s the short and sweet on the Humboldt Fires:

UPDATE 9:42 a.m.: Good news on the Mendocino Lightning Fires!

UPDATE 9:43 a.m.: The news continues to be very bad near Ruth Lake.

UPDATE 9:45 a.m.: The Lake County Rocky Fire news continues to be bleak.

UPDATE 10:03 a.m.: KMUD brings us the latest information from this morning’s briefing with Cal Fire. (Have donated lately to KMUD? Remember, they have your back!)

UPDATE 11:08 a.m.: Road Update from Caltrans’ Quick Maps:

Hwy 36 is still closed at the Humboldt County line to just west of the Wildwood Road in Trinity County.

Hwy 3 is closed at Morgan Hill Road to Jct 36 in Trinity County.

Hwy 299 is open but is reduced to one lane at Buckhorn Summit in Shasta County for construction and emergency storm repair. One-way traffic control is in effect Monday – Saturday from 3:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should expect delays of 30 minutes.

Here’s the updates on Hwy 20 from Caltrans (Click on photos to enlarge:)

UPDATE 11:46 a.m.: Three places you can donate to help local firefighters–2 Dye 4 Designs and Four Mori  in Myers Flat, as well as the Channel 3 News parking lot today. More details here.

UPDATE 12:53 p.m.: Folks on the front lines of the fire, here’s some news about your mail from Southern Trinity Area Rescue, the stars of taking care of your emergency needs (Donated to them lately? They could use some help and they’re helping your community all the time:)

Mail is being delivered as of today to Van Duzen Rd. and up to the Mad River Post Office. You can access your P.O. Boxes as usual.

Mail for Lower Mad River Rd. will be at the M.R. Post Office. You can get your mail when someone is there, however, that will only be a brief time around 11:30-12:00 until the situation changes. We will post the time the mail will be there tomorrow (Tuesday 8/4) as soon as we know, tomorrow morning.
As of right now we do not know what is happening with the Ruth mail. Will update as that information becomes available.

UPDATE 1:22 p.m.: Gasquet airfield closed to non-fire related flights as of this morning at 8:30 a.m. See more here.

UPDATE 1:34 p.m.: Trinity Fair is cancelled. More at the LoCO here.

UPDATE 3:14 p.m.:

UPDATE 4:44 p.m.:

UPDATE 6:22 p.m.:

Evacuation advisory lifted for Blocksburg. Go here for more.

Mandatory Evacuations Requested for Denny, Dailey, Hoboken and Bell Flat Areas. Click here for more.

UPDATE 6:35 p.m.:

UPDATE 10:48 p.m.: More on the Trinity Area from the Trinity CO. Sheriff’s Office:

Road Closure Update:

There is a hard closure on Van Duzen Rd from the Van Duzen Dump to the intersection of Van Duzen Rd and the Ruth/Zenia Rd.

There have been no changes regarding evacuation orders in the area. (Advisory Notice Only)

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