[UPDATE 8:30 p.m.] Day 13, Lightning Fires


Lassic Fire as seen from Blocksburg area. [Photo by Christina Lombardi]

For nearly two weeks, we’ve been keeping you abreast of the fire news. On this, the 13th day, we’ll be continuing our coverage. As we update each incident throughout the day, we’ll note the time the facts were posted so you can quickly see if there is something new on these incidents. Look for most recent general updates on the bottom but new information for individual fires are posted in the summaries below in blue.  (Newest maps of the fires here. Not yet updated today but they will be. ) Those that have expanded 20% or more will have their acreage burned in red bold type. 


Shiell Fire Tactical Firing Operation on the Fork Complex. [Photo from InciWeb]

Fork Complex (Trinty Pines and north to Hayfork):(Current as of 7 p.m. Tuesday) 24,866 acres burned and 24% contained. Structures Destroyed: Residences 8, other buildings 4, Firefighter injuries to date: 3, Total Personnel: 2,349. “Red Flag Warning in effect until 2000 hours tonight. Continued unstable conditions with a Haynes Index of 5 and slight chance of thunderstorms. Fire Weather Watch for Wednesday.” (More info here.)

  • Gasquet Fire: (Current as of 8:45 a.m.) 2288 acres burned and 20% containment. “Representatives from the Six Rivers National Forest and the Southern California Incident Management Team 2 will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Gasquet Ranger District. Everyone in the community is invited and welcome to attend. For those unable to attend the meeting go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/gasquet-complex to watch the meeting streaming live.” (More info here)
  • Humboldt Complex (Alderpoint and surroundings):(Current as of 7:20 p.m.) 4,696 acres burned and 60% contained. Structures Destroyed:  6 outbuildings. Firefighter injuries to date: 13, Total Personnel: 1,755. “Fire growth is not anticipated on the Blocksburg, Bluford, Dobbyn, Steelhead, Wildcat or Winchester Fires.” Note that the Pine Fire is not listed here. (More info here)
  • Jerusalem Fire (Lake County): (Current as of 7:30 p.m.) 14,000 acres burned and 5% containment. “Erratic winds are contributing to the increased fire activity and promoting high intensity runs with short range spotting…FURTHER EVACUATIONS FOR THE JERUSALEM VALLEY: A Mandatory Evacuation is issued for Morgan Valley Road from the Reiff Road intersection east to the Napa County Line, Reiff Road from the Morgan Valley Road intersection east to the Yolo County Line. ” The Middletown High School evacuation center will remain open.” (More info here.) Telephone number (707) 967-4208
  • Mad River Complex (Ruth Lake and Surroundings):(Current as of 8 p.m.) 19,963 acres burned and 40% contained. “The south end of the Lassic Fire crossed Bear Creek on Sunday. With a slope reversal, the fire made a significant uphill run with spotting ahead of it. On the north end, the fire is hung up in the Blanket Creek bottom but is expected to come out with an aggressive uphill run.” (More info here) Telephone number for the public information officer is 707-574-6289.
  • River Complex:(Current as of 8:05 p.m.) 21,072 burned and 12% contained. “The predicted winds did not materialize on the fire despite today’s red flag warning for high south winds…Moderate growth occurred on the southeast portion of the fire near Big Mountain. Fire progression in this area is expected to continue eastward. Firefighters are looking for opportunities to build contingency lines in this section of the fire…There will be a River Complex community meeting in Willow Creek tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Umpqua Bank, 39171 Hwy 299 (across from Ace Hardware)…Those unable to attend the meeting may view it on USTREAM at www.ustream.tv/channel/rivercomplex.” (More info here.) Telephone number for the public information officer 530-276-8559.
  • Rocky Fire (Lake County): (Current as of 7:10 p.m.) 69,636 acres burned and 88% contained, 43 residences, 53 outbuildings destroyed; 8 structures damaged.  “The Rocky Fire containment continues to grow and you may see several small flare ups within the interior. Steep and rugged terrain is making it difficult for firefighters to make access to various parts of the fire.” (More info here)  Telephone number for the public information officer is (707) 967-4207.
  • Route Complex (south and west of Hyampom and Buck Mt. area):(Current as of 7:50 a.m.) 25,832 acres burned and 18% contained. “Southerly winds are expected, which will bring more topography into alignment with the wind, thus increasing fire intensity.” (More info here.) Telephone number for the public information officer is 707-574-6865

    York Fire on the South Complex. [Photo from the InciWeb]

  • South Complex (north and west of Hyampom):(Current as of 8:00 p.m.) 15,131 acres burned and 13% containment. “A low pressure system off the coast of Oregon will bring more cumulus buildup throughout the next few days, resulting in lower temperatures and slightly breezier conditions.” (More info here)

Here’s our tools to keep you abreast of what’s happening:

Newest Info: 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 are two scanner feeds–one that will take you to Eureka/north coverage. The other that will take you to Eureka/south coverage.

Past Info: Reminder, at the bottom of this post under Earlier Chapters are links to our previous coverage. Much of it still very relevant. Particularly note our newest fire maps. (Not yet updated today.) We’ll be updating them throughout the day.

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UPDATE 11:56 a.m.: Firefighters are using the Humboldt State dorms to get some needed rest.

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