[UPDATE 9:51 p.m.] Day 15: Lightning Fires
- Fork Complex (Trinty Pines and north to Hayfork):(Current as of 8:15 p.m. ) 28,736 acres burned and 26% contained. Structures Destroyed: Residences 8, other buildings 4, Firefighter injuries to date: 3, Total Personnel: 2,394. “Winds shifting to West-Northwest with gusts up to 20 mph in aligned drainages late in the afternoon on Thursday.” (More info here.)
- Gasquet Fire: (Current as of 8:45 p.m.) 2693 acres burned and 25% containment. “Improved morning conditions led to a longer burn period. Increasing humidities in the afternoon slowed down the fires. Fires continue to actively back into surrounding drainages. Short uphill runs and consumption of interior islands led to single tree torching in multiple locations.” (More info here)
- 4,879 acres burned and 70% contained. Structures Destroyed: 6 outbuildings. Firefighter injuries to date: 14, Total Personnel: 1,728. “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) Humboldt Complex (Alderpoint and surroundings):(Current as of 6:30 p.m.)
- 24,000 acres burned and 50% containment. “The fire is burning in heavy vegetation and the lack of improved roads continue to hamper fire suppression efforts. ” (More info here.) Telephone number (707) 967-4208 Jerusalem Fire (Lake County): (Current as of 7:16 p.m.)
- Mad River Complex (Ruth Lake and Surroundings):(Current as of 8 p.m.) 21,278 acres burned and 50% contained. Estimated Cost to Date: $16.5 million Injuries: 4 Total Personnel: 1,221 Structures Destroyed: 2 residences, 2 outbuildings. “Personnel from the Mad River Complex made contact with CalFire personnel to the west of the Lassic Fire to coordinate efforts and establish communications plans. Evacuation orders are being evaluated for possible repopulation in the near future.” (More info here) Telephone number for the public information officer is 707-574-6289.
- River Complex:(Current as of 9:33 p.m.) 28,592 burned and 18% contained. “There will be a South Complex community meeting Friday, August 14, 6:00 p.m. at the Burnt Ranch School with Northern California Team 2. We will discuss the South and fires in the surrounding area.For questions or more information on this meeting call the River Complex information center at (530) 628-0093.” (More info here.) Telephone number for the public information officer 530-276-8559. Estimated containment: October 01st, 2015
- Rocky Fire (Lake County): (Current as of 7 a.m.) 69,438 acres burned (acreage changed but time of posting wasn’t updated) and 95% contained, 43 residences, 53 outbuildings destroyed; 8 structures damaged. “There are still isolated pockets of smoldering fuel deep within the interior of the burn with minimal fire activity near the perimeter. Resources will continue to construct line, mop up hot spots and patrol the line for several days.” (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 7:45 p.m.) 26,571 acres burned and 27% contained. “On the Johnson Fire crews continued burnout operations along the southern edge while additional crews made progress improving dozer line along the western perimeter. Last night’s burnout operation along a portion of the eastern flank went well, and crews continue to cool that line with mop-up operations.The Buck and Chance Fires are in the final stages of mop up and are expected to move into patrol status tomorrow.” (More info here.) Telephone number for the public information officer is 707-574-6865.
- 16,554 acres burned and 20% containment. “A public meeting will be held in Hyampom at the Hyampom VFD at 4pm on Friday, August 14. A public meeting will be held in Burnt Ranch at the Burnt Ranch School at 6pm on Friday, August 14.” (More info here) South Complex (north and west of Hyampom):(Current as of 8:40 p.m.)
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UPDATE 9:40 a.m.: Trinity County has issued more mandatory evacuations and road closures. Click here for the latest information.
UPDATE 10:05 a.m.: Trinity County has concerns about air quality. View the information here.
UPDATE 11:02 a.m.: Evacuations and road closure information for Trinity County has been updated here.
UPDATE 11:34 p.m.: Trinity County says you could get a property tax break if you were hit by the fires. See below.
California has a “Calamity” program for any property that has exceeded $10,000 in damages through no fault of the property owner. This program allows the County Assessor to reduce the assessed value of the property that was damaged and could lower the property tax liability. If you or anyone you know, could benefit from this program, contact the Trinity County Assessor’s office at (530) 623-1257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE 12:41 p.m.: Neighbors talk about fighting the Trinity Pines Fire.
UPDATE 12:50 p.m.: Gusty winds forecast after calmer fires last night.
Fire behavior was less active last night on most of the area wildfires. Not likely to continue-gusty winds forecast. pic.twitter.com/UowTz1BBDa
— Shasta-Trinity NF (@ShastaTrinityNF) August 13, 2015
UPDATE 5:35 p.m: Trinity County evacuations and road closures updated again. Click for more information.
UPDATE 5:36 p.m.: Cool tweet showing where firefolks on the South Complex come from.
— Shasta-Trinity NF (@ShastaTrinityNF) August 14, 2015
UPDATE 5:39 p.m.: Gasquet fire.
— Six Rivers NF (@SixRiversNF) August 13, 2015
UPDATE 5:53 p.m.:
Another reason to stay off roads that are closed due to fires. The tree slid down the hill and across Denny Road. pic.twitter.com/wPmBtNQQiw
— Trinity County DOT (@TrinityDOT) August 14, 2015
- Traffic at a Standstill
- Willits Fires Caused by Rogue Lightning, More Lightning in Southeastern Trinity
- Day One: Lightning Fires
- Day Two:
- Brown Declares State of Emergency as Wildfires in Humboldt/Trinity Tax an Already Stressed System
- Lightning Fire Maps
- Day Three
- How Bad Are the Fires? Listen to This Short Video From Yesterday’s Fire Meeting
- Crews Firing Conley Creek Drainage Near Blocksburg
- Day Four (August 2)
- UPDATES on Trinity Fires From John Fenley Dist. Five Supervisor of That County
- Valuable Map Tool for Looking at the Fires
- How Bad Are the Fires? Listen to This Short Video From Yesterday’s Fire Meeting
- Trinity Evacuations
- Firefighter Injured
- New Fire Benbow Vineyard
- Smoke Update Trinity County 8/2
- Saving Highway 36
- New Road Closures in Trinity County Affect Evacuation Routes
- Southern Humboldt Fire Updates and Photos
- These Are The Detailed Fire Maps You’ve Been Waiting For!
- Day Five
- Can You Donate to Help Local Firefighters?
- Humboldt People Rock
- Gasquet Airfield Closed to Private Flights in Order to Accommodate Fire Traffic
- Good News, Blocksburg, Evacuation Advisory Lifted
- [UPDATE 6:05 p.m. Summary of Trinity Evacuations] Mandatory Evacuations Requested for Denny, Dailey, Hoboken and Bell Flat Areas
- Day Six
- We’ve Got Updated Fire Maps for You
- Air Qualtiy Advisory
- KRCRTV Talks to Post Mountain Volunteer Firefighters About Residents’ Complaints
- Lots of New Fire Maps Now Available
- Day 7
- More Mandatory Evacuations in Trinity County
- Precautionary Evacutioons Issued for Humboldt County
- Overview of the Fires in Six Rivers National Forest
- Spot Fire Today: A Look at the Run Up Big Mountain
- Your Fire Maps 8/6/15
- Day 8 (August 6)
- Trinity County Sheriff Releases Updated Evacuation Information
- Sooo….Someone Stole Equipment From Firefighters……..
- Video From the Front Line of the Pine Fire
- Day 9
- YOUR FIRE MAPS 8/7/15
- Awww, Even Emerald Country Does Like Helicopters Now….
- [UPDATE 7 p.m.] Trinity County Sheriff Issues Updated Evacuation Information as of 8/7
- A Guide to Firefighters: Locals and Those From Far Away (Can You Believe We Have a Crew From Puerto Rico Here?)
- Weary Firefighters Bunking at HSU
- YOUR FIRE MAPS 8/8/15
- Day 10: Lightning Fires
- Smoke Conditions Across the Emerald Counties
- Latest Trinity County Evacuations 9 p.m. August 8
- Day 10 Lightning Fires
- YOUR FIRE MAPS 8/9/15
- Evacuation Updates From Trinity County on August 9
- Local Motorcycle Group Pitches in to Help Firefighters and Fire Victims, How You Can Donate
- YOUR FIRE MAPS 8/10/15
- Day 12: A Dozen Days After the Lightning Fires Began
- Aww! Three Generations of Firefighters on the Humboldt Complex
- Trinity County Evacuations as of August 10
- ‘Walking Where the Devil Dances:’ A Local Firefighter Writes About Fighting the Fires Day After Weary Day
- Lassic Fire, West of Ruth, Expanded Today
- Breaking News: Inmate Firefighter Seriously Injured on Humboldt Complex
- HCSO Would Like to Remind Humboldt of Precautionary Evacuations
- YOUR FIRE MAPS 8/11/15
- Evacuations and Road Information From Trinity County of August 11
- YOUR FIRE MAPS 8/12/15
- Day 13
- A Silent Witness: Dissecting a Fire
- Air Tanker Made Emergency Landing at Rohnerville Airport
- Day 14: Two Weeks After the Lightning Fires Started
- YOUR FIRE MAPS 8/13/15
- Day 15: Lightning Fires