[UPDATE 8/15] New Fire Erupts Near Bull Creek and Women’s Federation Grove


Photo from Cal Fire Battalion Chief Kurt Dernedde

Fire crews are battling a new fire in Southern Humboldt this afternoon.

Cal Fire Spokesperson Laura Coleman writes:

The Bull Incident: ¼ acre off Bull Creek Road also can be accessed by Women’s Federation Grove off of HWY 245; ¼ acre; ground and air resources committed.

Here are some tweets about the incident:

We’ll update this post when we have more information.

Update 3:16 p.m.: Cal Fire personnel are telling us they have requested “another type 2 helicopter with crew.” Here’s another photo provided by Cal Fire.

UPDATE 3:42 p.m.: Cal Fire says the fire has now expanded to 2 acres.

Chris Carroll of Timberland Resource Consultants says he discovered flames about 2 p.m. “I was on the hiking trail [near] the mouth of Bull Creek when I saw it,” he said. He ran down to the Eel River and “hollared across for help.”

Then, he says, he ran back. “At that point [the fire] had got into a snag…The big snag was shooting embers everywhere.” He tried to stomp out the flames and make a fire line but the flames kept growing.

Not long afterwards a Cal Fire plane dropped retardant that missed the fire, he said. “It was like War of the Worlds. The sky was dripping red.”

Not long afterwards a Cal Fire crew showed up. “Thank God, those guys got there so fast,” he said. Currently, Carroll said he saw a helicopter dipping out water, five engines as well as several transport vans for inmates.

UPDATE 4:08 p.m.: 

Helicopter fighting the fire. [Photo provided by a reader.]

Helicopter fighting the fire. [Photo provided by a reader.]

UPDATE 6:05 p.m.: Cal Fire spokesperson Laura Coleman reports that the fire is contained. Helicopters “are still helping” but the fire is no longer advancing.  Coleman is waiting on final acreage.


[Photo provided by a reader.]

UPDATE 6:23 p.m.: Chatter on the scanner indicates that two crews and two engines are being left on site.

UPDATE 7:22 p.m.: More photos from readers.

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UPDATE 8/15: The final count was 2.5 acres burned. The cause is still under investigation but Laura Coleman said that it wasn’t caused by power lines or lightning. She said it was “possibly human caused” but her agency is still investigating.



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