[UPDATE 8:40 p.m.] Day 23: Lightning Fires
As we update each incident until late evening, we’ll note the time the facts were posted so you can quickly see if there is something new. Look for the most recent general updates on the bottom but new information for individual fires is posted in the summaries below in blue. (Newest maps of the fires here.) Those that have expanded 20% or more will have their acreage in red bold type.
- Horse Fire (northeast of Shelter Cove): (Current as of 6:30 p.m.) 137 acres and 15% contained. (Better mapping dropped the total acreage) Total Fire Personnel: 791. “The fire is burning in steep rugged terrain with limited ground access for fire crews. Resources will continue to construct fire line over night with hand crews and bulldozers in accessible areas. Fuels are at critical levels and are burning in the same pattern as the Saddle fire of 1988. …Motorists need to please drive cautiously while driving near the fire area where heavy equipment and fire engines are traveling to and from the fire.” (More info here.) Fire Information Line: 925-588-9192
- Fork Complex (Trinty Pines and north to Hayfork):(Current as of 8:05 p.m.) 36,473 acres burned and 73% contained. Structures Destroyed: Residences 8, other buildings 4, Firefighter injuries to date: 12, Total Personnel: 2150. “The Shiell Fire continues to slowly advance east into the Chanchelulla Wilderness. Existing containment lines are being reinforced along roads near the Wilderness’ north and east boundaries. Additional containment lines are being scouted and will be constructed to contain the Fire within the Wilderness using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST). The anticipated slow eastward movement of the fire should allow firefighters adequate time to complete new lines..” (More info here.)
- Gasquet Fire: (Current as of 7:15 p.m.) 12,841 acres burned and 17% containment. Total Personnel: 778. Injuries: 5. “Increased activity and large growth present on the Bear and Coon fires.” (More info here)
- Humboldt Complex (Alderpoint and surroundings):(Current as of 7:15 p.m. on 19th) 4,883 acres burned and100% contained. Structures Destroyed: 1 residence, 6 outbuildings. Firefighter injuries to date: 14, Total Personnel:1,392. “Currently, no additional fire growth is anticipated. (More info here)
- Mad River Complex (Ruth Lake and Surroundings) Now Combined with the Route Complex -see below: (8:25 p.m.) 31,190 acres and 65% contained (More info here) “Hwy 36 has reopened…The Lassic Fire continues to spread to the west and south.” Telephone number for the public information officer is 707-574-6289. Also check out our maps, photos and measurements by clicking here.
- 7 p.m.) 4,922 acres and 53% contained. Total Personnel: 432. ”The inversion is expected to settle back in early in the evening with areas of smoke once again settling in.” (More info here) Phone: 530-627-3246. Nickowitz Fire (northern Humboldt/southern Del Norte):(Current as of
- River Complex:(Current as of 8 p.m.) 50,424 burned and 22% contained. Total Personnel: 675. “Fire operations were hampered by smoke today as the inversion failed to lift. An unexpected rock slide limited access to the Denny area. Fire crews in Denny were unable to complete their firing operations due to these access issues, but are expected to be completed tomorrow morning.The fire continued to push to the southeast towards the communities in the Del Loma area along Highway 299. A spot fire near French Creek was contained by fire crews, and is in patrol status. A contingency line is being proposed along the east side of Pelletreau Creek to Highway 299 to check the fire’s easterly spread.Due to the fire’s movement to the southeast a voluntary evacuation has been issued by the Trinity County Sheriff for residents on Forest Roads 5N32 (Prairie Creek Road), 5N13 (French Creek Road) and 5N04 (Big Mountain Road). This order became effective at 3 p,m. Friday, August 21.Wind gusts up to 20 mph are expected tonight and will challenge containment operations..” (More info here.) Telephone number for the public information officer 530-276-8559. Estimated containment: October 01st, 2015
- Route Complex (south and west of Hyampom and Buck Mt. area) Now Combined with the Mad River Complex:(Current as of 8 p.m.) 34,543 acres burned and 35% contained. Structures destroyed: 2 outbuildings. Total Personnel: 920. Injury: 1. “” (More info here.) Telephone number for the public information officer is 707-574-6865. In addition more information here states, “Incident is expected to see active fire behaviors. “
- South Complex (north and west of Hyampom):(Current as of 8:10 p.m.) 23,565 acres burned and 50% containment. Personnel: 1031. “ Today the inversion remained in place, preventing the use of aircraft but also moderating fire spread. ” (More info here)
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UPDATE 8:55 a.m.: Here a great spot for smoke information. Or here’s a quick summary below.
— Shasta-Trinity NF (@ShastaTrinityNF) August 21, 2015
UPDATE 9:05 a.m.: DENNY ROAD OPENING (TO RESIDENTS ONLY) TODAY, JUST TO NOBLE RANCH (LOWER DAILEY RANCH) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.–travel only allowed between those times. People have to have IDs with them and be on the list that has been made up. (If you are not on the list but are a resident, it doesn’t mean you can’t go in–but it might take some phone calls to the Sheriffs Dept. This is Stage One–Stage Two where more of the road will be opened, may be several days away depending upon the fire activity. During the time each day the road is open, a crew with a chain saw will be patrolling to cut downed trees and remove debris. [Also, be aware that trees still might fall.]
UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: From cold to hot–firefighters deal with extreme temperatures and tough conditions. The photo below shows crew members riding in the back of truck on the way to fight fire.
Photographer Gary Robertson said, this was “taken about 7:30 this morning (Aug. 21) about three miles south of Hayfork on Highway 3 – morning deploy – were going in the direction of Highway 36. Had to be chilly riding in the open truck – temperature in the 40s – and with moving wind chill.”
UPDATE 10:22 a.m.: Current Trinity County evacuation and road information. Click here.
UPDATE 10:35 a.m.: Terri Klemetson from KMUD rolls out the latest information on the Horse Fire (better than expected–better mapping shows the acreage is smaller.) Lassic, however, grew 1100 acres. (Closer to two square miles than is comfortable.)
UPDATE 10:42 a.m.: We received a report of “convoys and equipment heading out Briceland road” around 8:30 a.m. Remember, to drive extra slowly on roads with extra traffic. Be careful.
UPDATE 2:05 a.m.: Hwy 36 is open!
TRAFFIC UPDATE: SR 36 in Trinity County is OPEN.
— Caltrans District 2 (@CaltransD2) August 21, 2015
UPDATE 2:06 p.m.: A short story to make you smile:
Terri Klemetson from KMUD told us that when she was at the Farmers Market today, a group of firefighters walked in and the crowd spontaneously started clapping. Aww!
UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: Smoke bothering you? Clean air centers are opening in Humboldt. Click here for more information.
- 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 Quality 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
- Unhealthy Air Found in Areas of Trinity County
- Trinity County Evacuations and Road Closure Information as of August 13
- Latest on Evacuations and Road Closures for Trinity County
- Day 16: Lightning Fires
- YOUR FIRE MAPS 8/15/15
- Day 17: Lighting Fires
- YOUR FIRE MAPS 8/15/15
- Lost Horses Seek Out Firefighters
- As the Fires Grow: Map Gifs of the River, Route, South and Mad River Complexes
- A Dubious Distinction: River Complex Now Largest This Year in California’s USFS Lands
- YOUR FIRE MAPS 8/16/15
- Day 18
- Current Information on Evacuations and Road Closures Per Trinity County Sheriff
- Day 19: Lightning Fires
- Lassic Fire Bursting Seams, Sheriff Evacuating Residences Now
- YOUR FIRE MAPS 8/18/15
- [UPDATE 10:20 p.m.] Day 20: Lightning Fires
- The Latest Information on Road Closures and Evacuations From Trinity County
- Day 21: Lightning Fires
- YOUR FIRE MAPS 8/19/15
- YOUR FIRE MAPS 8/20/15
- Horse Fire: Day Three
- Day 22: Lightning Fires
- National Geographic Profiles Firefighters Near Hayfork
- Animated Maps as the Lassic Fire Swallows Miles of Forest Land
- [UPDATE 12:06 a.m.] Lassic Fire Flashing and Flaring in the Night Sky
- Under Hot, Dry Conditions, Lassic Fire Throws Huge Plume of Smoke as it Expands South and East
- YOUR FIRE MAPS 8/21/15