[UPDATE 7:32 p.m.] Another New Fire: Shelter Cove
At roughly 9:15 a.m. this morning, a fire was reported in the Blue Ridge Road area of Shelter Cove. KMUD’s Terri Klemetson alerted us to the situation. With drought conditions, we’ve seen how fast these fires can spread.
An engine from the Horse Fire is being sent to assist.
UPDATE 9:38 a.m.: The fire is in the 300 block of Blueridge Road. The Sheriff’s Office has been requested to assist as a resident is interfering with firefighting operations.
UPDATE 9:53 a.m.: Scanner traffic indicates the fire is 1/4 acre. One structure was threatened but the “threat has been mitigated.”
UPDATE 3:32 p.m.: Shelter Cove Fire reports that the blaze was a little over a 1/2 acre. There was an immediate threat to several structures in the area. Horse Fire has a structure group in Shelter Cove that assisted in the fire response. Crews were able to contain the fire without structures being damaged. The weather conditions (fog) helped keep the fire from spreading too rapidly.
UPDATE 7:32 p.m.: We contacted Cheryl Anthony from Shelter Cove fire to get the final word on what happened. Anthony explained that it took three to four hours to put out the fire and crews are still checking on it to make sure it stays out. Anthony said that the fire occurred at an illegal grow which was situated near a two story illegal structure and greenhouse. However, Anthony said that her crew does not know of any resident interfering with the firefighters. She called it a “radio rumor.”
The firefighters there who are supporting the Cal Fire team on the Horse Fire wanted to express appreciation for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).”There are CERT teams all over the country but our team is number one,” Anthony said. The team supports the firefighters doing everything from cooking hot meals to directing traffic and using the radio. “They’re all people that live here in Shelter Cove,” Anthony said. “They’ve all gone through the CERT course at Humboldt State… We are so grateful to them.”