[UPDATE 8:22 p.m.] Day 31: Lightning Fires…..Will They Ever End?

Firefighters crossing the South Fork of the Smith River. [Photo from the US Forest Service-Six Rivers National Forest's Facebook Page.]

Firefighters crossing the South Fork of the Smith River. [Photo from the US Forest Service-Six Rivers National Forest’s Facebook Page. Photo by Ed Tollefson.]

On July 30th, lightning spread fire like the plague through northern California. Today, as the fever begins to cool under a damp sky and some fires come close to total containment, we still continue to follow what is happening.

Like we have every day, we’ll keep checking on the fires and letting you know if something important happens. As we do, 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. 

  • Democrat Fire (west of Weaverville): (Current as of 6:45 p.m.) 128 acres and 100% contained. “100% contained.” (More information here.)Public Information Line: (530) 225-2510. Tomorrow, we’ll remove this fire from out list–and may this list get short quickly!
  • Horse Fire (northeast of Shelter Cove): (Current as of 7 a.m.) 146 acres  and 100% contained. Now completely contained. Tomorrow, we’ll remove this fire from out list–and may this list get short quickly! (More info here.) Fire Information Line: 925-588-9192
  • Fork Complex (Trinty Pines and north to Hayfork):(Current as of 6:30 p.m.) 36,499 acres burned and 97% contained. Structures Destroyed: Residences 8, other buildings 4, Firefighter injuries to date: 12, Total Personnel:269. “Fire behavior is expected to continue to be minimal as containment continues to be successful.” (More info here.) Fire Information Line: 530-628-0093
  • Gasquet Fire: (Current as of 7 p.m.23,868 acres burned and 30% containment. Total Personnel: 754. Injuries: 6.  “Tonight showers are expected after midnight, rainfall will be up to 1/4 inch by morning. Bear Fire – 7640 acres, 18% containment. Coon Fire 5,657 acres 97% Containment Peak Fire9663 acres 5% containment Feeder Fire – 898 acres 100% containment.” (More info here.)
  • Mad River Complex (Ruth Lake and Surroundings) Now Combined with the Route Complex -see below: (6 p.m.) 37,278 acres and 90% contained.  Personnel: 288. “The Lassic Fire continued to grow on the Eastern side towards the Gobbler Fire; however, fire activity was moderated by precipitation received overnight… The Gobbler and the Pickett are in patrol status. Lassic Fire (18,014 acres, 39% contained) (More info here)  Telephone number for the public information officer is 707-574-6289.
  • Nickowitz Fire (northern Humboldt/southern Del Norte):(Current as of 6:40 p.m. Not updated as of 8:15 a.m.) 6,631 acres and 55% contained. Total Personnel: 273. “With expected rain and increased humidity, main fire spread will be minimal to the southwest along Nickowitz Creek toward Barren Butte below the 13N01 road.”  (More info here) Phone: 530-627-3246. Estimated Containment Date:Tuesday September 15th.
  • River Complex:(Current as of 7:45 p.m.) 68,846 burned and 37% contained. Total Personnel: 479. Although conditions over the fire area have seen a warming and drying trend since this morning’s showers, fire behavior will remain diminished as a result of fuel moisture increase.” (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 6:15 p.m.) 35,674 acres burned and 96% contained. Structures destroyed: 2 outbuildings. Total Personnel: 657. Injury: 1. “Johnson Fire (33,782 acres, 71% contained)Fire activity was moderated by precipitation received overnight.” (More info here.) Telephone number for the public information officer is 707-574-6865Estimated containment: Tuesday September 01st, 2015.
  • South Complex (north and west of Hyampom):(Current as of 8 p.m.29,275 acres burned and 65% containment. Personnel: 461. Injuries: 3.  “There has been no growth in the fire in the last 48 hours.” (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, the National Weather Service, 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. 

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