[UPDATE 10:25 p.m.] Day 33: Lightning Fires–We’re Smoked Out, Tired Out, and, Worst of All, Burned Out

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Hose pulled from cooling fires. [Photo from Northern California Team 2’s Facebook page.]

Over a month of fires…

The Emerald Counties are smoked out, tired out, and, sadly, sometimes burned out. Flames swept through the Trinity Pines area with particular vengeance. We’ll be looking at what happened there in the next week. If you have any other areas that you think need to be looked at, please let us know (email mskymkemp@gmail.com)

Like we have every day though, we’ll keep checking on the burning 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. 

  • Fork Complex (Trinty Pines and north to Hayfork):(Current as of 6:30 p.m. on August 30. Not updated as of 10 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 8 p.m.) 28,614 acres burned and 39% containment. Total Personnel: 756. Injuries: 6.  “Percipitation had moved into fire area with measurable amounts of up to 2 inches that suppressed fire activity. Good recovery in the lighter fuels and moderate in the heavier fuels. Bear Fire – 10,666 acres, 27% containment.  Peak Fire – 11,366 acres 7% containment Feeder Fire – 898 acres 100% containment.Coon Fire 5,684 acres 100Containment(More info here.)
  • Mad River Complex (Ruth Lake and Surroundings) Now Combined with the Route Complex -see below: (7 a.m.) 37,278 acres and 90% contained.  Personnel: 354. “Fire activity on the Lassic Fire was minimal yesterday and into the night due to measurable precipitation early in the morning … 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 3 days ago. Not updated as of 10:15 p.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 8:15 p.m.) 69,183 burned and 45% contained. Total Personnel: 426. Expect fire behavior to increase as the fuels begin to dry out especially in the late afternoon.” (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 o6:00 p.m.) 35,675 acres burned and 100% contained.  Because it has reached containment, after tomorrow we’ll remove this incident. (More info here.) Telephone number for the public information officer is 707-574-6865.
  • South Complex (north and west of Hyampom):(Current as of 6 p.m.29,275 acres burned and 85% containment. Personnel: 372. Injuries: 3.  “Last night was the last night shift.” (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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UPDATE 2 p.m.:

UPDATE 6:15 p.m.: Humboldt County Sheriff’s press release:

“The voluntary evacuation advisory in effect for the Swayback Ridge area of the Lassics since August 5, 2015, has been canceled. The Lassic Fire, a part of the Mad River Complex, is estimated to be approximately 90% contained and does not pose a threat to the remote residential area previously under advisory. Firefighting efforts on all incidents in northwest California were assisted by rain over the weekend. There are currently no evacuation advisories or orders in effect in Humboldt County. The Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services continues to monitor all regional fire activity in coordination with assigned Incident Management Teams, and to monitor air quality in coordination with County Public Health and the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District.”

Earlier Chapters:



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