Day 35: Lightning Fires


Trinity Pines [Photo by Danielle]

As most of the fires near containment, we’ll continue to 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. 

Note: Many fires are updating less frequently and less thoroughly. We’ve notated when the last update occurred.

  • Fork Complex (Trinty Pines and north to Hayfork): (Current as of 7:11 p.m. on August 30. Not updated as of 10:48 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 6 p.m.)  28,614 acres burned and 39% containment. Total Personnel: 695. 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.) Estimated containment date: Thursday October 15th, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
  • Mad River Complex (Ruth Lake and Surroundings) Now Combined with the Route Complex -see below: (6 p.m.) 37,462 acres and 98% contained.  Personnel: 141. Cooler temperatures will continue for the next two days as a weak trough moves through the northwestern portion of California. With the cooling trend will also come higher humidity and stronger winds across the ridges. Normal seasonal conditions should arrive by the beginning of next week… The Gobbler and the Pickett are in patrol status. Lassic Fire (18,198 acres) (More info here)  Telephone number for the public information officer is 707-574-6289. Estimated containment date: Thursday September 03rd, 2015
  • Nickowitz Fire (northern Humboldt/southern Del Norte):(Current as of 1:50 p.m.) 6,881 acres and 70% contained. Total Personnel: 126. “Minimal fire activity.”  (More info here) Phone: 530-627-3246. Estimated Containment Date:Tuesday September 15th.
  • River Complex:(Current as of 5:30 p.m.) 70,558 burned and 47% contained. Total Personnel: 444. “For the past month management teams have focused their efforts on keeping the fire out of communities, away from Highway 299, and out of the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation. Today, we’re pretty close to achieving that goal. (More info here.) Telephone number for the public information officer 530-276-8559. Estimated containment: October 01st, 2015.
  • South Complex (north and west of Hyampom):(Current as of 6:45 p.m.29,385 acres burned and 89% containment. Personnel: 348. “Minimal fire behavior occurred today, but heavy fuels on the interior continued to burn out.” (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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