[UPDATE 8:23 p.m.] Day 38: Lightning Fires–All Complexes Over 50% Contained!


Members of the US Forest Service‬ “bid goodbye to the California National Guard 1st Battalion 143rd Field Artillery. During their assignment, they assisted in mop up operations, patrol, and rolling 58 miles worth of hose.” [Photo from US Forest Service’s Facebook page.]

For the first time since lighting speared the Emerald Counties in late July, all the complexes are more than 50% contained!

However, we’ll continue to keep following the burning fires here and letting you know if something you need to know 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.) 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 6:13 p.m.)  28,614 acres burned and 46% containment. Total Personnel: 762. Higher humidity and lower temperatures will limit growth potential.”  Bear Fire – 10,666 acres, 46% containment.  Peak Fire – 11,366 acres 9% 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
  • Nickowitz Fire (northern Humboldt/southern Del Norte):(Current as of 2:49 p.m.) 6,881 acres and 70% contained. Total Personnel: 54. “Fire activity will be minimal until further drying occurs.”  (More info here) Phone: 530-627-3246. Estimated Containment Date:Tuesday September 15th.
  • River Complex:(Current as of 7:29 p.m.) 71,532 acres burned and 52% contained. Total Personnel: 256. “A warming & drying trend has ushered in conditions more conducive to fire spread during the reporting period, particularly at the higher elevations (above 4000′).” (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 7:46 p.m.29,395 acres burned and 89% containment. Personnel: 342. “Dry high pressure will dominate the weather for the entire week with thermal trough developing near the coast. Temperatures will gradually warm each day, climbing back to near normal for Monday through Wednesday and above normal for the second half of the week.” (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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  • Pretty amazing coverage Kym..maybe not the backbreaking dirt encrusted 58 miles of rolled (geez, kidz today!) but in it’s own way just as important, and thanks for it.

  • Outstanding photo and reporting, as usual, Kym.

    Day after day — during the Rail Fire and Peak Fire (Fork Complex) — I saw NG firefighters passing by on Highway 3 ( a couple of miles south of Hayfork) — they were deploying in open trucks ….. and with the air quality in the extreme hazardous range ….. nothing I can say can express the appreciation and gratitude ….

  • I’ll agree, great coverage. Some of us have got our lives and loved ones back and are working out asses off to salvage what is left of this f’d up summer (amazing what a month of no sun will do to your dreams of starting a tomato based business), but don’t ever think this coverage isn’t needed by the ones still in the thick. You have my loyalty for the 29 days I needed all the info I could get! You were the place to get it!

  • Kym, You have done a wonderful thing for your community. You should feel the pride for an awesome job of reporting and keeping all your readers and then some safe and sound. This includes all the staff and your family for the sacrifices they also made. Nothing greater than helping your fellow Man and Woman. Take care my friend. It is an honor to call you my friend…..My hat is off to you. Great job, Well done PJ

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