[UPDATE 1:54 p.m. SHERIFF INFORMATION!! Reverse 911 calls are being sent out.] Neighbors Evacuating As Hash Lab Burns in Salmon Creek: Road Closed
Do not come into Salmon Creek. The Road is currently being closed.
A hash lab is reportedly on fire in lower Salmon Creek. The building is currently on fire. “Butane in the building: grey smoke coming out,” according to scanner traffic.
Neighbors are reportedly being evacuated
near east of the intersection of Thomas Road and Salmon Creek. “They are requesting evacuations 1/2 mile west for a 180 gallon butane that is smoking,” according to scanner traffic.
UPDATE 11:35 a.m.: Donna Robinson, a resident and this reporter’s mother-in-law tells us that a her neighbor’s shed caught fire.
UPDATE 11:40 a.m.: According to scanner traffic, a 25 x 30 foot structure was on fire. A butane tank is smoking. There has been no explosion but the road is being closed and Hazmat has been called for. “Honey lab” is a term being used to describe the property.
UPDATE 11:50 a.m.: Salmon Creek Fire Chief tells us that Salmon Creek Road is closed one mile east of Salmon Creek and Thomas Road. Please do not try to go up or down the hill.
UPDAte 11:54 a.m.: We just received information there is 100 gallons of nitrogen also nearby.
UPDATE 12 p.m.: The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department is requesting everyone within a mile of the point marked on the map evacuate. “”We just don’t know if this goes off what will happen.” the spokesperson tells us. He tells us that those who are east of the point go down towards town and those that are west of the point go towards Salmon Creek School. The School is being prepared to receive anyone who needs to go there. Reverse 911 calls are being sent out.
UPDATE 12:12 p.m.: Cal Fire reports that this is a fire with Hazardous Materials. Laura Coleman spokesperson reports the incident is in a “25X30 outbuilding/structure” which was on fire at time of dispatch.” She says, authorities are “evacuating residents one mile diameter from the incident; Hazardous Material has been confirmed. The hazardous material has been confirmed as 100 gallons of Nitrogen and a 180 gallon butane tank so there is a possibility of explosion.”
Agencies Involved: CAL FIRE, HCSO, Salmon Creek Fire, Miranda Fire, Hazardous Team Requested from Humboldt Bay (currently talking with the incident commander on how to proceed)
UPDATE 12:17 p.m.: Here is a map with the driveway marked. The white circle on the blue road indicates the driveway to the area. There are three pieces of property accessed off the driveway. The middle property is where the incident is occurring. A home burned down there several years ago.
UPDATE 12:40 p.m.: According to Lt. Mike Fridley of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the firefighters have not even begun to fight the fire because it is too dangerous. “They haven’t tried to stop it yet. Butane is extremely flammable,” he said.
UPDATE 1:54 p.m.: Latest information here.