[UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: Evacuations May Be Needed, Says Sheriff’s Office] Fire Burning Near Swayback Ridge

Smoke from Sway Fire

A new fire broke out this morning a little after 10 a.m. today in the Swayback Ridge area. Dispatch sent multiple tankers and copters to the area.

Below is embedded map of Swayback Ridge which is in southeastern Humboldt near the Trinity County line at the far end of Burr Valley between Black Lassic and Buck Mountain.

UPDATE 10:52 a.m.: The first helicopter has reached the fire.
helicopter in front of smoke on wildland fireUPDATE 11:03 a.m.: A spotter plane is circling as can be seen in the photo by Daniel Foster below. spotter plane
This fire is burning in an area covered by the US Forest Service but Cal Fire is also assisting. Cal Fire spokesperson Laura Coleman tells us the fire is currently burning about 5-7 acres. No structures threatened.

Two engines from Cal Fire are responding as well as one helicopter and one tanker.

The Forest Service is sending a full response, too, Coleman said.

UPDATE 11:19 a.m.: The fire is now at 16 to 17 acres, according to the Incident Commander. The fire has bumped up against a road on one side and isn’t crossing that.

11:54 a.m.: According to Lt. Mike Fridley of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, there might need to be evacuations.

“If you have pets, paperwork, pictures…anything that can’t be replaced…gather them,” Fridley said. At this point, the Sheriff’s Department is just warning that evacuations might need to happen. They are not yet calling for them.

Another photo by Daniel Foster of the fire.

UPDATE 12 p.m.: Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services tweeted, “Wildfire burning approx. 20 acre near Swayback Ridge. Evacuation potential. HCSO and USFS on scene notifying residents.”

UPDATE 12:04 p.m.: The Office of EMergency Services has called for all Humboldt County residents to register for emergency notifications in case of problems such as this in their areas. Go here to register: http://humboldtgov.org/2014/Emergency-Notifications

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: “Without the ground resources, the retardant isn’t holding up,” reports the Incident Commander. Because the wildfire is so remote, crews on the land are having difficulty getting to the site.

UPDATE 12:44 p.m.: More information here: Sheriff’s Department Calls for Voluntary Evacuation in Fire in Swayback Ridge Area

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