[UPDATE 10:16 p.m.: 40% Contained] New Fire Near Blocksburg

 

Fire near Blocksburg seen from the west

Smoke rises from the Blocksburg area as seen from the Salmon Creek area west of Miranda. [Photo provided by a reader]

A new fire has broken out near the cross of Alderpoint Road and Cemetery Road in the Blocksburg area. Cal Fire is dispatching air and ground crews to respond.

We’re watching it now and it is looking big.

UPDATE 5:05 p.m.: According to Cal Fire in the air, this is burning 15 acres at moderate rate of spread in grass moving to timber. It has the potential to reach 100 acres and while structures aren’t currently threatened, they could be in the future.

UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: A local tells us that the fire is actually north of Blocksburg and east of Alderpoint road. We have not confirmed that officially yet.

UPDATE 5:34 p.m.:

Blocksburg fire

Blocksburg fire [Photo from Cal Fire]

Laura Coleman from Cal Fire is telling us that the fire is 5 30 acres burning in grass and oak woodlands at a moderate rate of spread.

Aircraft, equipment, crews, overhead, water tenders, dozers are responding, she said. Local government and USFS assisting CAL FIRE

The cause is yet unknown.

UPDATE 5:38 p.m.: According to traffic on the scanner, at least one officer is on the way to the fire for evacuations.

UPDATE 5:44 p.m.: Here’s another photo:

Blocksburg fire in trees from a reader

[Photo by Martin Polasek]

UPDATE 6:07 p.m.: The Incident Commander is asking for air tankers to come in tomorrow. This means he doesn’t think the fire will be controlled soon.

UPDATE 6:47 p.m.: Humboldt Office of Emergency Services warned, “30 acre fire north of Blocksburg. Alderpoint Rd closed at Homestead Rd. Area residents prep for evacuation if ordered.”

UPDATE 10:16 p.m.: Cal Fire says, “Blocksburg fire is 40% contained. Working to complete control lines tonight.”

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