[UPDATE Sunday] New Fire Started North of Dinsmore, Multiple Acres
Another reader says that “a few Cal Fire planes [are] circling…smoke plume getting bigger and bigger.”
We understand that the fire is up Johnny Creek Rd (off County Line Creek Rd).
“It is very windy,” one reader tells us.
The scanner reports this is 75 acres as of 1:40 p.m.
UPDATE 1:45 p.m.: Some of the surrounding homes are being evacuated. At this point, we don’t know which ones.
UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: Mad River District Ranger Dan Dill from the Six Rivers Forest Service tells us his crews are on scene with “Southern Trinity Volunteers, Rio Dell Fire, Humboldt Bay and CalFire.” He says, firefighters are “doing everything we can.”
The National Weather Service has bad news though. The humidity is down to a mere 4% and while winds are running about 7 mph there are gusts getting up to 27 mph. Luckily, it isn’t too warm. It is only 73 degrees.
We are getting reports that structures have burned but we haven’t been able to confirm that.
UPDATE 3:11 p.m.:
The Van Duzen Community Hall (we’re unsure of the official name but it is across from the Southern Trinity High School) is now an evacuation center. See map below. Double click to enlarge or click link to see on Google Maps.
UPDATE 3:54 p.m.: More evacuation calls are going out over reverse 911. The NEW evacuation center is Lambs Creek Christian Center near the intersection of Hwy 36 and US Forest Service Route 1. Below is a map.
UPDATE 4:21 p.m.: Power went out for the residents of the Ruth/hettenshaw/Zenia rd area at 4:15 p.m.
UPDATE 4:26 p.m.: Some readers are reporting the power has come back on.
UPDATE 4:29 p.m.: On top of the fires burning in Lake, Mendocino, Yuba, Napa and Sonoma, a fire has now broken out in the Redding area. http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/shasta/redding-fire-responding-to-vegetation-fire-threatening-homes/638006620
UPDATE 5:08 p.m.: According to the heat signature showing on Arcgis, the fire began on the southwest side of South Fork Mountain. It showed up on satellite about 11:50 a.m. The fire start was northeast of the Mad River about 4000 feet due east of the Six Rivers Forest Service Compound.
UPDATE 5:15 p.m.: This photo was taken by a drone from the air before air support arrived around 12:40 p.m.UPDATE 5:40 p.m.: Humboldt County just issued the following alert by text message:
Travel advisory for the communities along Highway 36 due to wildfire near Mad River and County Line Creek Road. More information will be distributed if evacuations are necessary for Humboldt County.
Then they sent a text message reminding everyone they can sign up for alerts in their area.
Wildfire Mad River area N of Hwy 36. Avoid the area & sign up for Humboldt Alert today! https://t.co/L5sIzlUCJH
UPDATE 8:44 p.m.: A message went out from Humboldt County,
No evacuation orders or major road closures are in effect for wildfire north of Highway 36 at County Line Road near Mad River. Firefighters will remain on scene overnight and provide a morning update. Dinsmore area residents will be notified of any changes to evacuation status. Always be ready! Thank you for your cooperation.”
UPDATE 10:38 p.m.: According to Mad River District Ranger Dan Dill from the Six Rivers Forest Service, firefighters have about 70% of the fire contained with “high hopes we will be mopping this up tomorrow.” He said they lifted evacuation orders at 7:30 p.m.
Dill also said that the power lines are fine. They were just temporarily deactivated while firefighters worked under and around them. The power is now restored.
County Line Creek Road is no longer closed. It was only closed during the evacuations. It is a gnarly rough road and there is a lot of people out there.
“County Line Creek Road is no longer closed,” he said. “It was only closed during the evacuations.”
UPDATE Sunday: Click here for more information: River Fire Near Mad River: 85 Acres, 25% Contained