[UPDATE 2:45 p.m.] Carr Fire Threatens Trinity County and Communities to the Southwest of Redding

Trees burn on the side of 299 near Whiskeytown Lake.

Trees burn on the side of 299 near Whiskeytown Lake.

The Carr Fire continues to expand reaching 110,154 acres but it is now 27% contained. Almost 16,000 people are still evacuated even though some residents have been allowed to return home.

The communities of Lewiston, Igo, Ono, and Gas Point face ongoing threats, according to the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center (ONCC). “884 residences and 347 outbuildings have been destroyed, 169 residences have been damaged and damage assessment is ongoing.”

The Carr Fire looms ominously on the hills east of Weaverville.

The Carr Fire looms ominously on the hills east of Weaverville. [Crop of a photo by Jed Medin from Weaver Bally]

The fire continues to push even overnight. The ONCC reports that there were “uphill runs and isolated torching” after nightfall.

For the latest on evacuations and road closures, click here.

The Plan: 

With the continued push to the west, firefighters will be paying particular attention to the County Line Road area where the Carr fire has slopped over in several places. The worst area is east of the Pappoose arm of Trinity Lake. Firefighters will be watching on the west side of the fire for spot fires in multiple directions.

The Carr might also push to the north where there is a great deal of timber. Trees catching fire, creating 100-foot tall torches that send embers and flames flying could create spot fires.

The Weather: 

The smoke inversion is expected to continue which somewhat cools the area but the weather is still going to be hot, hot, hot and dry. Cal Fire said, “The atmosphere remains primed for unstable conditions…” They also are concerned that a plume could develop, then the fire can develop its own weather including whirlwinds.

Northwest winds are expected to kick in this evening.

Scenes from the Carr Fire from Mark McKenna:

A deer crosses Harlan Drive in the Lake Redding Estates subdivision in Redding.

A deer crosses Harlan Drive in the Lake Redding Estates subdivision in Redding.

A Sikorsky helicopter prepares to fill up with fire retardant from tanks on the field of Igo, Ono, Platina Elementary School south Redding.

A Sikorsky helicopter prepares to fill up with fire retardant from tanks on the field of Igo, Ono, Platina Elementary School south Redding.

A Cal Fire Strike Team leaves a safety area and heads to fight the Carr Fire.

A Cal Fire Strike Team leaves a safety area and heads to fight the Carr Fire.

A Sikorsky helicopter prepares to fill up with fire retardant from tanks on the field of Igo, Ono, Platina Elementary School south Redding.

A Sikorsky helicopter prepares to fill up with fire retardant from tanks on the field of Igo, Ono, Platina Elementary School south Redding.

Crews work to mix fire retardant for helicopter battling the car fire near the town of Igo.

Crews work to mix fire retardant for helicopter battling the car fire near the town of Igo.

A Sikorsky helicopter fills up with fire retardant from tanks on the field of Igo, Ono, Platina Elementary School south Redding.

A Sikorsky helicopter fills up with fire retardant from tanks on the field of Igo, Ono, Platina Elementary School south Redding.

The MAPS:

  • Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.carr map 31
  • KMZ Map–Zoom for detail or for 3D imagery, click on the map and download a file that connects with your Google Earth program.
    Carr fire map

    Carr Fire heat map.

Donations:

  • Northcoast Horticulture Supply is working with Pay It Forward Humboldt to collect donations for the Carr fire.

McKinleyville 1580 Nursery Way

Arcata 639 6th St

Eureka 852 W Wabash Ave

Fortuna 126 Dinsmore Dr

Note: “Pay It Forward Humboldt has asked us to collect gift cards and N95 respiratory masks only at this time. We’ve tried to be specific about what’s needed at this point in time in our social media because folks tend to drop off random and sometimes heavy items that are not useful until folks can set up temporary housing.  Once they have the donation centers set up over the next days/weeks, they will be accepting clothes, household donations and larger items.”

UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: Cal Fire reports,

  • Evacuation orders have been lifted and residents may return home in the following areas:
    River Park Highlands Subdivision
    For residents returning home to River Park Highland Subdivision, use
    Benton Drive to access River Park Drive.
    *The road will remain closed at Quartz Hill and Terra Nova Drive.
  • Evacuation orders have been lifted and residents may return home in the
    following areas
    The communities of Summit City and Buckeye to include the following
    areas listed below:
    Lake Blvd north of Oasis Road to the Shasta Dam
    Pine Grove Ave. west from Iron Horse Road to Lake Blvd.
    Walker Mine Road to the overhead powerlines. All residences on Walker
    Mine Road west of the overhead powerlines remain under mandatory
    evacuations.
    Quartz Hill road from Lake Blvd. just west of Counter Lane will be open. A closure will be in effect at Quartz Hill Road west of Counter Lane. All
    residences west of this closure point will remain under mandatory
    evacuations.
    The public is asked to limit traffic in these areas to residents only.
  • Evacuation orders have been lifted in the Happy Valley area. However,
    mandatory evacuations are still in effect for the communities of Igo & Ono.
    ***Road closures will be at the intersections of; Placer Road and Platina
    Road, Clear Creek Road and Cloverdale Road. Gas Point Road will
    remain open to through traffic. All areas west on Platina Road and north
    on Placer Road will remain under mandatory evacuation.

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