Mill Creek Now at 900 Acres

Smoke from the Mill Creek Fire is underlined in red on this satelite map.

Smoke from the Mill Creek Fire is underlined in red on this satellite map.

The Mill Creek Fire continues to grow northeast of Hoopa.

According to the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center, the fire which started as five fires has now merged into one. That fire now is around 900 acres and only 5% contained, they report.

As of last night, there was approximately 70 personnel fighting the fire.

The Northern California Geographic Coordination Center states,

The fire has jumped Norton Creek and continues to burn towards Hwy 96. Structure threats continue in the Mill Creek and Bald Hills Area. Mill Creek Road remains closed. Threats to Hoopa Tribal Ceremonial Grounds, cultural gathering areas, endangered species habitat, watesheds and residential power and phone lines continue to be a [concern].

UPDATE 4:03 p.m.: Hwy 96 Closed as Mill Creek Fire Grows (Alternate Route Available)

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14 comments

  • Kym, maybe a slightly longer red line to help the not so visually aware? Anyway, it is a great graphic once I found it.

  • How are the bald hills remotely effected? Could they be? Sure. Right now t’aint even close.

  • Anyone know how close the fire is to Highway 96?

  • Is that normal for that area?

  • Prevailing winds should push the fire to the east. Humidity recovery looks good and temps are only forecast to be in the low 80s. If the winds dont kick in this thing shouldnt grow too much. Hopefully anyway.

    They still need more people on it. The fire that just started near Plantina is getting more support than this one it looks like.

    • This fire is so low priority in Nor Cal with other fires going on they are probably not going to get much of anything to this one.
      Because:
      1. No structures threatened yet
      2. Only timber burning, mainly second growth, not much old growth there
      3. Its arson, North Ops in Redding (ONCC) gets kinda mad when Hoopa lights one off when other fires are burning..
      Once other fires start releasing people or this one hits Hwy 96 then they may get more resources. ( people, crews, engines)

      • And obviously you work in a dispatch in the area or GACC to know that the GACC gets pissed when a WILDFIRE starts. Yes arson happens every year in the area, due to some dumb ass thinking its funny, the way you’re putting it the fire dept is involved, can you explain why you would think the fire dept would be involved if their own home resources are out helping all the other fires / districts ? Maybe you’re staying that GACC gets pissed and doesn’t care that hoopa is burning so they dont care to send resources to help them, guess that’s good information to pass on to hoopas fire department.

      • As per the lost coast outpost: The Type 2 Incident Management Command Great Basin Team 6 is en route to the Hoopa Valley Reservation. They will assume command of the Mill Creek 1 Fire at 0600, tomorrow Monday morning. Additional resources are also on their way to supplement our crews and equipment. Engines from Arizona, Florida, and Idaho are all converging to the Hoopa Valley Reservation to assist in firefighting efforts. Also, IMET enrute.

        Follow #millcreekfires #millcreek1fire and @lcoutpost on Twitter for other current info\updates.

  • Damn it's smokey

    Hwy 96 closure due to this fire….

  • From Hoopa Fire Dept Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/HoopaOES/?hc_ref=ARTaHE7l_Z8nnM0P73UnrbDijncoT159cQDY4YjiztKEDGMWsi5bA4-M8knKEhzWUh0&fref=nf

    and

    BIA fire management Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/BIA.PRO.Forestry.Fire/

    Mill Creek 1 Fire Update 1300, 08/19/18

    As of 1100, 08/19/18, the Northern and Southern Mill Creek 1 Fires have merged. Presently, the Mill Creek 1 Fire covers over 1000 acres. No evacuation orders are in effect at this time nor are there currently any structures damaged by the Mill Creek 1 Fire.

    Current assigned resources include nine engines, three dozers, one helicopter, and numerous support, field, and medical staff. Our total assigned personnel amounts to roughly 160 on the Mill Creek 1 Fire.

    The Type 2 Incident Management Command Great Basin Team 6 is en route to the Hoopa Valley Reservation. They will assume command of the Mill Creek 1 Fire at 0600, tomorrow Monday morning. Additional resources are also on their way to supplement our crews and equipment. Engines from Arizona, Florida, and Idaho are all converging to the Hoopa Valley Reservation to assist in firefighting efforts. We are also continuing to secure more resources to help us contain the Mill Creek 1 Fire.

  • Haven’t yet been able to find an up to the hour Air Quality Control Index site. Nothing on the Tribe’s TEPA site. Year before last there was a really good monitoring site. So far there’s only, “air quality forecasts.” Which is something. It’s really important to know the current index in real time if you have to be outside. Maybe Kim has a link?

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