[UPDATE 8:10 p.m.: Mandatory Evacuation Area Stated] Kerlin Fire Forces Evacuations in Hyampom; Red Cross Opens Shelter in Hayfork

American Red Cross Disaster Relief vehicle.

American Red Cross Disaster Relief vehicle. [Photo tweeted by American Red Cross]

According to multiple reports including the Trinity County Journal, the town of Hyampom is being evacuated. The Journal reported, “Per OES Manager Ed Prestley, the entire town of Hyampom is being evacuated due to the Kerlin Fire. Instructions are to go to Hayfork. An evacuation shelter is to be set up, and evacuees will be advised of the location once it is established.” More information is at the Journal here.

Nuriddin Ziyadinov of the American Red Cross tweeted at 5:19 p.m., “We’ve been requested to open an evacuation center by Trinity Co in response to

The American Red Cross tweeted, “We will open an evacuation shelter at 7pm tonight at Solid Rock Church, at the intersection of Hwy 3 and Tule Creek Road, in . The shelter is open for people evacuating the in County. Anyone is welcome at our shelters.”

Trinity County Department of Transportation tweeted, “Hyampom Airport H47 is CLOSED due to Kerlin Fire…All roads in the Hyampom Area are CLOSED due to Kerlin Fire. Hyampom Road is CLOSED to thru traffic outside of Hayfork. Corral Bottom Road is CLOSED at Underwood Mt.”

UPDATE 7:01 p.m.: InciWeb reports the Kerlin Fire is 1500 acres now.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m.: FlowerdazeFarm posted this

UPDATE 7:17 p.m.: The Incident Commander reported over the scanner that they estimate the fire has now reached 2,000 acres.

UPDATE 8:10 p.m.: Press release from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest:

The Kerlin Fire continues to grow in size near Hyampom. As of 6 p.m. September 5, 2018, the fire has grown to an estimated 2000 acres in size with zero percent containment. Presently 217 firefighters remain on the incident and aerial resources are continuing to assist firefighting efforts as flying conditions allow. Approximately 100 structures are in the overall fire area and remain threatened, however no structures have been lost. Additional fire resources have been ordered to assist fire suppression efforts.

Over the past 24 hours, there was significant active fire behavior with short crown runs and spotting throughout the fire area. Subtle cooling and an increase in moisture are expected over the next few days with winds becoming mainly light and terrain driven. Some afternoon winds gusts are expected.

Firefighters continue to work to establish perimeter control and structure defense lines where possible while maintaining firefighter and public safety.  Difficult and steep terrain are hampering firefighting efforts in some areas of the fire making combined ground and aerial firefighting efforts necessary.

As of Wednesday evening, the Trinity County Sherriff office has issued mandatory evacuations for residents along county road 311 from Lake Mountain Ranch to Dead Man’s Point. Per the Trinity County Office of Emergency Services, a shelter is in the process of being established in Hayfork. Evacuees will be advised of the location once it is established.

To learn more about how to prepare your home for wildfires, and how best to prepare to evacuate, visit: www.preventwildfireca.org.

For updated Kerlin Fire information, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6189/, email kerlinfire@gmail.com, or call (707) 902-3749 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

UPDATE: Kerlin Fire: Maps and Information


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18 comments

  • IC reports 2,000 Acres at 1915hrs

  • When are the gov agentys going to realize all this country around us is going to burn. If they can pick the time and place of the battle that’s 3/4 won. BURN in the fall Go with your strength Dam dummies

  • 10 acres last night, now 1500. maybe in a day or so Forest Service will decide to fight it. Theses guys need to get some different thinking going on. Let it burn this time of year is not working. Do some logging, and burn in early spring and late fall.

    • They are trying to fight it. It was just so low priority with other fires going on closer to homes that it couldn’t get resources. Theres only so many
      Wildland firefighters in Nor Cal and it takes time to get them here. I dont know why every time a fire burns for more than a day people start bitching that the ” Forest Service is not fighting it”.. the only fires that are allowed to burn are in Wilderness areas to clean them up…

  • To many young in the spring but in the fall three days before a big storm Burn it

  • Do you know if the town of Hyampom is being evacuated at this time? Thanks Kym!

    • Karla, I have heard unofficially that the Vet’s clinic which is at 1641 E. Garrett Road in was being evacuated. But I have not confirmed that.

      I have however created a map using the evacuation points given on County Road 311 from Lake Mountain Ranch to Dead Man’s Point in the press release from the Shasta Trinity National Forest. “As of Wednesday evening, the Trinity County Sherriff office has issued mandatory evacuations for residents along county road 311 from Lake Mountain Ranch to Dead Man’s Point.”

      This is my best guess for mandatory evacuations.

      Right click on it to expand or use the zoom feature to see details.

  • County is sending a bus to pick up people and take them to shelter in Hayfork

  • I’m just reporting what I hear on radio, I scan TCSO, Trinity County fire dispatch, Cal Fire and USFS.

  • Didn’t they put out a controlled burn there this spring.
    When are peoplenty gonna learn fires are a natural part if our ecology
    Suppression is not .
    Burn in the spring and fall or get used to constant fire

  • Sue humboldt county.

    Those poor people in hyampom first violated by the county/ sheriff’s office now this.

    • Violated by the sheriff?! Have you seen the numbers and sizes of the grows all just up the hill west of Hyampom?! It just might be the highest concentration of mega-grows in the entire county. No houses up there- they are commuter grows, many being run by the fine folks who house themselves in Hyampom. So please stop with the “poor people getting violated by sheriffs” routine. If we are lucky the fire will burn away from Hyampom Valley and right up the mountain taking out all those outrageous mega-grows. That said I hope all humans and animals stay safe and peoples’ homes are protected.

  • Ouch,,,dont say that! Ive hardly slept since i was given about 30 mins to gather all our belongings and our animals and leave my home that we have been living and working on for over 7yrs,and the cabin , i just this yr was able to move into,,waiting and praying,if my prayers are answered you wont get lucky 😉

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