[UPDATE 12:20 p.m.: Now at 100 Acres] Kerlin Fire Reaches 90 Acres and Only 10% Contained

Fire near Hyampom

Fire near Hyampom [Photo provided by a reader]

The Kerlin Fire which started yesterday afternoon near Hyampom near the Humboldt Trinity county line has now reached 90 acres and is only 10% contained, according to InciWeb.

According to a statement on the InciWeb page, “Firefighting engines, crews, fixed and rotary wing aircraft are working the Kerlin Fire located near Kerlin Creek west of Hyampom. Tankers dropped retardant around approximately 90% of the fire perimeter on September 4 and will be working again today.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

UPDATE 12:07 p.m.: InciWeb reports the fire is now at 100 acres with 200 people fighting it.

UPDATE 12:20 p.m.: Press release from the Shasta Trinity National Forest:

The Kerlin Fire continues to grow west of Hyampom. The fire was first reported as a vegetation fire around at 3 p.m. on September 4, 2018.  Presently the fire is estimated to be 100 acres in size and is zero percent contained. Structures are present in the fire area but are not directly threatened.

Approximately 200 personnel are assigned to the fire. Fire engines, hand crews, water tenders, and other firefighters are continuing to provide direct fire suppression efforts when possible, and indirect suppression as conditions dictate.  Aerial resources consisting of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft are establishing retardant lines and providing direct firefighter support. At present no evacuations are in place, but residents should remain vigilant and prepare for evacuation should the conditions change.

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.

UPDATE: Kerlin Fire: Maps and Information

Earlier Chapter: 40 Acre Fire Burning Near Hyampom



  • Too many fires unexplained!!!!

  • Fires can have many causes, direct and indirect. It’s difficult to find causes when the blaze is active. Also, firefighting agencies may have a pretty good idea of what caused the fire, but especially if it looks manmade, they don’t publicize it until they feel confident. At least, that’s been my experience in Lake County. Many of our fires in the last few years had human causes; a cluster of them in the Lower Lake area were arson but most all of them were caused by ordinary human error, something that might seem harmless at the time, like clumsy DYI wiring of a hot tub, grilling meat too close to the woodpile, or working on a metal fence with a metal hammer near dry brush on a hot windy day. We all have to learn to be a lot more careful in these dry, windy drought conditions, but on the other hand we all have done dumb things. We should really avoid suspecting conspiracies or bad intentions until we have evidence of it. Shit happens.

    • The hills and fields are like dry hay!

      And be a step or two more careful when we know the landscape is a tinderbox!
      Making it a point to be careful with that smoking material, be it a cigarette or a meat smoker.

  • Fire started in motor home in a grow, that’s what Hyampom fire reported when they got on scene, fire had west wind on it and got into timber and the rest is history

  • Fire just took off IC requests mandatory evacuation in Hyampom area

  • Its got a very large plume visible from Burnt Ranch right now.

  • Evacuation all of Hyampom including Vet Clinic

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