[UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: ] Vegetation Fire off Hwy 299 Near Hawkins Bar; Structures Reportedly Threatened

vegetation fire iconAt approximately 2:55 p.m., a vegetation fire is reported to have started near Susie Q Road which is west of Hawkins Bar and east of Salyer off Hwy 299.

US Forest Service Fire crews, Hawkins Bar Fire, and Salyer Fire have been requested to respond. Aircraft has also been ordered. A fire chief is on scene according to the scanner.

Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.

UPDATE 3:23 p.m.: More engines have been requested to protect eight structures that are threatened. Helicopters and tankers a tanker have been ordered.

UPDATE 3:26 p.m.: We’re receiving one unconfirmed report that one structure is on fire.

UPDATE 3:35 p.m.: Willow Creek Fire has just been told to respond to the fire.

UPDATE 3:41 p.m.: Tanker 96 has been canceled but Copter 102 is still responding.

UPDATE 3:44 p.m.: Air attack and another helicopter have been ordered. There is an unconfirmed report of ammo going off in a structure and a propane tank in danger.

UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: Six Rivers National Forest tweeted, “Helicopter 506 assisting the @SixRiversNF with the #HawkinsFire in the Hawkins Bar area.”

UPDATE 7:42 p.m.: 

One home was totally engulfed in flames. [Crop of a photo provided by a reader]

UPDATE: Firefighters have returned to base after putting out the fire.

  • Laytonville Rock


  • Peculiar Placement

    Seems like someone is starting fires and heading west…

  • I was hoping for NO NEW fires with all this wind but…. !!! :-C

  • I Lived in Hawkins Bar many years ago til I was around 4 YO then my Father who worked for what is now Cal Trans, was transferred to Blue lake where I lived until I was around 30 or so!!! Back then there were 2 separate parts of it one was Maintenance which is mostly what Cal Trans does now & Construction which actually built the roads!!! They have independent contractors doing that now!!!

  • Thanks for covering this and assembling all the scattered sources in one place!

  • There is a red flag warning in effect today. The wind was quite breezy in the early afternoon, but was blowing downriver, not up, as is usual. Someone call Rockslide and get the scoop…

  • Any further updates? I have a summer cabin approx 2 mi east of Willow Creek and would like to know how close this might be?

    • Hard to find good info, this site is the best. Seems like things are under control and the fire wasn’t actually that large. You are probably fine but we need more info, especially with the winds.

  • Mrs. Wendell S. Truggmann III

    We have heard that the home was demolished late afternoon yesterday. It belonged allegedly to a deceased judge and was not inhabited. The home was located down nearer the river than other Susie Q Road homes.
    Kim…this area is located about 20-25 minutes east of WC. Today is still a Red Flag day, tho we have no wind here near Salyer. Bless the fire fighters!

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