Prescribed Burning Projects in Six Rivers National Forest

Kym Kemp / Friday, Oct. 10 @ 1:44 p.m. /  News

Six Rivers National Forest press release:

As weather and fuel conditions moderate from the hot and dry conditions of summer, Six Rivers National Forest staff will begin prescribed burning projects on the forest. These projects are part of Forest Service efforts to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations that contribute to extreme fire behavior should a wildfire occur. Several prescribed fire techniques are planned, including understory and hand-pile burning, and will be completed as fuel moistures and weather conditions permit.

Each prescribed fire follows a prescribed fire burn plan that outlines a set of logistical and environmental conditions to meet specific resource objectives. Environmental factors include fuel moisture, humidity, temperature, wind speed/direction and smoke column dispersal and direction. In addition, the forest works with the National Weather Service and the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District to maintain compliance with state and federal burning regulations for the North Coast area.

Following is a district-by-district look at the burns planned for this fall:

Smith River NRA-Gasquet District

Total: 568 acres

Understory burns:

282 acres in the Elk Camp Fuel Break Project, located northeast of Gasquet, near the North Fork Loop Road,

97 acres in the Big Flat Project, located near the community of Big Flat, and

3 acres in the Pappas Flat Project, located near Gasquet, off Forest Service (FS) Road 17N49.

Pile burning:

46 acres within the Coon Mountain Meadow Restoration Project, and

140 acres within the Big Flat Project.

Smoke will be visible from the town of Gasquet on Highway 199, and South Fork and French Hill Roads, but should not affect travel on Highway 199.

Orleans/Ukonom Districts

Total: 500 acres

Understory burns: 450 acres within the Hazel Vegetation Project, near Deer Lick Saddle south of Orleans and the Klamath River.

Pile burning: 50 acres at forest administrative sites (Ti Bar Station, Oak Bottom and Orleans).

Smoke may be visible along Highway 96 and various county roads, but should not affect any travel routes.

Lower Trinity District

Total: 80 acres

Understory burns:

14 acres within administrative sites, including the Salyer Work Center and Greys Falls Campground, to protect the important and valuable Forest Service infrastructure, and

35 acres to improve bear grass collection near East Fork Campground, Horse Mountain and Sims Mountain.

Pile burning:

11 acres along Mill Creek Road, east of Hoopa,

5 acres on South Fork Road, near Hennessy Ridge Road, in Salyer,

5 acres on Friday Ridge Road, near Brush Mountain Lookout, and on FS Road 7N13, and

10 acres on Lone Pine Ridge, FS Road 7N30A.

Smoke will be visible from Highway 299 or 96 in the Salyer and Willow Creek areas, but should not affect any travel routes.

Mad River District

Total: 190 acres

Understory burning:

15 acres in the Van Duzen Vegetation Management Project, located between the Van Duzen Road and the Mad Ridge Fuelbreak on Mad River Rock Road, and

60 acres south of Ruth Lake in Beaverslide Timber Sale and Fuel Treatment Project, on Forest Service Road 27N34.

Pile burning:

50 acres on South Fork Mountain (Blake Mountain area) on FS Route 1,

50 acres in the Little Gulch Timber Sale area south of Ruth on Cobb Ridge, and

15 acres within administrative sites, such as the Mad River, Ruth and Zenia compounds, and developed campgrounds in the Ruth Lake, Mad River and Zenia area.

Smoke may be visible from the State Hwy 36 and the communities of Mad River, Hettenshaw Valley, Zenia and Ruth, but should not affect any major travel routes.

For more information, contact Interagency Fire Chief Mike Minton at (707) 441-3535.

[UPDATED]Convoy Heading Up Salmon Creek

Kym Kemp / Thursday, Oct. 9 @ 8:04 a.m. /  marijuana

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: Law enforcement has left the place in Salmon Creek.


Original Post:

Several witnesses have reported that a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office convoy is heading up Thomas Road off of Salmon Creek Road. There are reports of 15-20 cars and at least one woodchipper.

We’ll be updating with more information as soon as possible.

Be On the Lookout: Generator Stolen From SoHum Vet

Kym Kemp / Thursday, Oct. 9 @ 7:43 a.m. /  Crime

Here’s the latest post in LoCO‘s “Be On the Lookout” series, where we highlight stolen items (in this case the item may have been lost and later found) and ask you to help by reporting any sighting to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, a red and black Honda GX380 was stolen from behind the Garberville Redway Veterinary Group’s office.

When power goes out in the area, this generator kept the vet’s office up and running and able to minister to sick and injured animals.

If anyone has any information please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.

Photos are of a similar generator not the exact one taken.

Previous BOLO:

61 Reasons for the North Coast to Be Glad Amaber Remembered Her Dad’s Birthday

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 8:48 p.m. / Good News

On October 4, Amaber Heidinger decided to remember what would have been her dad’s 61st birthday by doing 61 random kind deeds. Were you one of the people who benefited?

One of the acts of random kindness Heidinger did in her father’s name was give her niece, Randi, a bouquet of flowers.


Colorado Murder Suspect Arrested Last Night near Rio Dell

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 3:36 p.m. /  Crime

California Highway Patrol press release:

On the evening of Tuesday, November October 7th, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Humboldt Area with the assistance of multiple allied agencies, apprehended a murder suspect out of Colorado wanted for the murder of his wife.

Just after 5 pm, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) notified CHP Humboldt Communications of a murder suspect, 51 year old Ralph Le Roy Candelario, who was believed to be traveling through the southern Humboldt County area.  Mr. Candelario was issued an arrest warrant out of Colorado for the alleged murder of his wife in January. 

At approximately 6:30 pm, a CHP unit observed the associated vehicle, a 1993 Saab 900 convertible, traveling northbound on US-101, north of Jordan Road.  With the assistance of the Fortuna Police Department, Rio Dell Police Department, the Humboldt County Sheriff Department, and additional CHP units, an enforcement stop was made on the vehicle on US-101 Northbound, north of Rio Dell.  Subsequent to the enforcement stop, Mr. Candelario was taken into custody without incident.  Mr. Candelario’s son, 20 year old Joel Candelario, was following behind his father in a separate vehicle.  Joel Candelario was detained at the scene and later released.

Mr. Candelario was booked into the Humboldt County Jail facility on the felony warrant, and is currently awaiting extradition back to Colorado.

[New Hours!] Don’t Drive Through Willits on Thursday If You Can Avoid It, Says Caltrans

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 8:02 a.m. /  News

Caltrans press release:

On Thursday, October 9, traffic on US Highway 101 on the south end of the Willits Bypass Project will be diverted to a long-term detour.  In order to tie the detour into the existing highway, one-way traffic control with a pilot car will be in effect from 2AM 4AM to 9PM on Thursday only.  Motorists should anticipate major traffic delays which could reach one hour or more during peak traffic times, with southbound traffic on US Highway 101 backing up into the northern end of Willits.  Motorists are advised to leave early to allow for extra travel time, or to alter their travel plans to avoid this section of highway.  This work is being done during the day due to nighttime temperatures which are too cold for paving.

The detour will eventually become the southbound onramp to US Highway 101 from Route 20.  Motorists are urged to drive with caution through the detour which contains a curve with a 20 MPH advisory speed.  The detour will remain in place until the bypass is completed in summer 2017.

Cannabis Growers Raise Consciousness About Their Issues While Raising Money for Needy Families

Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 7 a.m. /  marijuana

Members of the cannabis cultivation community mingled with local business owners and lawmakers at a meeting last Friday in Willow Creek. [Photo provided by Jason Beaver.]

On Friday, October 3, California Cannabis Voice in Willow Creek raised over $4000 to bring needy families in that community Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. But that was just a side issue. The relatively new organization also brought over 200 people, including Humboldt County supervisors Ryan Sundberg and Virginia Bass, to discuss marijuana regulation. The festive event included two smoked hogs and music.

Sundberg stated in an email to the Outpost, “The BBQ meeting in Willow Creek last Friday night was one of the most encouraging I have been to in a while. People from the Marijuana Industry were coordinated and knew what the issues were that they need to overcome to become a legit industry.”

Jason Beaver, Development Director for California Cannabis Voice (CCV) said that the gathering was designed to “put forth a map by which we can move forward and hopefully begin to regulate ourselves in Humboldt County so when legalization happens, we are already ahead of the game.”

The relatively large turnout, Beaver said, shows the community’s interest in regulation of cannabis. Beaver believes there “has never been a larger gathering in Willow Creek for political purposes.” Having Humboldt County Supervisors join with members of the cultivation community,” Beaver said,  will “legitimize the conversation about our county’s future in cannabis.” 

Supervisor Sundberg spoke to the CCV meeting in Willow Creek (see photo below.) Later, he recapped his statements in an email to the Outpost. He wrote, “I let them know my view that marijuana is here, it’s not going anywhere, and we need to all talk about how to deal with the impacts now, so we can be leaders in becoming legitimate instead of accepting what out of the area people think is good for us.”

Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass, Richard Marks CCV Humboldt Organizer, Matt Kumin, Director of CCV and Humboldt County Supervisor Ryan Sundberg at the Willow Creek gathering. [Photo provided by Jason Beaver.]

One of the goals of the CCV is to emulate the good practices of the wine industry. The organization believes that just as Napa is the center of wine making for California, the Emerald Triangle can become a similar center for cannabis. Luke Bruner, CCV treasurer said in an interview with the Outpost, “Doing [regulation] right will improve the value of our land and cause the price of our products to go up. If we improve the value of our brand…if our brand is associated with best practices …those are the things you have to do to become the next Napa.”

Bruner believes that in order for marijuana growers to gain respectability, they need to differentiate “themselves from the bad actors and the trespass growers.”  He explained, “When legit farmers can be legalized and regulated on the books and taxed, then we will have a scenario where the county and the legit farmers can work hand and hand.” 

 Beaver agrees. He explained to the Outpost in a phone interview that CCV wants Humboldt County to “have something that protects its brand moving forward. We need to do the very best we can to protect our brand internationally.” One of the ways to do that he said is to “be pioneers in the environmental area. There are so many people here already doing that.”

Patrick Murphy, the CCV Willow Creek Community Outreach Director, believes that there is a “perception of local [cannabis] farmers that they are greedy people who don’t care to solve the problems that the industry has brought to the area.” He said that he and CCV want to change that perception which is why they have started identifying areas of concern and are stepping in to help. He explained that in Willow Creek, with the help of local organizations, CCV “identified 120 families—some of these families are elderly people who are by themselves and some are families with multiple children—that might not have Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. In this one night we got over $4000 to help.”

The next area that Murphy is hoping to work on in his community is removing trash possibly left by “trimmigrants,” itinerant marijuana labor. “We put together a volunteer list… . There is a lot of trash under the bridge—that seems an obvious place to start.”

Murphy said that when he approached his local water board seeking ways to help in Willow Creek, he told them, “We want people to know we are your friends and we’re your family and we’re your neighbors and we want you to know that local cannabis farmers can be outstanding members of this community. 

Supervisor Sundberg noted that working to regulate the cannabis industry is still in its fledgling stages. He wrote, “There is a lot of work to do, but I think this is going in the right direction.”

The next meeting of Humboldt’s CCV is today in Eureka. Go here for a description.