Day 36: Lightning Fires

It's not just the's what they did to the cash economy. [Photo provided by Danielle Devore]

A few cannabis plants struggle to survive in a garden that was almost entirely burned. [Photo provided by Danielle]

As the fires cool and summer ends, soon it will be time to reflect on what we’ve lost.

Meanwhile, though, we’ll continue to keep checking on the burning fires and letting you know if something important happens. As we do, we’ll note the time the facts were posted so you can quickly see if there is something new. Look for the most recent general updates on the bottom but new information for individual fires is posted in the summaries below in blue.  (Newest maps of the fires here.) Those that have expanded 20% or more will have their acreage in red bold type. 

Note: Many fires are updating less frequently and less thoroughly. We’ve notated when the last update occurred.

  • Fork Complex (Trinty Pines and north to Hayfork): (Current as of 7:11 p.m. on August 30.) 36,499 acres burned and 97% contained. Structures Destroyed: Residences 8, other buildings 4, Firefighter injuries to date: 12, Total Personnel:269. “Fire behavior is expected to continue to be minimal as containment continues to be successful.” (More info here.) Fire Information Line: 530-628-0093
  • Gasquet Fire: (Current as of 10 a.m.)  28,614 acres burned and 41% containment. Total Personnel: 714. While the Bear and Peak Fires on the Gasquet Complex continue to be held with contingency lines, the Coon and Feeder Fires are fully contained.”  Bear Fire – 10,666 acres, 33% containment.  Peak Fire – 11,366 acres 7% containment Feeder Fire – 898 acres 100% containment.Coon Fire 5,684 acres 100Containment (More info here.) Estimated containment date: Thursday October 15th, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
  • Mad River Complex (Ruth Lake and Surroundings) Now Combined with the Route Complex -see below: (Current as of 10 a.m.) 37,462 acres and 100% contained.  Personnel: 108. “Firefighters will continue to patrol the fires and mop up were there are interior pockets of heat. Crews will continue suppression repair in priority areas.(More info here)  Telephone number for the public information officer is 707-574-6289. Estimated containment date: Thursday September 03rd, 2015
  • Nickowitz Fire (northern Humboldt/southern Del Norte):(Current as of 2:50 p.m.) 6,881 acres and 70% contained. Total Personnel: 88.Fire activity will be minimal until further drying occurs.  (More info here) Phone: 530-627-3246. Estimated Containment Date:Tuesday September 15th.
  • River Complex:(Current as of 7 a.m.) 71,041 acres burned and 47% contained. Total Personnel: 348. “Though conditions have been favorable for firefighting efforts, increased fire behavior can materialize when high winds come across the fire area. (More info here.) Telephone number for the public information officer 530-276-8559. Estimated containment: October 01st, 2015.
  • South Complex (north and west of Hyampom):(Current as of 6:45 p.m. September 229,385 acres burned and 89% containment. Personnel: 348. “” (More info here)


Here’s our tools to keep you abreast of what’s happening:

Newest Info: Next, the twitter feed near the bottom right of our home page is continuously updated with the latest tweets from Cal Fire, other local news organizations, the National Weather Service, etc.

Above that are two scanner feeds–one that will take you to Eureka/north coverage. The other that will take you to Eureka/south coverage.

Past Info: Reminder, at the bottom of this post under Earlier Chapters are links to our previous coverage. Much of it still very relevant. Particularly note our newest fire maps. 

Don’t miss a post: In our right hand column is a subscribe box (for those accessing on mobiles, scroll down to the bottom and the box is just above recent posts.) Fill that out and a link to every story will appear in your email.

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