[UPDATE 7:27 p.m.] Lightning Last Night; Fire Today
Lightning struck several times in Humboldt and Trinity Counties yesterday. According to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Laura Coleman, the one strike in Humboldt’s region did not have any smoke when a plane checked out the remote area.
Coleman said there were several strikes in the Six Rivers Forest area of responsibility. We weren’t able to contact anyone at Six Rivers but online records show there is a fire southwest of Ruth Lake west of Hetten Rock in Trinity County.
The fire is roughly in the area of the marker saying “Forest Route 2S17” on the map above. Zoom in and out using the + and – symbols. We don’t know the cause but it is in the area where lightning strikes were noted last night. There is at least one engine at the scene dealing with the fire.
Coleman urged residents to “be very cognizant of the No Burn in effect so we know if we have an actual fire [if we get a report].” She added, “If you light off a fire, we’re coming with planes and engines and all the equipment…It’s that time of year.”
Note: Mendocino Voice is also reporting on a fire burning west of Willits. At this time the cause is unknown.
UPDATE 7:27 p.m.: The fire west of Hetten Rock appears to be out. We still have had no contact with the USFS. However, there are no engines currently listed as attached to the Hetten Fire.