The Carr Fire Glares Down Into Trinity County as It Continues to Grow [Maps Included]
“A Red Flag warning is in effect through Saturday,” according to the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center–making the current situation very dangerous. They warn that trees will likely torch and flying embers will cause spot fires. “[There is an] ongoing threat to the communities of Lewiston, Igo, Ono, and Gas Point with continued evacuations for portions of Old Shasta and Keswick,” they state.However, residents of some areas have been allowed to return home. But, for many, many others, their homes and other structures have been destroyed. Cal Fire reports that 1,060 residences, 18 commercial structures, and 477 outbuildings destroyed. More were damaged. Click here for a map of which ones Cal Fire has identified as safe and which as destroyed but here’s a sample below.
The Northern California Geographic Coordination Center notes the following other concerns, a threat remains for the Iron Mountain Mine Superfund site, three major Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) towers were destroyed which powers numerous Northern Coastal Communities, there is a continued threat to 115kV and 230kV powerlines and Keswick Dam is restricted to minimal electrical output due to damaged power lines.
The Plan:While the City of Redding (Branch I) is relatively safe and firefighters are mopping up the areas nearby, the same can’t be said for the western front of the Carr Fire. “Conditions exist for plume dominated fire behavior,” they state.
Branch II, the southwest of the fire: According to Cal Fire, winds may move the flames southward. Spot fires are a concern.
Branch III, the west end of the fire: The fire is now moving downhill which is normally slower than moving uphill. However, Cal Fire is worried about roll-outs and runs in the drainages. Spot fires are also a concern here.
Branch IV, the north side of the fire: Firefighters are concerned about torching in the trees and fire running from treetop to treetop.
The Weather:The smoke inversion is expected to continue which somewhat cools the area but the weather is still going to be hot, hot, hot and dry. Cal Fire said, “The atmosphere remains primed for unstable conditions…” They also are concerned that a plume could develop, then the fire can develop its own weather including whirlwinds.
Northwest winds are expected to kick in this evening.
The Roads:Highway 299, the major east-west route, remains closed in both directions. Caltrans District 2 reports,
We do not have an ETO at this time as we are still assessing the situation while work has begun…we have not regained jurisdiction over the highway. It was taken over by the fire authorities due to the fire emergency and they will not return it to Caltrans until they deem safe and appropriate. Then, Caltrans won’t even partially reopen it or give limited access to the public until Caltrans deems it safe and appropriate as well. Next, it will take months for reopening in full.
The View Over Hwy 299:
Here’s a timelapse of what it looks to drive Hwy 299.
- Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
- KMZ Map–Zoom for detail or for 3D imagery, click on the map and download a file that connects with your Google Earth program.
- Northcoast Horticulture Supply is working with Pay It Forward Humboldt to collect donations for the Carr fire.
McKinleyville 1580 Nursery Way
Arcata 639 6th St
Eureka 852 W Wabash Ave
Fortuna 126 Dinsmore Dr
Note: “Pay It Forward Humboldt has asked us to collect gift cards and N95 respiratory masks only at this time. We’ve tried to be specific about what’s needed at this point in time in our social media because folks tend to drop off random and sometimes heavy items that are not useful until folks can set up temporary housing. Once they have the donation centers set up over the next days/weeks, they will be accepting clothes, household donations and larger items.”
Redwood Acres Fairground is accepting evacuees for free camping.
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