[UPDATE 8:10 p.m.: Mandatory Evacuation Area Stated] Kerlin Fire Forces Evacuations in Hyampom; Red Cross Opens Shelter in Hayfork
The American Red Cross tweeted, “We will open an evacuation shelter at 7pm tonight at Solid Rock Church, at the intersection of Hwy 3 and Tule Creek Road, in
#Hayfork. The shelter is open for people evacuating the #KerlinFire in #Trinity County. Anyone is welcome at our shelters.”
Trinity County Department of Transportation tweeted, “Hyampom Airport H47 is CLOSED due to Kerlin Fire…All roads in the Hyampom Area are CLOSED due to Kerlin Fire. Hyampom Road is CLOSED to thru traffic outside of Hayfork. Corral Bottom Road is CLOSED at Underwood Mt.”
UPDATE 7:01 p.m.: InciWeb reports the Kerlin Fire is 1500 acres now.
UPDATE 7:05 p.m.: FlowerdazeFarm posted this
UPDATE 7:17 p.m.: The Incident Commander reported over the scanner that they estimate the fire has now reached 2,000 acres.
UPDATE 8:10 p.m.: Press release from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest:
The Kerlin Fire continues to grow in size near Hyampom. As of 6 p.m. September 5, 2018, the fire has grown to an estimated 2000 acres in size with zero percent containment. Presently 217 firefighters remain on the incident and aerial resources are continuing to assist firefighting efforts as flying conditions allow. Approximately 100 structures are in the overall fire area and remain threatened, however no structures have been lost. Additional fire resources have been ordered to assist fire suppression efforts.
Over the past 24 hours, there was significant active fire behavior with short crown runs and spotting throughout the fire area. Subtle cooling and an increase in moisture are expected over the next few days with winds becoming mainly light and terrain driven. Some afternoon winds gusts are expected.
Firefighters continue to work to establish perimeter control and structure defense lines where possible while maintaining firefighter and public safety. Difficult and steep terrain are hampering firefighting efforts in some areas of the fire making combined ground and aerial firefighting efforts necessary.
As of Wednesday evening, the Trinity County Sherriff office has issued mandatory evacuations for residents along county road 311 from Lake Mountain Ranch to Dead Man’s Point. Per the Trinity County Office of Emergency Services, a shelter is in the process of being established in Hayfork. Evacuees will be advised of the location once it is established.
To learn more about how to prepare your home for wildfires, and how best to prepare to evacuate, visit: www.preventwildfireca.org.