[UPDATE 4:20 p.m.: One Way Traffic] Report of a Structure Fire Spreading to Vegetation in the Carlotta Area
The report of the fire in the Carlotta area came in about 1:10 p.m.
UPDATE 1:25 p.m.: According to the Indicent Commander speaking over the scanner and describing what he saw when he arrived on scene, “One structure is fully engulfed. There is no threat to the vegetation but other structures are threatened….We have secondary explosions,” reports the Incident Commander.
UPDATE 1:32 p.m.: The Incident Commander said, “We will need to close Hwy 36.”
UPDATE 2 p.m.: “We have an additional outbuilding involved and another threatened,” The Incident Commander reported. He asked for three more engines and three more water tenders and he requested information on when the air unit would be on scene.
The CHP Traffic Incident Information Page reports that fire personnel have closed Hwy 36 in both directions.
UPDATE 2:19 p.m.: The first video by Tami Hoisington shows the smoke very thick.
The second video shows that the smoke is much lighter.
UPDATE 2:33 p.m.: Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services tweeted, “HWY 36 closed in both directions near PM 6.9-7.5 in Carlotta due to structure fire. Please avoid the area and pull over for emergency vehicles.”
UPDATE 4:20 p.m.: According to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Savona, Hwy 36 one-way traffic control in place and many resources have been released.
According to the Incident Commander on the scanner, two storage buildings were 100% destroyed and one garage received some damage.