[UPDATE 6:22 p.m.] Multiple Crews Kept Flames From Spreading During Dangerous Structure Fire Near Hawkins Bar
Fortunately, Wright said, a number of fire crews were called to the fire or it could have spread quickly. Not only was the one house engulfed in flames but the fire was putting another house in danger. “There was fire right up to the wall of it,” Wright explained. “We had a quick enough response that we were able to stop it.”
He said, “We ended up with two Forest Service engines, a Willow Creek water tender and an engine, Salyer water tender and engine, Hawkins Bar Fire type 6 engine and a water tender as well as support from Hoopa Tribal Wildland and a Hotshot group out of Salyer.” There was also a helicopter dropping water on the flames.
The area where the fire was located was one that firefighters had been concerned about in the past. “Access and egress is awful,” Wright explained. “We said if we ever had a fire down here it scares the [heck] out of us…With everyone there, we didn’t have to worry about it jumping and surrounding us….It took everybody to keep it from turning into a mess.”
UPDATE 6:22 p.m.: Today, the home is a charred ruin.Earlier Chapter: Vegetation Fire off Hwy 299 Near Hawkins Bar; Structures Reportedly Threatened