Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Local Firefighters Helping to Battle Devastating Wildfires

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 at 5:25 PM

click to enlarge Fire burns the hills north of Upper Lake on Tuesday night. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Fire burns the hills north of Upper Lake on Tuesday night.
Local firefighters have joined thousands of others from around the state to battle a series of wildfires raging to the south and east of Humboldt County that combined have burned more than 200,000 acres and taken at least six lives.

Currently, 32 firefighters from nine Humboldt County agencies are assisting suppression efforts, contributing personnel and equipment to battle the devastating blazes.

For the latest information on California wildfires, including evacuations and road closures, visit the CalFire incident website: www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents.


Release from the Arcata Fire District:
As we watch and hear of the continuing devastation caused by multiple wildfires throughout California, and in particular the northern portion of our state, please be aware of the contributions of local fire personnel combating these fires.
Currently, Humboldt County Fire Agencies are actively assisting areas being ravaged by the seemingly explosive escalation of wildfire devastation. Local fire agencies are contributing personnel and fire engines to assist CalFire in protecting communities suffering severe depletion of fire resources. These agencies are assigned to active incidents in Mendocino and Lake Counties, as well as providing fire station coverage in Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino Counties.
Due to the strong commitment from remaining career and volunteer personnel at their homes stations, local response to emergencies have not been sacrificed.
Mendocino County Incidents:
• Arcata Fire Protection District: 2 Fire Engines, 1 Battalion Chief, 8 personnel
• Blue Lake Volunteer Fire Department: 1 Fire Engine, 3 personnel
• Briceland Volunteer Fire Department: 1 Fire Engine, 3 personnel
• Miranda Volunteer Fire Department: 1 Fire Engine, 3 personnel
Humboldt County CalFire Station Coverage:
• Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department: 1 Fire Engine, 3 personnel
• Humboldt Bay Fire: 1 Fire Engine, 3 personnel
• Loleta Volunteer Fire Department: 1 Fire Engine, 3 personnel
• Rio Dell Volunteer Fire Department: 1 Fire Engine, 3 personnel
• Samoa Peninsula Volunteer Fire Department: 1 Fire Engine, 3 personnel

The CalFire burn ban is still in effect. Please do not contribute to additional incidents by violating this ban. If you see a fire, please call 911 immediately! Early notification is vital for keeping fires small.

At a Glance: Aug. 1 (morning) Fire Summaries from CalFire

Carr Fire
County: Shasta and Trinity
Location: State Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road, Whiskeytown
Acres burned: 115,538
Containment: 35 percent
Residential Structures destroyed: 1,018
Commercial Structures destroyed: 12
Structures threatened: 2,546
Start date: July 23

River Fire:
County: Mendocino and Lake
Location: Old River Rd, near Mile Marker Post 7.9, Hopland
Acres burned: 31,898
Containment: 38
Residential structures destroyed: 10
Commercial structures destroyed: N/A
Structures threatened: 12,200
Start date: July 27

Ranch Fire:
County: Mendocino
Location: Off Highway 20 near Potter Valley, northeast of Ukiah
Acres burned: 59,014
Containment: 15
Residential structures destroyed: 10
Commercial Structures destroyed: N/A
Structures threatened: 10,200
Start date: July 27

Eel Fire:
County: Mendocino
Location: Black Butte River Ranch area, east of Covelo
Acres burned: 1,000
Containment: Unavailable
Residential structures destroyed: Unavailable
Commercial Structures destroyed: N/A
Structures threatened: 10
Start date: July 31
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