Tuesday, September 15, 2020

August Complex Still Out of Humboldt

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click to enlarge “Yesterday, Soldiers attached to the @RuggedSix, carry hoses & equipment to create a grid line to search for hotspots working to ensure a wildfire does not reignite at the #AugustComplex fire in @MendocinoNF.” - US ARMY NORTH TWITTER
  • US Army North Twitter
  • “Yesterday, Soldiers attached to the @RuggedSix, carry hoses & equipment to create a grid line to search for hotspots working to ensure a wildfire does not reignite at the #AugustComplex fire in @MendocinoNF.”
Firefighters are continuing to hold the August Complex out of Humboldt County and will continue working today on keeping the fire east of the Eel River.

According to today’s Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services update, evacuations orders and evacuation warnings remain in effect for portions of Southern Humboldt.

However, licensed farmers can receive day-passes from the county Planning and Building Department to get past roadblocks in evacuation areas to check on crops and livestock. (Read more here.)

Evacuation orders remain in place for areas south of Casterlin Road, including all properties on Casterlin Road, to the Mendocino / Trinity County Line and east of Dyerville Loop Road and Bell Springs Road to the county line.

Evacuation warnings are in effect for all areas west of Bell Springs Road to Highway 101 spanning from Elk Creek Road / Dyerville Loop Road to the Mendocino / Trinity County Line in Southern Humboldt County.

All areas east of Alderpoint Road spanning from State Route 36 to Casterlin Road, not including all properties on Casterlin Road.

Maps of evacuation zones and routes are available at humboldtgov.org/evacmap or humboldtsheriff.org. The Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center continues to staff a Fire Evacuation Information Line at 707-268-2500 for questions regarding current county evacuations and resources.

The fire is now at nearly 756,000 acres and 30 percent contained, although Redheaded Blackbelt reports most of that is on the eastern side of the fire, away from Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino counties, known as the "West Zone," which CalFire reports is currently at 55,000 and 0 containment.
The August Complex-West Zone (which includes Humboldt County) will hold a Virtual Community Meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Questions can be submitted to the Cal Fire Medocino Facebook: @CALFIREMEU, which will live stream the meeting.




Evacuation order and warning locations are determined by Cal Fire. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services will notify residents of new orders or warnings via Humboldt Alert, online at humboldtsheriff.org and on the HumCoOES social media pages.

Road Closures

The following roads remain closed: Alderpoint Road from Fort Seward Road to Dyerville Loop Road. Bell Springs Road from Alderpoint Road to the countyline.

Other Information

  • Evacuation for animals Humboldt: “If you have a need to evacuate animals please contact the Humboldt County Fairgrounds to arrange for drop off. HCF is also arranging for trailers if needed to transport animals. Please call 707-496-8841.”
  • Evacuations for animals Mendocino:
    • The Laytonville rodeo grounds are open for livestock. They are located at Harwood Road Laytonville, call ahead at 707-984-8100
    • Covelo Rodeo Grounds for small/large animals/livestock (22830 S. Airport Road in Covelo)
  • Evacuation place for Trinity residents: Humboldt Fairgrounds in Ferndale.
  • Evacuation place for Humboldt residents:
      • The Mateel Community Center located at 59 Rusk Lane will be open as an evacuation shelter this Wednesday afternoon and as needed. “Small pets are welcome with leashes outside the hall, no pets are allowed inside the hall due to potential allergy reactions for some individuals. For more information about the ongoing fire evacuation center located at the Mateel visit mateel.org.
      • The Humboldt County Fairgrounds is an evacuation point for Humboldt and Trinity residents, but is no longer acting as an overnight site due to a lack of demand. Water, Red Cross resources, pet boarding, fire information, livestock services and restrooms will still be available.
    • Redwood Acres is preparing to take in fire evacuees, both livestock and those who have an RV or are willing to camp. There is a chance that the Red Cross may want to set up a station.
    • Fire Evacuation Information Line at 707-268-2500 for questions regarding current county evacuations and resources.
  • Evacuation place for Mendocino Residents-
    • Covelo High School for people (76280 High School Street)
    • The Laytonville rodeo grounds are open for livestock. They are located at Harwood Road Laytonville, call ahead at 707-984-8100 Harwood Hall is also open for residents feeling the Hopkins fire. They are located 44400 Willis Ave, Laytonville

How You Can Help:

  • GoFundMe for Trinity County’s Southern Trinity VFD. Click here.
  • If you would like to donate, the addresses for Southern Humboldt Fire Departments can be accessed by clicking here.
  • To volunteer or donate to assist regional wildfire evacuees, please contact:
Read the county OES release below: 
Evacuation warnings and orders remain in effect for southern Humboldt County as fire crews work to contain the August Complex West Zone, just east of the county line.

The Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center continues to staff a Fire Evacuation Information Line at 707-268-2500 for questions regarding current county evacuations and resources.

CURRENT SITUATION As of Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at 7 a.m. the August Complex West Zone has not jumped the Eel River and has not entered Humboldt County. Fire crews continue working today to keep the fire east of the Eel River and out of the county away from populated areas.

According to Cal Fire, the August Complex West Zone is currently 55,010 acres and 0 percent contained. The agency has not set a date or time for the lifting of Humboldt County evacuation orders. Cal Fire has established a fire information line for questions related to fire activity, containment and resources at (707) 355-4926. Information can also be found online at https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/16/august-complex-includes-doe-fire/.

NEW INFORMATION
Day-Access Permits Now Being Issued for Licensed Agriculture and Livestock Farmers in the Evacuation Order Zone Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, the Humboldt County Planning & Building Department will be issuing single-day access passes to licensed agriculture and livestock farmers allowing temporary entry to properties within the county’s evacuation order zone.

These passes will allow licensed farmers temporary day access to check on the wellbeing of property and care for livestock and crops. One vehicle per pass will be authorized to enter the evacuation order zone beginning at 10 A.M. and must exit the evacuation order zone by 6 P.M. that same day. Farmers must obtain passes daily at the Planning & Building Department Office located at 3156 Redwood Drive, Redway, CA 95560 beginning at 10 A.M.


In order to receive a daily pass, farmers must show valid identification which must match the owner listed on the permit of operations for the property. Law enforcement staffed at road closures will check the passes upon entry and exit of the evacuation order zone. Passes are approved by Cal Fire on a daily basis. Some licensed farmers may not be approved to access the evacuation zone due to proximity of the fire and conditions on that particular day.

For questions about the evacuation zone access passes, please contact: Humboldt County Planning & Building - Redway Office: 707-383-4100 Humboldt County Planning & Building - Eureka Office: 707-445-7541 Northern California Regional Evacuation Shelter returns to

Temporary Evacuation Point The Northern California Regional Evacuation Shelter at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale is discontinuing overnight sheltering operations due to the absence of demand for on-site overnight sheltering of evacuees.

The Humboldt County Fairgrounds will return to functioning as a Temporary Evacuation Point for persons evacuated from Humboldt and Trinity counties due to wildfire activity. The Temporary Evacuation Point will continue providing the following services to evacuees: Water, Fire information, Restrooms, Red Cross services, Livestock and small pet boarding.

Evacuees in need to overnight sheltering will be connected with Red Cross personnel to arrange off-site accommodations.

Virtual Community Meetings Scheduled for North and West Zones of Fire August Complex-North Zone

The August Complex-North Zone will hold a Virtual Community Meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 to provide a fire overview and to allow the public to ask questions.

If you would like questions answered during the virtual public meeting, please submit them through the social media channels listed below. The meeting will be live streamed on: Shasta-Trinity National Forest Facebook @ShastaTrinityNF Six Rivers National Forest Facebook @SixRiversNF Mendocino National Forest Facebook @MendocinoNF

August Complex-West Zone The August Complex-West Zone will hold a Virtual Community Meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 to provide a fire overview and to allow the public to ask questions.

If you would like questions answered during the virtual public meeting, please submit them through the social media channel listed below. The meeting will be live streamed on: Cal Fire Medocino Facebook: @CALFIREMEU

CURRENT HUMBOLDT COUNTY EVACUATION INFORMATION The following areas are under an EVACUATION ORDER: Areas south of Casterlin Road, including all properties on Casterlin Road, to the Mendocino / Trinity County Line and east of Dyerville Loop Road and Bell Springs Road to the county line The following areas are under an EVACUATION WARNING: All areas west of Bell Springs Road to Highway 101 spanning from Elk Creek Road / Dyerville Loop Road to the Mendocino / Trinity County Line in Southern Humboldt County. All areas east of Alderpoint Road spanning from Highway 36 to Casterlin Road, not including all properties on Casterlin Road. Maps of evacuation zones and routes are available at humboldtgov.org/evacmap or humboldtsheriff.org Evacuation order and warning locations are determined by Cal Fire. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services will notify residents of new orders or warnings via Humboldt Alert, online at humboldtsheriff.org and on the HumCoOES social media pages.

CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS The following roads remain closed: Alderpoint Road from Fort Seward Road to Dyerville Loop Road. Bell Springs Road from Alderpoint Road to the County line.

RESOURCES FOR THE COMMUNITY The Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services is not currently accepting donations. Please do not drop off donations at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds.
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