Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Day-Passes for Farmers in Fire Zones Available

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 9:38 AM

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Starting today, licensed farmers with property in Southern Humboldt's August Complex evacuation zone can obtain one-day passes from the county Planning and Building Department  to check on their crops and livestock.

One vehicle per pass will be allowed to visit sites in the evacuation zone between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The passes will be available at the county’s Redway office, 3156 Redwood Dr. Individuals will be required to show ID that must match the owner listed on a property’s permits.

“Law enforcement staffed at road closures will check the passes upon entry and exit of the evacuation order zone,” the county release states. 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, contact:

Humboldt County Planning & Building - Redway Office: 707-383-4100

Humboldt County Planning & Building - Eureka Office: 707-445-7541

Humboldt County Evacuation Information Line: 707-268-2500

Read the full release below:



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 well being 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

Humboldt County Evacuation Information Line: 707-268-2500

For more information regarding the August Complex West Zone’s current impact on Humboldt County and current evacuation areas, please go to humboldtsheriff.org, visit @HumCoOES on Facebook and Twitter, or call 707-268-2500.

For the latest August Complex West Fire information: humboldtsheriff.org

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