Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Supes Declare Wildfire Emergency

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 4:01 PM

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The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors today declared a local emergency due to the wildfires burning in the region.

The August Complex West Zone has prompted evacuation orders and warnings in the Southern Humboldt area as firefighters work to keep the flames out of Humboldt and east of the Eel River. The Red Salmon Complex is impacting the Hoopa and Willow Creek areas, as crew continue to protect local communities from the blaze. 

“The declaration allows for the county to seek state and federal reimbursement for fire damage repairs and other associated impacts,” a news release states. “The amount of funding depends on the agencies that assist, including the State of California and federal government.”

click to enlarge Photo of the Red Salmon Complex. - RED SALMON COMPLEX FACEBOOK PAGE
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  • Photo of the Red Salmon Complex.

Read the full release below:



Today, Sept. 15, 2020, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors authorized the declaration of a Local Emergency as a result of the wildfires burning in the region.

The August Complex West Zone Fire continues to burn east of Humboldt County and has prompted evacuation warnings and orders for residents in the southeastern portion of the county. 

The declaration allows for the county to seek state and federal reimbursement for fire damage repairs and other associated impacts. The amount of funding depends on the agencies that assist, including the State of California and federal government.

The County of Humboldt is requesting all available response and recovery assistance from the State of California and its agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission, and the United States government and it’s agencies, as deemed appropriate by the Governor of California, including funding under the California Disaster Assistance Act and the federal Stafford Act.

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.

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