Monday, September 21, 2020

Wildfire Evacuation Warnings Lifted for Humboldt

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 12:42 PM

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Evacuation warnings for swaths of Southern Humboldt were lifted today, according to the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services.

The county fire phone line for evacuation information has been disconnected for now but Humboldt County residents are asked to stay “ready” during this fire season.

The warnings were prompted by the West Zone of the August Complex burning in neighboring Trinity and Mendocino counties, which is now at 94,000 acres. and 20 percent contained The National Guard has been called in to help battle the blaze.

The areas that had been under an evacuation warning are those 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.

Also, 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 and areas east of Alderpoint Road spanning from Highway 36 to Casterlin Road, not including all properties on Casterlin Road.

Affected roads have been reopened.

“Overnight fire behavior was moderate with creeping, backing and smoldering,” today’s update states. “Active fire occurred in the southwest portion due to successful firing operations to fill in unburned islands.”

Read the OES release below: 
All evacuation warnings in Humboldt County related to the August Complex West Zone have been lifted and affected roads have been reopened. As of Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, the virtual Temporary Evacuation Point at 707-268-2500 will be discontinued.

Should a need arise for county services related to wildfire activity, the county Fire Information Line and virtual Temporary Evacuation Point may be re-instated. Humboldt County residents are reminded to stay “ready” this fire season by maintaining defensible space, hardening your home and having a Wildfire Action Plan. Learn more and get your family ready for wildfire at readyforwildfire.org.

Residents are also encouraged to sign up for Humboldt Alert to receive local emergency notifications, including information regarding evacuations and emergency sheltering in the event of a wildfire, flood or other emergency incident. Residents can sign up by going to: humboldtgov.org/alerts. For more information about how you can prepare for local emergencies, follow @HumCoOES on Facebook and Twitter or visit humboldtsheriff.org.
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