Tuesday, September 29, 2020

UPDATE: August Complex FB Meeting; Smoky Skies Continue

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 2:56 PM

click to enlarge Smoky skies in Eureka. - DAVID WILSON
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  • Smoky skies in Eureka.
UPDATE: The virtual public meeting for the Slater and Devil Fires scheduled for 6 p.m. has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later time.

Smoke-filled skies are creating unhealthy to very unhealthy conditions over much of the region, with some areas expected to see improvements this afternoon while other expected to worsen.

Hoopa, Weitchpec, Willow Creek, Fortuna, Garberville and Shelter Cove areas are under air quality advisories.

Red Salmon: Locations along the coast (mid and northern Humboldt) are expected to see improving conditions as a westerly breeze pushes smoke east later this afternoon. Areas north and east of the Red Salmon fire will generally see smoke increasing later in day and overnight as smoke drifts north and east. Smoke from Red Salmon is expected to extend farther north and east.

August Complex: Smoke will settle into valleys each night and morning and may be slow to lift or remain in place the entire day. This will lead to worsening smoke impacts and poor air quality across Southern Humboldt and Trinity County. Air quality will be highly dependent on fire activity from the August Complex as well as other fires burning regionally.

Slater/Devil Fire: Higher level transport winds will have a southerly component and will carry smoke from the very active fires to the south, northward into the Del Norte area starting this afternoon. Smoke  is anticipated to pool in the Klamath drainage this evening/overnight. Coastal Del Norte communities will also experience moderate impacts.

See the press releases below for more: Fire Updates

Red Salmon Complex:
120,236 acres, 31 percent containment

The fire complex burning just northeast of Willow Creek has grown by over 3,500 acres since yesterday’s report, and now spans more than 120,000 acres of mostly national forest lands and remains 31 percent contained.

There will be two community meetings on the Red Salmon Complex fires: On Wednesday Sept. 30, community meetings will be held in Forks of Salmon (11 a.m. at the Middle School) and in Cecilville (1:30 p.m. at the Community Center). A community meeting will also be held in the Hoopa Valley, time/date TBD.

"Hot and dry weather continues through the week," today's update says. "Winds will subside. The incident fire behavior analyst anticipates that interior unburned islands of fuels and uncontrolled fire edges will continue to readily burn. This and other fires may produce smoke accumulation in several local communities."

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Department established an Evacuation Warning for the community of Denny. An Evacuation Warning remains in place for Forks of Salmon. All residents and visitors should be prepared to evacuate.

For more on the update, read the press release below:
August Complex:
938,044 acres (all zones), 43 percent containment


Shasta-Trinity, Six Rivers, and Mendocino National Forests will host a virtual community meeting this evening at 7:30 p.m. via Facebook Live
(https://www.facebook.com/events/2749090628665615/). The Incident Management Team and cooperating agencies will discuss the current fire status and projected plans.

And in Humboldt County, evacuation warnings have been issued for the following communities: 
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Areas east of Alderpoint Road, spanning south from Showers Pass Road to Harris Road, and all communities east of Harris Road spanning south from Alderpoint Road to Pipe Creek, including the community of Fort Seward.

Areas east of Bell Springs Road to the Trinity County border and south of Pipe Creek to the Mendocino County border. Residents should prepare for potential evacuations, including personal supplies and overnight accommodations. Be ready to go at a moment’s notice. More information will follow if an Evacuation Order is issued.

Residents are asked to prepare now and not to call 911 for wildfire information, a wildfire evacuation line can be reached at 707-268-2500.

Trinity County issued evacuation orders for: • Ruth and Ruth Lake • Forest Glen • Post Mountain/Trinity Pines • Three Forks • Hettenshaw Valley • Lower Mad River Road • Mad River • Zenia area

"Yesterday, the fire continued to be wind driven to the west and southwest prompting evacuation orders and warnings being expanded in Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino Counties," the update reads. "Firefighters worked in extremely difficult terrain, performing structure defense and constructing both indirect and direct containment line in the Travis Ranch area. Overnight, the fire was extremely active north of Travis Ranch and east of Zenia where firefighters were faced with the fire making uphill terrain driven runs."

For more information on the West Zone of the August Complex, call (707) 355-4926.

Slater and Devil Fires:
154,180 (Slater), 42 percent containment
8,410 (Devil), 18 percent containment

The Northern Rockies Team 2 Incident Management Team will hold a virtual
public meeting tonight at 6 p.m. Fire managers and representatives from
the community will provide an update on the fire situation, evacuations
and closures, and county services. A meeting Update: Cancelled.

The Red Flag Warning ended yesterday at 8 p.m.

For more on the Slater/Devil Fires update, read the press release below:
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