Thursday, October 8, 2020

Air Quality Advisory Issued; Fire Updates

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 12:56 PM

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The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District has issued an advisory for Orleans, Weithcpec, Hoopa and Willow Creek until tomorrow morning.

According to today's report, Weitchpec, Hoopa and Willow Creek will see very unhealthy air quality while Orleans will see unhealthy air quality.

Meanwhile, areas from Rio Dell to Trinidad will see unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups with clearing today, but heavy smoke is possible overnight.  Fortuna will see unhealthy for sensitive groups with clearing today, but heavy smoke is possible overnight, while Orleans will see unhealthy air quality conditions, likely improving tomorrow afternoon. Bridgeville will see unhealthy for sensitive groups with periods of unhealthy conditions. Garberville and Redway will have moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups this morning, then improvement in the afternoon.

Red Salmon Complex — 138,643 acres, 34 percent containment

Firefighters are assessing the fireline options along the Mazzuchi Road to keep the fire from moving downhill to the South Fork of the Salmon River in the north and northeast zone of the fire.

South of the fire, crews continue defensive burning operations near the New River/East Fork of New River confluence using an unmanned aircraft system, which will help firefighters extinguish fires in extremely steep slopes and increases the ability for operations after dark.

Residents should expect temporary closures of Cecilville Road due to firefighting operations and poor visibility. Areas and roads within and near the fire perimeter on the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Trinity National Forests are closed.

August Complex —  1,017,546 acres, 62 percent containment

According to today's report, southwest winds are favorable in the Northwest Zone of the August Complex fire, which is pushing the fire back on itself.

Firefighters are monitoring and patrolling containment lines around the Ruth Lake area, including north of Journey’s End, and are constructing a direct line from west of Van Duzen to Mule Ridge. In the old Lassics Fire footprint, crews in the area are focusing on improving lines from Coffee Pot north to Goat Hill and up to Mule Ridge.

Effective today, the State Route 36 road closure at the Humboldt County Line will be moved east to highway 36 and the Mad River Road. However, Highway 36 east of the Mad River Road to Highway 3 will remain on a hard closure. The Mad River Road South of Highway 36 will also stay closed.

Slater fire — 155,726 acres and 67 percent containment

On the northern flank, crews are focused on mop-up, patrol and structure defense along fire lines, while steadily increasing containment depths. On the southern flank, crews are patrolling, monitoring, and reinforcing containment lines in Happy Camp up to Kelly Lake, while also focusing on containing spot fires, as well as increasing the depth of containment.

Devil Fire — 8,755 acres and 32 percent containment

According to today's report, the Devil fire area has mostly been obscured by smoke which is limiting opportunities for accurate monitoring. Fire crews continue to work on mop-up and are patrolling along the northern and southern areas of the fire, with lines holding along the Butte Fork of the Applegate River, 1040 Road, and Pacific Crest Trail. Crews continue patrolling the southeast flank, building fire line into the Fort Goff Creek area.

The Klamath, Six Rivers, and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests have issued fire area closure orders for the Slater and Devil Fires.

Read the full updates below.

NCUAQMD Air Quality Updates  Red Salmon Complex Update 
August Complex Fire
Devil Slater Fire 
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