Tuesday, August 31, 2021

UPDATE: 'Leave Now for Your Safety:' New Evacuation Orders for Knob Fire near Willow Creek

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2021 at 2:51 PM

click to enlarge The glow of the Monument Fire through the trees at night. - PHOTO BY CHRIS AYER, CORONA FIRE DEPARTMENT
  • Photo by Chris Ayer, Corona Fire Department
  • The glow of the Monument Fire through the trees at night.
SECOND UPDATE:

The evacuation order has been expanded again to include areas east of State Route 299 to the Trinity River, south of Butterfly Creek Road to Friday Ridge Road, due to shifting winds and increased fire activity on the northeast flank of the Knob Fire, according to the Humboldt County’s Sheriff’s Office in a 3:15 p.m. update.


UPDATE:

The Knob Fire evacuation order has been expanded to all areas east of Brushy Mountain Lookout Road/Forest Route 6N08A to Highway 299, south of Butterfly Creek Road to the end of Forest Route 6N20.

“Leave now for your safety,” a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office post states.

PREVIOUS:
The Knob Fire has grown to 1,000 acres, with 0 percent containment, since starting Sunday near Willow Creek, prompting evacuation orders and warnings in the area and leaving about 1,100 people without power.

The cause has not been determined and the estimated containment date is Oct. 3.

Evacuation orders are in effect for areas east of Brushy Mountain Lookout Road to State Route 299, south of Butterfly Creek Road to Friday Ridge Road.

Evacuation warnings are in effect for areas east of Boise Creek to the Trinity River, south of Panther Creek Road to Butterfly Creek Road and east of State Route 299 to the Trinity River, south of Butterfly Creek Road to Friday Ridge Road as well as areas east of Forest Route 6N39 to the South Fork Trinity River, south of Friday Ridge Road to Old Campbell Creek.

China Creek Road at Hodgson Road, Burwood Drive at State Route 299 and Gypo Lane at State Route 299 haved been closed due to the fire but may be used by residents who are evacuating.

An evacuation center is now operating at the McKinleyville Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 1200 Central Avenue. Services available include overnight sheltering, restrooms, water and Red Cross services.

Domestic and large animal sheltering is available at the Hoopa Rodeo Grounds, located on Pine Creek Road in Hoopa.

As of 8 a.m., State Route 299 was still open but travelers are encouraged to visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ to check for state highway closures.

More information regarding the Knob Fire, current impact and evacuation areas, can be found at humboldtsheriff.org, @HumCoOES on Facebook and Twitter, or by calling 707-268-2500.

Read the HCSO release below and find the Knob Fire incident page here:
Evacuation warnings and orders remain in effect for the China Creek and Friday Ridge areas as fire crews work to contain the Knob Fire near Willow Creek.

CURRENT SITUATION

The Knob Fire originated Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. It is burning in timber, brush and grass. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is leading fire suppression efforts. According to the USFS, as of 8 a.m. August 31, the Knob Fire is approximately 800 acres and 0% contained.

According to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, approximately 1,100 customers are without power as of 8 a.m. August 31. See outage map:

https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outages/map/ Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies continue to patrol the mandatory evacuation zone and liaise with the USFS Incident Management Team.

EVACUATION INFORMATION

An EVACUATION ORDER remains in effect for: Areas east of Brushy Mountain Lookout Road to Highway 299, south of Butterfly Creek Road to Friday Ridge Road. An EVACUATION WARNING remains in effect for: Areas east of Boise Creek to the Trinity River, south of Panther Creek Road to Butterfly Creek Road. Areas east of Hwy 299 to the Trinity River, south of Butterfly Creek Road to Friday Ridge Road. Areas east of Forest Route 6N39 to the South Fork Trinity River, south of Friday Ridge Road to Old Campbell Creek.

A map of evacuation zones is available at tinyurl.com/humcoevacmap

CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS

The following road closures are in effect related to the Knob Fire: China Creek Road at Hodgson Road; Burwood Drive at State Route 299; Gypo Lane at State Route 299. The above routes are closed to entering traffic, but may be used by residents to leave the area in compliance with the evacuation order.

State Route 299 is currently open as of 8 a.m. Residents are encouraged to visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ to check for state highway closures.

RESOURCES FOR THE COMMUNITY

An Evacuation Center has been opened at the McKinleyville Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 1200 Central Avenue, McKinleyville, for evacuees. Resources available at this location include: Overnight sheltering; Restrooms; Water; Red Cross services.

Domestic and large animal sheltering is available at the Hoopa Rodeo Grounds, located on Pine Creek Road in Hoopa.

Voting Information for Wildfire Evacuees:

https://humboldtgov.org/2946/38197/Press-Releases-Notices-Recall2021

FOR MORE INFORMATION Additional updates will be issued via press release as needed. For more information regarding the Knob Fire, current impact and evacuation areas, please go to humboldtsheriff.org, visit @HumCoOES on Facebook and Twitter, or call 707-268-2500.


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