Saturday, August 6, 2022

Trinity County Issues Evacuation Orders as Six Rivers Lightning Complex Grows

Posted By on Sat, Aug 6, 2022 at 12:41 PM

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Officials have issued more evacuation orders on the outskirts of Willow Creek as the Six Rivers Lightning Complex Fire continues to grow.

The group of 11 different fires caused by lightning strikes before dawn on Aug. 5 continues burn in steep, dry terrain, spreading with little containment. The U.S. Forest Service is managing the fire response, bringing equipment and personnel from across the state and region to work with local crews.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office issued evacuation orders for three zones east of Willow Creek — HUM-EO77-c, HUM-EO58 and HUM-EO61 — yesterday. (To exactly where the zones are, click here.) Evacuation warnings, meanwhile, mean in effect for other areas to the east and south of Willow Creek.

The Trinity County Sheriff's Office, meanwhile, issued an evacuation order for communities just across the Humboldt-Trinity county line, including Salyer Loop, Salyer Heights, Orchard Lane and Campbell Ridge Road.


An evacuation center has been set up at Trinity Valley Elementary School (730 State Route 96 in Willow Creek).

"We are making good progress on a few of the fires, but there are several that are challenging to address," Six Rivers National Forest reported on Facebook late this morning. "We are working to keep them as small as possible and still working on keeping them out of the larger community centers and from growing together to the extent that is safe and reasonably possible."

Yesterday, area residents reported planes and helicopters were filling the sky, dropping water and fire retardant over the fires. The fires have grown to cover more than 500 acres combined, but the U.S. Forest Service has identified the Campbell Fire burning near Salyer and the Oak Fire south of Willow Creek as the top priorities. The Bremer Fire, meanwhile, is the closest to Willow Creek.

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(See the U.S. Forest Service post below for detailed information on where — and how big — each of the fires are.)

From the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:

August 6, 2022 | Humboldt OES Six Rivers Lightning Complex Fire Response Daily Update
Six Rivers Lightning Complex Fire UPDATE
Evacuation warnings and orders remain in effect for areas east and south of Willow Creek as fire crews work to contain the Six Rivers Lightning Complex Fire.

CURRENT SITUATION
The Six Rivers Lightning Complex Fire is made up of 11 fires around the Willow Creek area. The fires are burning in areas of steep terrain and dry conditions. The incident response is being managed by the United States Forest Service - Six Rivers National Forest. Today resources from CAL FIRE have been deployed to assist in the firefighting efforts.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies continue to patrol the areas under evacuation order to notify residents of the order and conduct looting prevention.

EVACUATION INFORMATION
An EVACUATION ORDER remains in effect for zones: HUM-E077-C, HUM-E058, HUM-E061

ZONE DESCRIPTIONS:
HUM-E077-C:
NORTH OF Forest Route 5n32
SOUTH OF Friday Ridge Road, South Fork Road
EAST OF Forest Route 5n37
WEST OF South Fork Road, Carpenter Road

HUM-E061:
NORTH OF Forest Route 7n15
SOUTH OF Seeley Mc Intosh Road
EAST OF Seeley Mc Intosh Road, Campbell Ridge Road
WEST OF Forest Route 7n15

HUM-E058:
NORTH OF Forest Route 7n15
SOUTH OF Horse Linto Creek Road
EAST OF Peach Tree Lane
WEST OF Coon Creek Rd, Forest Route 7n15

An EVACUATION WARNING remains in effect for zones: HUM-E063, HUM-E064, HUM-E077-B.

ZONE DESCRIPTIONS:
HUM-E063:
NORTH OF Forest Route 6n39, Friday Ridge Road
SOUTH OF Forest Rt 6n33
EAST OF Friday Ridge Road
WEST OF Friday Ridge Road, Riteway Lane

HUM-E064:
NORTH OF Trinity Highway, Wood Lane, Friday Ridge Road
SOUTH OF Campbell Ridge Road, Triple R Lane, Butterfly Creek Road, Kimberly Drive, Trinity Highway
EAST OF Trinity Highway
WEST OF Wood Lane, Campbell Ridge Road

HUM-E077-B:
NORTH OF Friday Ridge Road, Forest Route 5n01
SOUTH OF Friday Ridge Road
EAST OF 5n10, 5n09, 5n27
WEST OF South Fork Road, Forest Route 5n42

WILDFIRE ADVISORIES remain in effect for the following zones in the Willow Creek area: HUM-E031, HUM-E032, HUM-E054, HUM-E055, HUM-E056, HUM-E057, HUM-E059, HUM-E060, HUM-E062

Maps of evacuation zones and routes are available at community.zonehaven.com.


CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS
State Route 299 remains open to through traffic. Residents are encouraged to visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ to check for state highway closures.

The following roads into evacuation zones have been closed. Residents may still use these roads to travel out of evacuation order zones:
Horse Linto Creek Road at Saddle Lane
Seeley McIntosh Road at Country Club Road
Friday Ridge Road at Sandy Bar

RESOURCES FOR THE COMMUNITY
A Red Cross Overnight Evacuation Shelter has been established at Trinity Valley Elementary School, located at 730 Highway 96, Willow Creek, for evacuees displaced by the Six Rivers Lightning Complex Fire.

The Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services is not currently accepting donations. To volunteer or donate to assist our community, please contact:
Pay it Forward Humboldt
Phone Number: 707-616-9191
Email Address: info@pifhumboldt.org



RESTRICTED AREA ACCESS PASS
The registration period for an Ag or CannAg Restricted Area Access Pass has closed. Pass holders will be contacted by the Office of Emergency Services when it is deemed safe enough to enter evacuation zones to conduct operations as authorized by the program.

SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS
Humboldt County residents are 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 or other emergency incident. Residents can sign up by going to: humboldtgov.org/alerts.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information regarding the Six Rivers Lightning Complex Fire, current impact and evacuation areas, please go to humboldtsheriff.org/emergency or visit @HumCoOES on Facebook and Twitter.

From the U.S. Forest Service:

Six Rivers Lightning Complex UPDATE 8/6/2022 11:50am
***EVACUATION ORDERS ARE UNDERWAY*** If you are located in a evacuation order area leave NOW.
Click the links below for up to date Evacuation Information:
Humboldt: Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services
Trinity: Trinity County Office of Emergency Services
11 confirmed fires. A lot of resources really appreciate the support from our neighbors and North Ops. We are light on management, for the amount of resources we have. Fogler was able to send two operations to help. Additionally, CalFire has provided several Divisions, a Strike Team of engines and a few dozers to help provide support and leadership to help fill the gap until the Incident Management Team arrives on Sunday. Really appreciate our local Unit Chief (Kurt McCray) and the CalFire Regional office for augmenting some of our key needs.
We are making good progress on a few of the fires, but there are several that are challenging to address. We are working to keep them as small as possible and still working on keeping them out out of the larger community centers and from growing together to the extent that is safe and reasonably possible.
WATERMAN: Approx. 75 acres. Fire is located northeast of Willow Creek on Waterman Ridge Road 7N02 Forest Route 4.
CEDAR: Approx 80 acres. Hose lay around fire. Multiple resources on-scene, engines, watertender, and hotshot crew. Additional resources in-route. Fire is located near Waterman Fire.
BREMER: 15 acres. Four engines and one hotshot crew. Fire is located northeast of Willow Creek on ridgetop above the Bigfoot Subdivision.
CAMPBELL: Approx. 100+ acres. Fire is seeing a flare up and larger column. New evacuation orders for Salyer Heighs, Salyer Loop Road, Campbell Creek Road. Fire is located south of Willow Creek on the west side of Campbell Ridge above Campbell Ridge Road. Mad River Hotshots on scene. (Bravo and Campbell fires grew together over night. Now one fire.)
FRIDAY: Fire is located south of Willow Creek ½ mile up Friday Ridge Rd from Hwy 299.
OAK: 200 acres. Fire is located south of Willow Creek. Near FS Road 5N31 and 6N20.
CHARLIE: Contained. Hose lay and hand line around fire. Located south of Willow Creek near the Oak Fire and along FS Road 6N20.
PRAIRIE: Contained. Cal Fire jurisdiction. Located east of Maple Creek, near Rooster Rock and Snow Camp Mountain. CalFire has stopped the forward progress of the Prairie Fire.


From the Trinity County Sheriff's Office:

Per the Trinity County Sheriff's Office an EVACUATION ORDER is being issued for the following areas; Salyer Loop down to the bridge at Highway 299, Salyer Heights, Orchard Lane, and Campbell Ridge Road. Please use caution while evacuating, safety personnel and vehicles will be in the area.

Evacuation Center is at Trinity Valley Elementary School 730 N Highway 96 Willow Creek, CA 95573.
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