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Friday, October 23, 2020

Eureka Bar Owner Decries 'Selective Enforcement' After Knowingly, Repeatedly Violating COVID Orders

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 5:16 PM

The city of Eureka has threatened to fine a local venue as much as $5,000 per violation if it continues with a scheduled burlesque and heavy metal show tomorrow night that would be in violation of state and county COVID-19 health orders, which still prohibit live entertainment performances.
The Siren's Song Tavern in pre-COVID times. - FILE
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  • The Siren's Song Tavern in pre-COVID times.

Eureka Interim City Manager Miles Slattery said city code enforcement officials reached out to Siren’s Song Tavern owner JD Pegg yesterday after the county’s Joint Information Center informed city officials that it had contacted Pegg three times to notify him live performances remain prohibited but the venue had continued to schedule and advertise live shows, including karaoke nights and local bands. The county has tried the education angle to no avail, Slattery said, so the city’s code enforcement unit contacted Pegg to warn he could face fines of up to $5,000 per violation and potentially misdemeanor citations for operation in violation of the county’s health order.

“Hopefully, this gets his attention,” Slattery said. “This guy could care less. It’s just sad to me. First of all, it’s unfair. There’s plenty of other locations that would like to be doing the same but are following the rules. … If they continue to pursue (the show), we’ll have to take further action.”

Reached by the Journal this morning, Pegg, however, contended that if someone is being treated unfairly, it’s him. Striking a defiant tone, Pegg said the state and local orders prohibiting live performances are unfair to venues in comparatively low risk areas of the state, like Humboldt County, and that he’s fallen victim to “selective enforcement” that allows other venues flaunt the rules while he has been repeatedly contacted and threatened with fines.
“You know how much spread we’ve caused? Zero,” he said. “We’ve been doing live events for three fucking months now. Have we caused an outbreak? Has the Fortuna school district that’s been in session for months now? No. … There’s no fucking COVID here. There’s like 17 cases and they’re all at home. They’re not going out for fucking drinks. I don’t deal in hypotheticals, I deal in reality. That’s what all this COVID shit is, is hypothetical.”

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Local Tribes Sponsor Day of Action for Removal of Klamath Dams

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 4:31 PM

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Members of the Karuk, Yurok, Klamath and Hoopa Valley Tribes including different organizations throughout the U.S. are sponsoring a day of action for the removal of the Klamath dams on Friday, Oct. 23, demanding that Warren Buffet, owner of PacifiCorp and the Klamath River dams, keep his promise to remove the four dams.

In 2016, PacifiCorp had agreed to remove the hydroelectric dams from the Klamath River, however, in July the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that PacifiCorp could not simply hand-off the dams to a nonprofit created to remove them, which left the corporation wanting to renegotiate the terms of the agreement of the removal of the dams, halting a four-year battle to get the dams removed.

“It’s clear to us that Pacificorp is intentionally stalling the dam removal process in order to hold on to these monuments of colonialism and tools of genocide,” said  Yurok Tribal member, Annelia Hillman from the Klamath Justice Coalition. “They have an opportunity to set an example for how corporate America should treat
communities of color and Native Tribes. Instead they seem determined to destroy salmon, communities, and economies at the expense of their own customers. We refuse to accept this fate. The dams must come down.”
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To join the virtual rally at 3:3o p.m., register at tinyurl.com/Mobilize4water. For more information on the Klamath Justice Coalition and other events visit californiasalmon.org.

Read the full press release below.

Warren Buffett Target of Klamath River Day of Action

Tribal people, Fishermen, Conservationists Will Host Actions in at least four major cities and online calling for Klamath Dam Removal on Oct. 23rd

Klamath, California - Members of the Karuk, Yurok, Klamath and Hoopa Valley Tribes, fishermen, Klamath river users, and non-government organizations from throughout the nation are sponsoring a day of action for Klamath dam removal on October 23. They are demanding that Warren Buffet, the owner of  Pacific Power and the Klamath River dams, keep his promise to remove the dams.

“It’s clear to us that Pacificorp is intentionally stalling the dam removal process in order to hold on to these monuments of colonialism and tools of genocide,” said Yurok Tribal member, Annelia Hillman from the Klamath Justice Coalition. “They have an opportunity to set an example for how corporate America should treat communities of color and Native Tribes. Instead they seem determined to destroy salmon, communities, and economies at the expense of their own customers. We refuse to accept this fate. The dams must come down!”

The groups are calling on  everyone who is committed to the survival of Pacific Salmon, Native American rights and clean water  to join them. A virtual rally and COVID-safe actions are being planned in several cities, includingWarren Buffett’s hometown Omaha, Nebraska. The day of action will also include educational outreach and efforts to block Berkshire Hathaway from brokering business deals in other cities. People and organizations from Seattle, Portland, Oregon, Klamath, Washington DC, San Diego and other cities plan to participate.

“Tribal members are not going to allow corporate America to break agreements and contracts with our people in the same manner as the United States has with treaties.” said Thomas Joseph, a Hoopa Valley Tribal member who is driving to Omaha to rally with Nebraska Tribes. “Warren Buffet and Berkshire Hathaway have agreed to these dam removals and they must keep their word.”

The plan to remove four lower Klamath River dams appeared to be on track to start by 2022 until July 16, 2020, when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made the decision to partially transfer the Klamath dams to a dam removal entity and conditioned that PacifiCorp remained a co-licensee. Now, PacifiCorp says they might not remove the dams despite having collected $200 million from its ratepayers dam removal. The State of California has also earmarked $250 million in bond funding to support the project. PacifiCorp has indicated it is concerned about the potential for ongoing liability if it remains on the dam license when the facilities are removed.

“PacifiCorp committed to taking down the Klamath River dams by 2020. They collected the money to remove the dams and received state permits for dam removal, but now claim the deal is not good enough," said Regina Chichizola from Save California Salmon. "Buffett is the fourth richest man in the world. One of Berkshire Hathaway’s top shareholders is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates is the second richest man in the world. The nonprofit charged with removing the dams has already developed the most comprehensive liability protection packages for any dam removal project in history. We will not allow them to act like upstanding members of their own communities, while they destroy ours. We encourage everyone to plan actions online, and off, and to post videos, photos and their messages using the hashtag #UnDamtheKlamath.”

The Klamath dams promote the growth of toxic algae and contribute to  the collapse of Chinook and coho salmon runs. This has devastated sport, commercial and tribal fishing in the Klamath River and all along the California coast.

Chichizola added that organizers will also join people from the City of San Diego to oppose Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s bid to take over the City of San Diego’s power system. "The City of San Diego should understand that Berkshire Hathaway Energy is not a reliable partner,” she continued. “In addition to constantly moving the ball in negotiations over Klamath dam removal, BHE’s PacifiCorp was sued for starting one, or more, of Oregon and California’s recent wildfires. People who have experience with this company know that they care about profits, not people.”

Save California Salmon's virtual action effort is part of their Mobilizing Water Justice Week of Action with Humboldt State University Native American Studies Department, which will occur every day at 3:30 p.m. from Oct. 19-23 and take on issues such environmental racism in California water decisions, the Delta Tunnels’ impacts on native people, climate and fire, safe drinking water and saving the Klamath salmon. The public can register to attend these virtual events at tinyurl.com/Mobilize4water .

The Klamath Justice Coalition and other organizations will also be hosting vital and in-person actions all day. More information is at californiasalmon.org, @CaliSalmon on Twitter California Rivers on Instagram and Save California Salmon and Klamath Justice Coalition on Facebook. Supporters can register for the event at: tinyul.com/Mobilize4Water.
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Friday, October 16, 2020

Arkley's 'Dog Ranch' Peninsula Property Sold to Conservation Coalition

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2020 at 1:26 PM

The Dog Ranch property's ocean view. - MICHAEL VAN HATTEM
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It turns out “never, ever, ever, ever, ever” isn’t so long after all — sometimes it's a little more than 15 years, in fact.

Back in 2005, after swooping in at the 11th hour to outbid Friends of the Dunes and the Humboldt Bay Harbor District for a 200-acre property on the Samoa Peninsula known as the Dog Ranch, foiling preservation plans, Eureka businessman and billionaire Rob Arkley made no effort to conceal his glee, according to a report in the Journal.

“They got in second place!” he said, adding that one of the first thing he intended to do was fence the property off from public access. “And it’ll never, ever, ever, ever be sold to them. I’m not going to give it to the government agencies. I believe there’s far too much government land.”

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While it’s unclear what prompted the change of heart or wallet, there clearly was a change, as Friends of the Dunes announced yesterday that it, the Harbor District, the Wildlife Conservation Board, the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Coastal Conservancy had completed a deal with Arkley’s Security National Investments X to purchase the property “for the purposes of conservation and public access.” Arkley put the property west of the Samoa Bridge — which included an older home, outbuildings, a ranch facility, a wide swath of sensitive dune habitats and an ecologically significant piece of coastal forest — back on the market in 2014 with an asking price of $2 million. Friends of the Dunes Executive Director Mike Cipra said the final purchase price was “right around” that number.

Cipra, who said he “picked up the keys from Security National this morning,” described the property as special and repeatedly expressed gratitude to the other agencies and organizations involved in the purchase.


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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Humboldt Enters 'New Normal' COVID Ranking

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 3:40 PM

Public Health reported three new confirmed COVID-19 cases today, bringing the county's total to 527.

The case rate is important because it will play a key role in determining whether Humboldt continues to stay in its newly acquired "minimal" risk rating under the state's system, which will allow for more types of businesses to open up and others to expand.

The reason Humboldt became one of seven counties in the lowest risk level is because the county is the one and only place in California to meet a new "equity metric" or "demonstrate targeted investments to eliminate disparities in levels of COVID-19 transmission, depending on its size," under the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

“I want to thank everyone who has taken on this responsibility,” County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said in a release. “Unfortunately, we are not done dealing with COVID-19. It is very likely that counties across California will move up and down through the tiers over time. The good news is that if we keep following prevention measures, our county has a better chance at staying in the lower tiers and keeping most sectors of our business community operating. It will take all of us doing our part to achieve that.”

The county's overall alert level,  in turn, is now at one or the "new normal" risk level green, which is based on spread, the local health care system's capacity and the county's effectiveness of controlling the virus. Visit humboldtgov.org/dashboard to view the county’s Alert Level Assessment tool.

Humboldt currently has a test positivity rate of 1.5 percent and 2 cases per 100,000 individuals, according to data released Tuesday. The statewide level is 7.1 cases per 100,000 and a test positivity rate of 3.2 percent.

Under the lowest risk category, most indoor businesses can reopen but the county can put further restrictions in place, according to the state. Only six other counties in California are in the minimal tier. Read more about what it means here.

To date, Humboldt County has seen 32 hospitalizations and eight deaths. Today's results include the processing of 124 samples.

Basics of COVID-19

The California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, state that symptoms of novel coronavirus include cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or at least two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or a new loss of taste or smell.

Emergency warning signs needing immediate medical attention include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to awaken, and bluish lips or face.

In an emergency situation:

Call ahead to the emergency room or inform the 911 operator of the possibility of a COVID-19 infection and, if possible, put on a face mask.

Symptoms or possible exposure:

In the case of a possible exposure with symptoms — fever and cough or shortness of breath — contact your doctor’s office or the county Department of Health and Human Services, which has a hotline that can be reached during business hours at covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at hhsphb@co.humbldt.ca.us or at (707) 445-6200.

St. Joseph Health has also set up a virtual assessment tool as an aid to assess risk factors for contracting the illness, which can be found at here.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has started a rumor-control webpage that can be found here.

For the Journal's latest COVID stories, updates and information resources, click here.

Read the county's release below.
Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported today, bringing to 527 the total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus.

Humboldt County is now in the “yellow” tier under the state’s four-tier “Blueprint to a Safer Economy,” based on local COVID-19 data. Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said this move demonstrates the county’s dedication to safety measures.

“I want to thank everyone who has taken on this responsibility,” she said. “Unfortunately, we are not done dealing with COVID-19. It is very likely that counties across California will move up and down through the tiers over time. The good news is that if we keep following prevention measures, our county has a better chance at staying in the lower tiers and keeping most sectors of our business community operating. It will take all of us doing our part to achieve that.”

Read more about the county’s current tier assignment at humboldtgov.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3326. Today’s local alert level was lowered to level one or green. Visit humboldtgov.org/dashboard to view the county’s Alert Level Assessment tool. For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during business hours by contacting covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 707-441-5000.
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Supes Allocate $600k for Small Business Program

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 12:32 PM

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved allocating an additional $600,000 to the Small Business Restart and Recovery grant program to help provide relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The board recently extended the program to allow nonprofits and special districts to apply for grants in addition to local small businesses.

According to the county, there are two type of grants available:

The Restart grant provides up to $500 for expenses related to eligible entities drafting/submitting their reopening plan. This grant is available only to those who have had their reopening plans certified and approved by the county.

The Recovery grant provides up to $12,000 to assist with necessary COVID-19 related expenses.

Read the full release below and find more information by clicking here.


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Humboldt Goes 'Minimal' but Ranking Could Be Fleeting

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 11:52 AM

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Humboldt County was the only one in California to meet the state’s newly applied "equity metric," which is meant to ensure certain communities are not disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

That, according to county Health Officer Teresa Frankovich, is what prompted the state to move Humboldt into the “minimal” COVID risk category under California's four-tiered system for determining the level of activity allowed based on test positivity rates and cases per 100,000 individuals.

Under the lowest risk category, most indoor businesses can reopen but the county can put further restrictions in place, according to the state. Read more about what it means here.

In essence, the equity metric requires counties to close gaps in infection rates or hospitalizations and work to address COVID-19 impacts across all  communities, including lower income residents who are more likely to be on frontline jobs and persons of color in order to move forward in the state's tiered system.

Under the latest data, Humboldt has a test positivity rate of 1.5 percent and averages 2 cases per 100,000 individuals, which is above the 1 case per 100,000 threshold a county is supposed to meet in order to be in the minimal category.

The state averages 7.1 cases per 100,000 and a test positivity rate of 3.2 percent.

Frankovich described the new designation as “great news” but also cautioned that it could be fleeting, with an increase in case rates over the next weeks enough to push Humboldt back into a more restrictive tier.

“If we want to stay in yellow, we all have to adhere to the safety measures that have helped get us here,” she said in a news release.

Humboldt is the largest of the seven California counties to reach the minimal level.

Frankovich praised residents and the efforts of Public Health and Emergency Operations Center response staff for Humboldt, the first rural county in the United State to have a confirmed COVID-19 case, to be in the position it is today.

“Living through and navigating this global pandemic has required herculean efforts from our entire community,” she said. “We could not have gotten here if not for this community’s commitment to the health and safety of our friends and neighbors.”


Read the county's release below:
Many local businesses and organizations can now expand services and increase occupancy and capacity limits after the California Department of Public Health moved Humboldt County into the least restrictive “yellow” tier under the state’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.”

Humboldt is the largest of the seven California counties to have achieved yellow tier status. Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said this improvement is a result of county residents practicing COVID-19 safety measures and the work of Public Health and Emergency Operations Center response staff. “

Living through and navigating this global pandemic has required herculean efforts from our entire community,” she said. “We could not have gotten here if not for this community’s commitment to the health and safety of our friends and neighbors.” Tier assignments are based on a county’s COVID-19 case count and positivity rate. Local case and positivity rates are 2.0 and 1.5 respectively.

Humboldt was the only county to meet the state’s Health Equity Metric, which is intended to ensure that no population group is disproportionally impacted by COVID-19. Meeting this metric allowed the county to move into yellow even though its case rate remains in the orange tier.

Dr. Frankovich called this “great news” for the community but warned that it is important for everyone to be aware that an increase in case rate for two weeks will move the county back into a more restrictive tier. “If we want to stay in yellow, we all have to adhere to the safety measures that have helped get us here,” she said. Specific changes to operations under the yellow tier include the following:

Shopping Centers — Common areas may open. Maintain reduced capacity in food courts.

Museums, Zoos and Aquariums — No capacity limit.
Places of Worship — Increased to 50% maximum capacity.
Movie Theatres — Increased to 50% maximum capacity.
Hotels and Lodging — Spa facilities may open.
Fitness centers increased to 50% capacity.
Gyms and Fitness Centers — Saunas, spas and steam rooms may open at 50% capacity.
Restaurants — Increased to 50% maximum capacity.
Wineries — Increased to 50% maximum capacity or 200 people indoors, whichever is fewer.
Bars, Breweries and Distilleries (where no meal is provided) — May operate indoors with modifications and 50% maximum capacity.
Family Entertainment Centers — Increased to 50% maximum capacity. May operate activities that are naturally distanced and enjoyed by a single household unit such as bowling, climbing walls and escape rooms.
Ice and roller skating rinks, bounce houses and ball pits are not allowed currently as the state has not yet released guidance for Indoor Recreation.
Cardrooms, Satellite Wagering — Increased to 50% maximum capacity.

Bars, breweries and distilleries are urged to use caution when resuming indoor operations. Local data places the county right on the edge of the yellow tier. If the county moved back to orange, the state would require these businesses to move outdoors again.

“It’s taken all of us working together to achieve this success, but it wouldn’t take much to move us backward,” Dr. Frankovich said. “Let’s all remain committed to protecting our community’s health and economy by following commonsense safety measures like physical distancing, wearing facial coverings and avoiding gathering with those who live outside of your household unit.”

For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during business hours by contacting covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 707-441-5000. 
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Friday, September 25, 2020

Food for People to Hold SoHum Distributions Tuesday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 4:22 PM

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Due to wildfire evacuations and road closures in Southern Humboldt County, Food for People has rescheduled produce distributions in Redway and Garberville to Tuesday.

From 10:30 a.m. to noon, those in need can receive fresh, free produce at the Garberville Presbyterian Church (437 Maple Lane) and from 1 to 3 p.m. at Redway Baptist Church, which will host a drive through distribution.

Get details on both in the Food for People press release below:


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Ford Sentenced in Cannabis Insurance Embezzlement Case

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 4:06 PM

Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Christopher Wilson sentenced John Ford to serve 90 days in jail and five years probation after the former insurance broker pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement.

An investigation by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, the District Attorney's Office and the California Office of Insurance alleged that Ford contracted with various clients in 2016, including several cannabis businesses looking for insurance policies, but simply pocketed premium payments rather than purchasing policies. He was charged with 13 counts of embezzlement and grand theft.

According to a press release from the DA's office, Ford's sentence includes an order to make restitution payments to all victims.

Read the full press release copied below:

PRESS RELEASE

September 25, 2020

District Attorney Maggie Fleming announced that on September 24, 2020, Judge Christopher Wilson sentenced former insurance broker, John Ray James Ford, to five years of formal probation and 90 days in jail. Mr. Ford pled guilty to violating Penal Code Section 503, felony embezzlement. A client and the client’s attorney first reported misappropriation of funds by Mr. Ford to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO). The HCSO, Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, and the California Department of Insurance then collaborated on an investigation. The investigation revealed that in 2016, Mr. Ford had contracted with various clients, including cannabis-related businesses, to broker insurance policies on their behalf. After receiving premium payments from clients, he either did not put coverage in place or established policies that were subsequently cancelled by the insurer for non-payment. Mr. Ford used the payments from clients for his own business and personal expenses. Mr. Ford’s sentence includes an order to make restitution to all victims.  

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

UPDATE: Slash Pile Fire Burning in Arcata

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 10:04 AM

A slash fire in Arcata last night. It is continuing to burn. - AFD
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  • A slash fire in Arcata last night. It is continuing to burn.
UPDATE:

The Arcata Fire District states the smoldering slash pile on West End Road, which is being allowed to burn down, was still too large to extinguish by water as of 4 p.m. and the situation is being monitored. “Firefighters will continue to check in during this period as well,” the AFD release states. “The business has a water truck at the scene to keep the areas around the pile wet. As of 4 pm, the fire is still too large to extinguish with water and we will reassess the situation tomorrow morning.”

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A slash pile fire that started sometime last night on the 4300 block of West End Road is continuing to burn this morning, causing a large amount of smoke in the Arcata area and occasionally flaming up.

According to the Arcata Fire Department, the report came in just after 11 p.m. of smoke coming from a 100-by-50 foot pile of log strippings. No structures were endangered. AFD crews and employees from the business worked through the night to try to put out the fire using more than 20,000 gallons of water and heavy equipment. But, as of 8 a.m., the fire was still going.

This is the third time in a recent weeks that a decision was made to let a fire burn itself out, which AFD noted is not done lightly. The other two were barn fires. (Read more here and here.)

“Firefighters, (an) air quality official and the business owner determined that the best course of action is to allow the pile to burn.,” the AFD release states. “Although firefighters are no longer at the scene, the slash pile is being monitored, attempts to eliminate the burning slash with heavy equipment continues, and heavy smoke in the area will likely extend throughout the day.”

Read the AFD release below:
Arcata, CA – At just after 11 pm last night, Arcata Fire District was notified of a slash pile burning in the log deck at the 4300 block of West End Road. The report was for smoke coming from a 100 by 50 foot pile of log stripping’s, with no threat to the log deck or structures.

Firefighters, along with employees of the business worked tirelessly through the night to quell the flames using over 20,000 gallons of water and heavy equipment. Water was having minimal impact and it was decided that the equipment would tear the fire apart and continuous application of water was making the smoke worse.

As of this morning at 8 am, the fire continues to burn resulting in a large amount of lingering smoke and occasional flames. Firefighters, Air Quality Official and the business owner determined that the best course of action is to allow the pile to burn.

Although firefighters are no longer at the scene, the slash pile is being monitored, attempts to eliminate the burning slash with heavy equipment continues, and heavy smoke in the area will likely extend throughout the day.

Arcata Fire District would like to remind everyone that although this fire is one of a few fires in recent weeks that has been allowed to burn out, the decision to let the fire burn itself out is not taken lightly. Effectiveness of resources, including manpower, apparatus, water use and air quality are all considered when determining if a fire is allowed to burn out. 
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Day-Passes for Farmers in Fire Zones Available

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 9:38 AM

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Starting today, licensed farmers with property in Southern Humboldt's August Complex evacuation zone can obtain one-day passes from the county Planning and Building Department  to check on their crops and livestock.

One vehicle per pass will be allowed to visit sites in the evacuation zone between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The passes will be available at the county’s Redway office, 3156 Redwood Dr. Individuals will be required to show ID that must match the owner listed on a property’s permits.

“Law enforcement staffed at road closures will check the passes upon entry and exit of the evacuation order zone,” the county release states. Passes are approved by Cal Fire on a daily basis. “Some licensed farmers may not be approved to access the evacuation zone due to proximity of the fire and conditions on that particular day.”

For questions about the evacuation zone access passes, contact:

Humboldt County Planning & Building - Redway Office: 707-383-4100

Humboldt County Planning & Building - Eureka Office: 707-445-7541

Humboldt County Evacuation Information Line: 707-268-2500

Read the full release below:



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