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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Slater Fire Evacuation Order Lifted, No Growth for Devil Fire

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 10:49 AM

According to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service, evacuation orders relating to the Slater Fire have all been lifted as of 8 a.m. today.

Slater Fire 157,169 acres, 85 percent containment
The release states, an infrared detection flight revealed some 74 acres of fire spread along southwestern Swan Mountain and Thompson Creek headwaters, but "limited" spread elsewhere.

Devil Fire 8,885 acres, 67 percent containment
The release notes "no measurable fire growth for several days."

See the full press release in English and Spanish below:

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Suspect Arrested for Illegal Burn That Caused Church Fire

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 1:54 PM

Smoke rising from the Church Fire. - CALFIRE
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The Church Fire, which began earlier this week near Highway 169, has been determined to be caused by an escaped illegal debris burn at the residency of Louie Meyers, who has been arrested for alleged reckless burning, reckless burning during a declared state of emergency and burning during a burn suspension.

The vegetation fire was contained at 1 1/2 acres with two structures and one commercial vehicle destroyed.

"The CAL FIRE Humboldt - Del Norte Unit would like to remind the public the burn suspension is still in effect. While cooler temperatures have become more prevalent, heavier vegetative fuels remain critically dry and will continue to carry fire. Burn permits are required year-round by the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District, and, depending on the time of year and pile size, may also be required by CAL FIRE," the release states.

Read the full press release below.
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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Crash at Henderson and H Street in Eureka

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2020 at 12:03 PM

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A multi-car collision happened about 11:10 a.m. at the intersection of Henderson and H Streets in Eureka.

One woman has facial injuries. An ambulance is responding to a Code 3 (with lights and siren).

H is closed at Henderson.

UPDATE 11:50 a.m.: Video from Melinda Riley


According to our reporter Mark McKenna who spoke to witnesses, “They said it appears initial collision was two vehicles in the intersection of H and Henderson. One of those vehicles hit a parked car on H Street and the parked car appears to have been spun into H street. The parked vehicle was then apparently struck by a 4th car but they are still talking to witnesses.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

UPDATE: Vegetation Fire Northwest of Pecwan

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 5:10 PM

Smoke rising from the Church Fire. - CALFIRE
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  • Smoke rising from the Church Fire.
A vegetation fire is burning off the north end of Highway 169 and threatening multiple structures near the community of Johnson northwest of Pecwan, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Savona. The call came in about 4:07 p.m., he said.

“Aircraft are currently at the scene of a 1/4 to 1/2 acre fire,” he said. “Air will work to slow the fire with retardant until ground resources which are on the way get there.”

Savona said that Salyer Fire, Hoopa Fire, Yurok Fire, and Willow Creek Fire have been dispatched to the scene of what is now called the Church Fire.

UPDATE 5:54 p.m.: “Forward progress stopped,” Savona said.
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One New COVID Hospitalization Reported

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 3:39 PM

Public Health reported no new COVID-19 cases were confirmed today, leaving the county's total case count at 568, but one new hospitalization has occurred.

Humboldt County continues its tenuous hold to the "minimal" risk tier under the state's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy," according to California Department of Public Health data released Tuesday, with a positivity rate of 1.5 percent and an adjusted case rate of 2.8 per 100,000.

This week, health officials reminded residents that "two consecutive weeks of a case rate greater than 2.0 would move the county fully into the orange tier."

Meanwhile, the state has an overall positivity rate of 3.2 and case rate of 7.2.

Right now, under the lower risk category, most indoor businesses — including bars — can reopen but the county can put further restrictions in place, according to the state. Read more about what it means here.

The Humboldt County Data Dashboard was recently updated to include hospitalization rates by age group, death rates by age group and case totals by ZIP code, the latter of which are reported in "a range of 0 to 5 for case count until the area surpasses 5 total cases," according to a county news release.

After that threshold has been reached in a ZIP code, the exact number will be included. Today's results included 214 test samples. To date, Humboldt County has seen 37 hospitalizations and 10 COVID-related deaths.

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.
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McKinleyville Stabbing Under Investigation

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 2:11 PM

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The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is investigating a McKinleyville stabbing that resulted in one man being taken to the hospital, with another claiming he acted in self-defense after an apparent road rage incident on Haven Lane.

According to a news release, the suspect contacted the sheriff's office following the stabbing that took place just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies collected evidence from the individual, a 24 year old, who was released.

The incident apparently started when the 24 year old flipped off the 34 year old who was stabbed while driving on Haven Lane, leading to a confrontation on Chance Lane, where the stabbing occurred.

"Deputies responded to the area and made contact with the 34-year-old male stabbing victim, providing lifesaving first aid until medical crews arrived," the release states. "The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries."

His condition was not immediately available.

According to HCSO, no arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation.

Read the release below:
On Oct. 27, 2020, at about 4:24 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 1100 block of Chance Lane in McKinleyville for the report of a stabbing victim. Deputies responded to the area and made contact with the 34-year-old male stabbing victim, providing lifesaving first aid until medical crews arrived. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. During their investigation, deputies learned that the stabbing had been the result of an apparent road rage incident occurring on Haven Lane, in which the victim reportedly confronted the 24-year-old male suspect who had given him the middle finger gesture while driving. During the confrontation, the suspect reportedly stabbed the victim. Following the stabbing, both the suspect and the victim left the scene separately. While deputies were investigating, the male suspect contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office to provide a statement regarding this incident. The suspect told deputies that he had stabbed the victim out of self-defense. Sheriff’s deputies collected evidence from the suspect, and he was later released at the scene. This case is still under investigation and no arrests have been made. The case will be forwarded to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for review and charging decisions. Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Power Restored to All Humboldt County Residents

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2020 at 10:31 AM

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The Humboldt Office of Emergency Services has announced that PG&E has restored all power to Humboldt County homes.

PG&E had initiated a Public Safety Power Shutoff on Oct. 25, because of a Red Flag Warning that began on the same day. Only Southern Humboldt Residents were impacted.

PG&E Community Resource Centers have closed.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Suspect Sought After Arcata Assault

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 5:07 PM

CPR is in progress after a man was hit over the head with a wine bottle about 4:30 p.m. in the 4900 block of Van Dyke Court in the Arcata area, according to the first reports coming over the scanner.

The suspect, according to radio traffic from law enforcement, has left the scene on a motorcycle so medical is able to go in without waiting for law enforcement.

UPDATE 4:59 p.m.: According to Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, “We are assisting the Arcata Police Department in searching for an assault suspect, last seen fleeing eastbound on Highway 299 towards Blue Lake on a green Kawasaki motorcycle.”
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Bicyclist Killed in Eureka Identified

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 5:01 PM

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The Eureka Police Department has identified the bicyclist killed Oct. 24 at Broadway and West Wabash as Eureka resident Thomas Burns. He was 67.

"Based on the preliminary investigation, it appears the driver of the involved vehicle had the green light at the intersection and was turning right on to Broadway from West Wabash Ave.," a EPD news release states. "The bicyclist was traveling against traffic on Broadway through a red light when he was struck by the vehicle as it entered the intersection. It does not appear the driver saw Burns in the road."

According to the EPD, an off-duty doctor stopped to help, but Burns died at the scene. The case remains under investigation.

Read the EPD release below:

On October 24, 2020, at about 10:47 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department (EPD) responded to the intersection of Broadway and West Wabash Avenue for the report of a vehicle vs. bicyclist collision.

The male bicyclist was located down on the roadway suffering from major injuries. A passing off-duty doctor stopped to assist and Humboldt Bay Fire and City Ambulance arrived shortly after. The male was pronounced deceased by medical personnel on scene and the Coroner responded.

The next of kin has been notified and the male bicyclist has been identified as Thomas Burns, 67 of Eureka. Based on the preliminary investigation, it appears the driver of the involved vehicle had the green light at the intersection and was turning right on to Broadway from West Wabash Ave. The bicyclist was traveling against traffic on Broadway through a red light when he was struck by the vehicle as it entered the intersection. It does not appear the driver saw Burns in the road.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor. This is an active investigation and additional information will be released if available. Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to contact Detective Watson at (707) 441-4032. The Eureka Police Department would like to thank all those who immediately jumped out to help during this tragic accident.
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Investigation into Major Injury Crash on 4th Continues

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 2:23 PM

A 25-year-old man hit Oct. 22 while attempting to cross the intersection of Fourth and A streets in Eureka remains in serious but stable condition and the 47-year-old driver is cooperating with the ongoing investigation after initially leaving the scene, according to the Eureka Police Department.

A news release states the driver, whose name was not released, contacted police after returning home, telling officers he was "shook up" and didn't have his phone on him. The EPD states he was evaluated and neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor.

An initial investigation, according to the release, indicates the pedestrian tried to cross the three lanes of Fourth Street around 6 p.m. in a marked crosswalk as traffic continued toward him and then "appeared to suddenly run out in front of the car that ultimately struck him."

"The driver of the car stated that he did not see the pedestrian approaching and was unable to avoid the collision," the EPD release states. "The driver was evaluated and it does not appear drugs or alcohol were a factor. He is cooperating with the investigation and the involved vehicle was towed for evidence."

The collision remains under investigation.

Read the EPD release below:
On October 22, 2020, at about 6:12 p.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department (EPD) responded to the intersection of 4th and A Streets for the report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision. The pedestrian was located injured in the roadway and the involved vehicle was no longer on scene.


The 25-year-old male pedestrian was transported to the hospital by ambulance with major injuries. The pedestrian remains in serious but stable condition. While officers were on scene investigating, the involved driver, a 47-year-old male, contacted EPD by phone once he arrived home. Officers responded to the male’s residence for an interview.


The driver explained that he was “shook up” and didn’t have a phone on him to call from the scene. Based on the preliminary investigation and surveillance, it appears the pedestrian walked onto the marked crosswalk, in front of oncoming westbound 4th Street traffic. He attempted to cross all the three lanes of 4th Street, while traffic flow continued toward him. The pedestrian then appeared to suddenly run out in front of the car that ultimately struck him.

The driver of the car stated that he did not see the pedestrian approaching and was unable to avoid the collision. The driver was evaluated and it does not appear drugs or alcohol were a factor. He is cooperating with the investigation and the involved vehicle was towed for evidence.

The collision remains under investigation and no arrests have been made at this time. Upon completion, the case will be forwarded to the Humboldt County District Attorney for review. Further information will be released as available. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4044.
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