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Friday, September 7, 2018

UPDATE: Crash Closes 101 North of the Peg House

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 8:21 AM

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One-way traffic has been set up after an accident closed both lanes of U.S. Highway 101 north of the Peg House between Leggett and Confusion Hill for a little over an hour.

According to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page, a large truck with a trailer struck a tree about 7:16 a.m.

Traffic was backed up in both directions.
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

UPDATE: Delta Fire Explodes in Size: Closure of I-5 Impacting SR 299

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 12:19 PM

Delta Fire closes down a stretch of I-5. - CHP
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  • Delta Fire closes down a stretch of I-5.
UPDATE:
CHP in Redding posted on Facebook that there is currently no estimated time for Interstate 5 to reopen, reiterating that the agency understands the importance of the roadway but public safety is its No. 1 priority.

“At this time, we do not have an estimated time of opening. There are several debris in the roadway which have to be removed, bridges to inspect, guardrail to repair, signs to inspect,” the post states. “Please know we are trying our hardest. We want to ensure it is safe to open before it is opened to traffic.”

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The rapidly growing Delta Fire reportedly began yesterday just before 1 p.m. as three separate fires near the Vollmers exit on Interstate 5 at the north end of Shasta Lake. The fires combined into an inferno that burned quickly over a large area – 15,294 acres as of this morning.

With a 45-mile stretch of Interstate 5 shut down on the northbound side from Fawndale Road north of Redding and southbound at Mott Road, north of Dunsmuir, due to the blaze, Caltrans is cautioning drivers to expect heavier than normal traffic on State Route 299 between Weaverville and Redding.

For up-to-date traffic information, visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

InciWeb reports that fire behavior was extreme “with rapid rates of spread up to one mile per hour…observed. The fire front was up to three miles wide on the northern side with approximately 300-foot flame lengths.”

Jefferson Public Radio report that residents in the area are posting photos of a pyrocumulus cloud — also known as a fire cloud — which can create a turbulent atmosphere inside that results in a self-generated thunderstorm. A similar phenomenon occurred in the Carr Fire, which would go on to spawn a massive fire whirl that killed a firefighter and caused a swath of damage with winds up to 165 miles and a base the size of three-football fields.


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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Law Enforcement at Scene of Body Found on Bell Springs Road

Posted By on Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 2:34 PM

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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body found lying on Bell Springs Road within a mile of Alderpoint Road.

Lt. Mike Fridley of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office told Redheaded Blackbelt that the officers at the scene had not yet determined if this was “a traffic accident or a body dump.” Officers are investigating and an autopsy will be done when it can be scheduled. According to a press release, the deceased male appears to have been in his 50s and the death has been officially deemed suspicious.

One witness described seeing the body of what appeared to be a male lying in the road uncovered with several law enforcement officers at the scene. Firsthand reports from witnesses place the body there since at least 9:30 a.m.

One woman reported seeing, “[T]wo sheriff cars with two sheriffs standing by them with yellow tape around the north (going towards Garberville) bound lane and a yellow sheet over what looked to be the shape of a body. On Bell Springs Rd near the junction with Alderpoint Rd. Just out of the north end of Spruce Grove with the little barn above.”


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Sac Bee Looks at Rural Policing and a Kettenpom Couple's Terrifying Ordeal

Posted By and on Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM

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Rural residents know that a 911 call to law enforcement may result in an hours long wait for a response. On Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee posted the culmination of several months of research into the problem.

Leading the article is the story of how in March of 2011 a Trinity County couple, Jim and Norma Gund, had their throats slashed by a murderer when they responded to a request from a Trinity County Sheriff Cpl. Ron Whitman to check on their neighbor who had called 911 for help. Whitman was almost 100 miles away in Weaverville.

According to the Bee’s story, “[T]he drive — through rugged forest and over steep passes — would take almost three hours.”


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Friday, August 31, 2018

SR 299 Lanes Reopen after Crash

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 8:49 PM

Berry Summit traffic cam. - CALTRANS
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At approximately 7:20 p.m., two vehicles collided at Vista Point on Berry Summit on State Route 299. Traffic lanes were reopened around 8:30 p.m. after being closed due to the accident, according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page.

A Toyota 4-Runner and a Chevrolet Silverado struck front ends, according to the same source. One was pulling a boat on a trailer.

Two ambulances were requested, according to a dispatcher speaking over the scanner.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was directing traffic.
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UPDATE: Fires Breaking Out Along SR 299

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 1:56 PM

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2nd UPDATE:
According to CalFire Battalion Chief Paul Savory, the fire's forward progress has been stopped at 2.5 acres. Crews are currently mopping up but the threat to structures has been mitigated. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

1st UPDATE:
According to the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services, westbound traffic on State Route 299 is currently being diverted due to the fire in the vicinity of Glendale Road. Motorists are also asked "to stay off Glendale Road while fire crews are working."


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

UPDATE: Warehouse, Dock Damaged in Fields Landing Fire

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 3:59 PM

Structure fire in Fields Landing. - PHOTO BY SERENA GIORDANO
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UPDATE:

Humboldt Bay Fire is reporting that the Fields Landing fire has been fully extinguished after 16 hours. There were no injures but the damage to equipment — including 250 crab pots —the warehouse and the dock is estimated at $750,000.

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Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a large structure fire at the Olsen Dock in Fields Landing last night and had to call in a fireboat to help battle the blaze, which spread from a large warehouse structure to the dock itself.

The effort to control the blaze continued this morning, when crews were expected to take advantage of low tide to try to extinguish the fire on the underside of the dock.

The fire is considered “suspicious and human caused,” according to a Humboldt Bay Fire press release.

No injuries were reported and Humboldt Bay Fire says it will release more information as it becomes available.

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Cows on 101 Near Loleta Cause Series of Crashes

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 10:15 AM

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Loose cows caused a series of accidents on U.S Highway 101 near the Loleta Drive exit last night and this morning, leaving at least one person with serious injuries as law enforcement continues to work the scene, which is not expected to be completely cleared up until this afternoon.

At least one of the cows got out again around 9 a.m., according to the CHP.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

UPDATE: State Route 96 is Open

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 1:48 PM

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UPDATE:
Caltrans and the Hoopa Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services are reporting that State Route 96 is now reopen, more than an hour before schedule.

PREVIOUSLY:

Officials are asking travelers to use caution while driving on State Route 96 after its slated reopening today around 3 p.m.

The noon pilot car that escorts drivers on the stretch between Hoopa and Weitchpec has been canceled to allow firefighters to remove hoses used to fight the Mill Creek Fire in the area.

According to a morning report, the arson-caused blaze remains steady at around 3,700 acres and is now 79 percent contained.

“The activity on the fire has decreased and moved into a neighboring watershed, which has reduced the smoke impacts in the upper Hoopa Valley,” the post states. “Fire activity is expected to be minimal going forward, so air quality is expected continue to improve over the coming days.”

Orleans and Weitchpec are expected to have "moderate" air quality while Bald Hill, Hoopa and Willow Creek remain designated as "unhealthy for sensitive groups. "


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Homemade Explosive Device Found in McKinleyville Field

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 10:31 AM

This homemade explosive device was found in a McKinleyville field. - HCSO
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  • This homemade explosive device was found in a McKinleyville field.
A homemade explosive device found in a McKinleyville field Monday afternoon by a person doing landscaping work was rendered safe by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordnance Team.

The device was found on the 1800 block of Murray Road, east of Central Avenue, around 2:30 p.m. The sheriff’s office is reminding residents not to pick up suspicious objects but to instead call 911 and keep others from approaching it.

The case remains under investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.


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