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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA- California has mobilized additional resources to fight the current wildfires since the Governor declared a State of Emergency last week.  In the meantime, State Senator Mike McGuire, who visited Humboldt Bay on Monday for an aquaculture tour, has a message for local residents.

"In many of these fires, they're seeing unprecedented fire behavior, very aggressive and very erratic and unpredictable and extremely dangerous," said State Senator Mike McGuire.

"If you receive an evacuation notice, get out of town.  These fires are huge.  They're burning hot.   They're burning fast."

Fourteen separate California National Guard hand crew teams will be fighting fires throughout the state by the middle of this week.  Each of those teams have 20 crew members, who have been training over the last 72 hours.  On Sunday, 400 additional firefighters from throughout the West Coast were flown in and four C-130 aircraft, 8 National Guard helicopters and two other helicopters from Nevada have been brought in as well.  Currently, CAL FIRE is developing a staging area outside of Redding to help mobilize units to the various blazes.

"It seems to be a lot of the activity is here in Humboldt and Trinity Counties and they are beginning to gather more resources.  Obviously, the fire in Lake County has a huge amount of resources attributed to that, but more and more resources are coming here so people need to realize," said Assemblymember Jim Wood.

"They're coming.  It takes a while to get them here and they're big trucks and you've got to get crews."

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LAKE COUNTY - The Rocky Fire in Lake County continues to be a challenge for firefighters.

Over the weekend, it grew 20,000 acres in a five hour period. The fire is now 67,000 acres and 20% contained. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations of over 13,000 people are still in place.  The flames have already destroyed two dozen homes and more than two dozen outbuildings. Nearly 6,000 homes...

EUREKA - A Eureka man was arrested after leading law enforcement on a high speed chase.

Taken into custody was 26-year old Jarrad Lafayette of Eureka. Tuesday afternoon just before 1:20, Eureka Police were notified that Arcata Police were in pursuit of Lafayette in an allegedly stolen Nissan Xterra and were entering Eureka. EPD joined the chase which was discontinued twice for safety...

EUREKA- Tuesday night, the community had the opportunity to meet members of our local law enforcement.

It’s all part of National Night Out, designed to give the public a chance to meet those who prevent crime and keep our community safe.

There were several agencies on hand including California Highway Patrol, Eureka Police Department, and Humboldt Bay Fire. The Arcata Police...

HUMBOLDT COUNTY- It’s the oldest maritime service in the nation and it’s celebrating a big milestone.

The Coast Guard turned 225 years old Tuesday. Here on the North Coast, it’s the only military organization. According to Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay, its primary mission is search and rescue and helping those in need.

"I think probably the only consistent thing that’s been...

KLAMATH- Members of the Hoopa and Yurok Tribes say they’re doing all they can to prevent a fish kill similar to the one in 2002.

The tribes have requested additional water from the Trinity Reservoir due to adverse conditions and to protect migrating Klamath-Trinity river salmon. It’s been done in years past but the Bureau of Reclamation denied that request.

"Ours says higher...

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA- Fire crews continue to battle the wildfires burning across Northern California.  The Mad River Complex is now eight percent contained as opposed to six percent on Monday.

The Complex is almost 13,700 acres. More than 780 personnel are fighting this lightning caused fire and they are currently focusing their efforts on structure defense in the area of Ruth Lake. ...

NORTH COAST- With all of the wildfires, local officials and state lawmakers are urging the public to be aware of possible scams.

Several groups are raising money for fire victims, but officials ask you to be careful when donating money and to use websites of non-profit organizations.  CAL FIRE directly to see what options are available.  State lawmakers say you need to be wary of...

TRINIDAD- Safety is the main topic of a public on Wednesday in Trinidad.

About a year and a half ago, the Trinidad City Council, community members, 5th District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg and Sheriff's Office officials gathered to discuss safety concerns in and around Trinidad.  Residents shared that the main problems were burglaries and transient related issues.  After that meeting, a...

ARCATA - With wildfire season in full effect, fire prevention specialists are reminding homeowners how they can protect their property.

Homeowners can implement defensible space, which slows down an approaching fire and gives firefighters access to extinguish it.The Arcata Fire District has designed a defensible space model as an educational tool. One side shows a home with proper...

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