Red Cross Evacuation Center for Mad River/Ruth at: Van Duzen Community Center, Van Duzen Road, Mad River:
Precautionary evacuations for the town of Blocksburg. There will be a meeting Saturday at 6pm at the Baptist Church in Bridgeville 48215 Alderpoint Road :
Mandatory evacuation for both sides of Lower Mad River Road, from Ruth Marina/Journey’s End to Ruth/Zenia Road. :
State Route 36 is closed at the Trinity County line due to the wildfires. It's unknown when the roadway will re-open:
Fatal crash in Fortuna, one arrested on suspicion of DUI
From the California Highway Patrol:
On 12/16/2013, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Mr. Michael Horn was driving a 2002 Subaru southbound on Ronald Avenue. Due to Mr. Horns level of intoxication, Mr. Horn failed to stop at the posted stop sign at the intersection with Drake Hill Road. The Subaru traveled through the intersection and collided head-on into a dirt embankment on the south shoulder of Drake Hill Road. The right rear passenger, 25-year-old Weston Edward Morris-Broussard of Fortuna suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Two other passengers, Julia Ralsten and Ashley Humphrey also suffered major injuries and are currently both in critical condition. Occupant restraint usage and air bag deployment are being investigated. Mr. Horn was arrested for felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter, and was subsequently booked into the Humboldt County Jail. Officer Hindley #15771 is investigating the collision. Ronald Avenue and Drake Hill Road were open to controlled traffic and was closed for approximately 20 minutes during vehicle recovery.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.
The California Highway Patrol - Humboldt Area responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation. Emergency personnel from Fortuna Fire Department, Fortuna Police Department, and the Humboldt County Coroner’s responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.