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 Evacuations for residences in the area of Mad River Rd from Highway 36 to Three Forks Road area and the back side of the lake on Ruth/Zenia Road to the Ruth Dam:    
State Route 36 is closed at the Trinity County line due to the wildfires. It's unknown when the roadway will re-open:    
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Longtime congressman and Ferndale native, Don Clausen, dies at 91

FERNDALE - Longtime Congressman and Ferndale native Don Clausen passed away on Saturday at the age of 91. 

In Clausen's early years he joined the navy as a carrier pilot during World War II. After the war he settled down in Crescent City where he married his wife of 63 years and started the air ambulance service at the Crescent City Airport.

Clausen served on the Board of Supervisors for Del Norte County for seven years and in 1963 Don was elected to the 88th congress where he spent 10 years.

He was known as the Flying Congressman and was the Special Projects Director for the Federal Aviation Administration for seven years. Clausen had numerous awards and accomplishments and has a display at the Ferndale Museum.

"When you first met Don Clausen, he would give you a strong warm handshake, he would look straight in your eyes, have that twinkle in his eyes and he would have that smile, that would just almost melt you right there in your shoes. And then, he would just genuinely show an interest in you and not only his interest in you as a person, but how he could help you,"   said Clausen's son in law, Jim Baumgartner.

A memorial service for Clausen will be held on Friday March 6th, from 2:30 to 5:30 at the River Lodge in Fortuna.