Shasta-Trinity National Forest Fork Complex: A community meeting will be held today, August 2, at 1pm at the Hayfork Community Church in Hayfork. A community meeting will be held today, August 2, at 4pm in Hyampom, at the Volunteer Fire Department.:
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.:
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: - Click for more Info
State Route 36 is closed at the Trinity County line due to the wildfires. It's unknown when the roadway will re-open:
For 24-hour Air Quality Information, call the NCUAQMD’s hotline toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329), or visit the website at www.ncuaqmd.org.: - Click for more Info
Nine wildfires so far in 2014 in Northern California
We’re not even a week into the new year and there have been nine wildfires in the Humboldt/Del Norte area. Cal Fire officials say this has been the most dangerous winter for wildfires in recent history.
Weather officials say historically dry weather in the region is why there have been nine wildfires in just six days."Anytime you're this dry, you really get concerned about wildfires," said Ryan Aylward, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Eureka.
The Battalion Chief of the Cal Fire office in Fortuna, Chief Bob Ellis, says this winter is anything but typical.
"It’s the first one I've seen quite like this. Usually we've got plenty of water flowing around here," said Chief Ellis.
Wildfire season typically starts at the end of spring, so all of the seasonal Cal Fire responders are currently laid off. This means Cal Fire must rely on outside help, from local agencies to firefighters from as far as Napa County.
"It just takes a lot longer to get enough people at the fire to really make an impact on it," Chief Ellis said.
The Red Wildfire is expected to be completely contained by Thursday, leaving no more fires burning in the region. Fire officials urge you to try to keep it that way by following these steps if burning anything outside.
"You need to make sure that you have water available to fight the fire. That you have tools available and that somebody is in attendance of the fire at all times," said Chief Ellis.
Fire officials remind you that dry weather is the main cause of wildfires, and just because it’s cold does not mean wildfires can’t start.
With storm systems expected to move into the area this week, cal fire officials say this should only help with containment.