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:
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.:
Residents react to Rio Dell's water crisis
RIO DELL- After the state ordered Rio Dell to stop water diversion from the Eel River, the city is rationing water use to 50 gallons a day per person.
On Friday, the city received a cease and desist letter from the State Water Board to stop diverting water from the Eel River to allow enough water for senior water rights holders. In response, the city said they would reduce water by up to 50 percent, to around 170,000 gallons a day.
Mayor of Rio Dell, Jack Thompson, said the water situation is the most serious the city has ever faced. "This is probably one of the most severe emergencies," he said.
Residents will have to stop washing cars, watering gardens and filling up hot tubs or pools. The city has already stopped watering lawns at parks and the landscape along Wildwood Avenue, a $100,000 grant funded project finished last year.
"We've already shut the sprinklers off on the grass isn't being watered," said Thompson. "The trees are already showing that they are hurting for moisture."
The restrictions are also affecting businesses, like laundry mats and restaurants. But, Thompson said the water emergency will also impact the fire department and said the city will have to purchase excess water if there are any fires.
Thompson said the city is looking for a long term solution and looking to purchase senior water rights.