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:
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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Victim named in Rancho Sequoia homicide
SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT- Fifty-seven year old Scott William Johnson of Alderpoint is the victim of a shooting homicide in Rancho Sequoia Monday evening.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into Johnson’s murder, assessing whether Monday’s homicide could be related to another homicide in the area last Friday.
According the sheriff’s office, Johnson and a group of residents had gone looking for homicide suspect Matthew Brown on Monday night. Brown is accused of murdering Neil Decker in Alderpoint last Friday.
Johnson was shot to death on Monday and was found lying in a dirt road. His autopsy was scheduled for today. Officials say the results will tell investigators how many times he was shot and what caliber weapon was used.
“Investigators are currently still investigating the correlation between Monday night's homicide and Friday night's homicide in the same area. Both homicides were probably within a mile of each other in the rancho sequoia area. The rancho sequoia area again is a small community of dirt roads. Probably 100-200 people live in that community- but trying to figure out the correlation between the two homicides,” said Lieutenant Wayne Hanson with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators still have not named a suspect in Monday night’s shooting. Johnson’s murder marks the area’s fourth homicide in the last two years.