Many Road Closures Remain in the Willow Creek Area

A road closed sign near the Six Rivers fires zone.

Willow Creek, Calif. (KIEM)- The containment of the Six Rivers lighting complex fire remains unchanged at 80% with many evacuation orders being downgraded to warnings. Two evacuation orders in zones HUM-058 and HUM-061-A remain in effect, as 20% of active fire is still a concern and a priority for officials. 

Security Manager at the fire base camp, Scott Forman, explains where the active parts of the fire remain and where personnel are putting in the most work.

“Most of the fire is going to be mostly considered up here, up in the Horse Range area, and that’s where we got most of our fire personnel working at the time. The other one would be here in the Titlow area.” 

While evacuation orders begin to lift, many road closures are still in place. These road closures are not necessarily due to residential danger, but rather road obstruction and firefighter operation. 

Public Information Officer for the fire, Daniel Ramey, shares more information with us about these road closures. 

“We’re keeping those roads closed for people to not travel on them so we don’t hamper the operation of the firefighters,” said Ramey. It’s not so much for the residents as a lot of those have been open. And we’re so thankful for that. But a lot of those roads are just a lot of fire apparatus, and we don’t want there to be any accidents.” 

Ramey advises drivers to take it slow on the roads. He explains that Fire trucks are a little wider than normal cars, so you just want to be careful when you’re taking those corners and look out for fire personnel. 

Two community meetings to inform the public and share concerns will be held this weekend.

The first meeting will take place at 10 AM Saturday at the Hawkins Bar fire department. The second meeting will be at 3 pm Sunday at the Hoopa fire department. You can also join the meetings online through Facebook livestream. 

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