Fire Season

This page is divided into sections - Air Quality, Fire News, Fire Evacuees, Be Ready for Fire Season, and Donate & Volunteer.

You can't always see air quality. Check the Air Quality Index.

Check air quality monitors. Bad air isn't always easy to see or smell.

Air Quality, Smoke Density, and Health Warnings

PurpleAir - air quality monitor readings  current readings from home and area monitors.

AirNow Fire and Smoke Map - readings from government and private monitors, adjusted for a more official number than PurpleAir.

Smoke Outlook from the Air Quality Response Program, for local areas affected by regional fires.

North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District

When the Air is Hazardous or Worse on the Air Quality Index -  what you can do. Air quality is unhealthy for everyone when it's above 200 on this index, and hazardous when it's over 300. 

Covered California Health Insurance for People Affected by Wildfire

Wildfire Smoke and your health - what you can do.

Wildfire Smoke and Covid-19  -  breathing wildfire smoke makes you more vulnerable to the disease.

Wearing a mask & wildfire smoke 

Worker Health in Wildfire Regions, Guidance from the California Department of Industrial Relations.  See what California experts and laws say about both outdoor workers and indoor workers.

Food Safety in a Power Outage  Certain foods can spoil quickly, especially meat, egg-based foods (whole uncooked eggs in the shell are usually OK), dairy, and frozen foods.

Are there Active Fires Near You?  

Fire News    

CalFire Incidents

InciWeb Overview Map

UC Fire Activity Map (not an official government map, but combines fire information, and allows you to search for an address)

Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services

Humboldt County Sheriff  - (707) 268-2500   Humboldt Evacuation Orders (if any) 

Trinity County Office of Emergency Services - Evac Zones, Fire Info

Hoopa Valley Office of Emergency Services  - (530) 625-4366

What to Do if Trapped in Your Car, On Foot, or In a Home

What to Do if Trapped at Home or In the Open

See Local Updates at these Humboldt News Sources

Lost Coast Outpost                Redheaded Blackbelt

Eureka Times-Standard         NCJ Daily

Roads & Traffic

Caltrans Updates for Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, & Mendocino Counties

California Traffic Information

California Road Conditions Map (Note - use Options tab and select Road Conditions)

Oregon Road Conditions & Traffic Map

Fire Evacuees

530-276-8034  American Red Cross (Assistance, Shelter Info)    

707-599-1734  Animal Sheltering (when available in Humboldt)

Humboldt County Food Resources (pdf)

Humboldt County Clothing Resources (pdf)

Fire Emergency Shelters 

Humboldt County's Red Cross shelters are opened during active fire disasters. Call 530-276-8034 to check with the Red Cross for updates and other shelter ideas.

Register with FEMA for Longer Term Help

Disaster victims can register with FEMA for help getting shelter (the 'Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program').

Register for Disaster Assistance with FEMA or call 1-800-621-3362. New disaster victim? It's a good idea to apply now even if you have no idea whether any help from FEMA can be useful to you. Failing to register now may disqualify you from aid later when you find out what you need or when special aid is granted.

Post-Fire Guides

Helping Handbook for Wildfire Recovery (2020)

Congressman Huffman's Wildfire Resource Guide (2020)

Step by step insurance help for wildfire damage from UpHelp, a nonprofit group

California Wildfire Recovery Resources  - including housing, financial assistance, debris removal, and other programs designed to help wildfire victims.

Disaster Loans  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) wants your family and your business to survive. They offer low-interest disaster loans to those in declared disaster areas, including businesses of all sizes, nonprofits, homeowners, and renters.

What to expect after a wildfire  -  including what to check on returning to a burned area, the greater risk of flooding, erosion, mudslides, rockfalls, etc., and two helpful printable guides (guides are dated June 2019).

Care for burned land - Fire Recovery Guide from the California Native Plant Society

Tips from California Fire Survivors

Part A, First Steps After Fire

Part B, Survivors & Insurance Companies