Evacuation warnings and orders remain in effect for southern Humboldt County as fire crews work to contain the Hopkins Fire, just east of the county line. The Humboldt County Hopkins Fire Emergency Operations Center continues to staff a Fire Evacuation Information Line at 707-268-2500 for questions regarding current county evacuations and resources.
As of 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, the Hopkins Fire has not jumped the Eel River and has not entered Humboldt County. Fire crews continue working today to keep the fire east of the Eel River and out of the county away from populated areas. No containment estimate has been established.
The United States Forest Service has reclassified a portion of the Hopkins Fire as the August Complex West Zone, which is being managed by Cal Fire. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services will continue referring to this fire as the Hopkins Fire, until otherwise advised by Cal Fire.
NEW MAPPING TOOL
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services today released an interactive map of Humboldt County in relation to the Hopkins Fire (August Complex West Zone) incident, viewable at humboldtgov.org/evacmap.
The purpose of this map is to display evacuation zones, warning zones and other important resources related to the fire.
This map includes Temporary Evacuation Points, community centers, water stations, road closures and evacuation routes in addition to detailing the Evacuation Order Zones, Evacuation Warning Zones and approximate location of the Hopkins Fire (August Complex West Zone).
This map will continue to be updated with new information daily. Please ensure that you periodically refresh the map to view the latest version. The map is also available on the Humboldt County Sheriff’s web page (humboldtsheriff.org).
The search feature, indicated by the magnifying glass icon, allows users to input their address or the address of loved ones, and view in real time their physical location in reference to warning and evacuation zones.
The map is shareable via social media, email and text by clicking “share” on the upper left hand of the map text box.
*Disclaimer: this map does display Mendocino County fire information, which Humboldt County staff will update as available. For the most current map information for Mendocino County, visit https://tinyurl.com/MendoEvac/. County staff will also continue to update the location of the August Complex as quickly as possible. For the most current information, please visit the Inciweb page for this incident.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services would like to thank the Humboldt County Planning & Building for lending their skills and expertise in creating and updating this valuable map resource.
CURRENT EVACUATION INFORMATION
An EVACUATION ORDER remains in effect for the areas south of Highway 36 in Bridgeville, and all communities along Alderpoint Road down to the Mendocino / Trinity County Line. No time estimate has been given for the lifting of this order.
An EVACUATION WARNING remains in effect for all areas west of Bell Springs Road to Highway 101 spanning from Elk Creek Road / Dyerville Loop Road to the Mendocino / Trinity County Line in Southern Humboldt County. No time estimate has been given for the lifting of this warning.
Maps of evacuation zones and routes are available at humboldtgov.org/evacmap or humboldtsheriff.org
Evacuation order and warning decisions are determined by Cal Fire. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services will notify residents of new orders or warnings via Humboldt Alert, online at humboldtsheriff.org and on the HumCoOES social media pages.
CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS
Alderpoint Road and Bell Springs Road remain closed within the Evacuation Order area.
Residents are encouraged to visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ to check for state highway closures.
RESOURCES FOR THE COMMUNITY
A Temporary Evacuation Point remains active at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds, located at 1250 5th St in Ferndale, for evacuees from Southern Humboldt County seeking resources. Resources available at this location include:
- Free car/tent camping,
- Low-cost RV parking sites,
- Large animal boarding,
- Red Cross services.
Small animal boarding is now available for fire evacuees.
The Humboldt Transit Authority is currently offering regular services to Southern Humboldt County.
The City of Rio Dell has opened a free water station, located at 675 Wildwood Avenue in Rio Dell, for evacuees in need of water.
Other community resources have self-organized to assist fire evacuees. Please reach out to those resources directly for more information.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
County residents are encouraged to sign up for Humboldt Alert at humboldtgov.org/alerts.
For more information regarding the Hopkins Fire, current impact and evacuation areas, please go to humboldtsheriff.org and visit @HumCoOES on Facebook and Twitter, or call 707-268-2500.
For the latest Hopkins Fire information: humboldtsheriff.org
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